Geranium (Pelargonium)
Geranium (Pelargonium)
Geranium (Pelargonium)
Geranium (Pelargonium)

Geranium (Pelargonium)

Typically available March-August

Zonal for flowers, Fancy for foliage, Ivy for trailing or Scented for fragrance, small wonder Geraniums continue to be a summer favorite.

Care: best in at least 4-6 hours of sun

Moisture: allow soil to dry out at least one day between waterings but not to the point of wilting; make sure containers have drainage holes as they are not tolerant of constantly wet soil.

Pests: geraniums have few pests when grown outdoors except a caterpillar that eats the flowers called a bud worm which is delivered to the plant by a small brown moth. Treat plants with Bt or Captain Jacks beginning in late June or early July (or when you see small brown moths landing on your plants) and repeat as directed.

Maintenance: Deadheading spent flowers will encourage reblooming and keep plants looking nice. Fertilize regularly if grown incontainers to keep in peak condition.

Winter: most of us consider these types of geraniums to be annuals and we replant them each year however they can be overwintered with special care and preparations by storing them in a heated basement or garage until spring.

Hardy perennial geraniums have a different type of flower and growing habit but are no less beautiful – check them out in the perennial section for a geranium that will come back year after year!

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