The Colors of Geraniums

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A wide spectrum of colors are created by the two groups of geraniums (belonging to the family geraniaceae). The genus pelargonium — known as the garden geranium — is the popular annual frequently seen in summer containers. The genus geranium — called true geranium, hardy geranium or cranesbill — is the perennial used in borders,…


How to Keep Geraniums Over the Winter

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Although generally thought of as annuals, geraniums are actually cold-sensitive perennial plants and will last many seasons with proper care. Overwintering geraniums is the main obstacle to keeping them alive for long periods of time, but luckily there are a couple of ways to help the plant survive until springtime. If done properly, preparing geraniums…


How to Winterize Ivy Geraniums

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Ivy geraniums are a common flower choice in the outdoor garden. They grow either in pots or in garden soil but they prefer moderate temperatures and won’t survive the cold winter months. Potted geraniums are brought indoors in the fall and will continue growing indoors. Planted geraniums need to be dug up and prepared for…


How to Garden With Hardy Geraniums

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Hardy and adaptable, perennial geraniums (Geranium spp.) are a good choice for gardeners looking for easy, reliable plants. The plants’ characteristics vary with different varieties. Cranesbill geranium (G. sanguineum) has magenta flowers all spring and summer and makes a 12-inch mound. In contrast, G. phaeum Album is a 30-inch, upright plant with white flowers. The…


Geraniums & Leaves Turning Yellow

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Geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are shrub-like perennials that bloom with pink, red, coral or purple flowers that often grow in clusters. The roundish foliage is wavy and lobed. Geraniums prefer warm, sunny weather and well-drained soil. A fungal disease causes geranium plants to yellow. Identification Geraniums are susceptible to root rot caused by the phythium or…


Geraniums in the Winter

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Geraniums do not tolerate freezing winter weather, but gardeners willing to expend a little effort can bring the plants back year after year. Gardeners have a number of options that, depending on their circumstances, can give them a vibrant plant early the next year. Because the plant has no stored energy in the form of…


Can You Propagate Geraniums?

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Geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are blooming perennials suitable for planting in flower beds and containers. They are best known for their colorful booms and foliage and fast growth. Some types have scented leaves that smell like roses, mint or fruit when crushed. Other types, such as the ivy-leaved geranium, have a cascading habit and large colorful…


The Disadvantages of Geraniums

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Geraniums are reliable, sturdy plants that require little maintenance to keep them blooming throughout the growing season. While growing geraniums offers many advantages and few disadvantages, there are a few problems that may befall geraniums. Fortunately, geraniums usually remain healthy all season. Cold Tender Geraniums are cold tender and won’t survive past the first frost…


How to Propagate Sterile, Hybrid, Hardy Geraniums

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The Geranium genera consists of 300 species of perennials. They have roundish, toothed leaves and five-petaled flowers in shades of pink, purple and blue. After the flowers fade, they develop long seed heads resembling a crane’s bill. This resemblance gives them their common name, cranesbill. Geraniums are hardy from USDA plant zones 2 to 11.…


How to Care for Zonal Geraniums

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Zonal geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are common garden plants with brightly colored flowers and ornamental leaves. Depending on the variety, geraniums reach up to 36 inches tall. The leaf markings produce a zone of color in the heart of the leaf. The multicolored leaves include bronze, scarlet, cream and yellow colors. The 2- to 3-inch blossoms…


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