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Native to South Africa, the gorgeous geranium is as well known for its beauty as it is for its fragrant foliage. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the flowers you’re smelling, but the foliage.
These flowers are easy to grow, very tolerant when it comes to droughts, and entirely edible. As a result, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t try your green thumb at growing some this year.
Do you love geraniums but don’t know where to start to grow them and make them bloom?
You don’t necessarily have to be a plant expert to have beautiful geraniums in your garden or on your balcony, just follow a series of little tips: here’s everything you need to know when you want to grow geraniums.
Geraniums are colorful and highly valued ornamental plants, these plants are native to southern Africa and belong to the Geraniaceae family. They are resistant, colorful and above all easy to grow. These plants are perfect for decorating terraces and balconies during the summer, there are endless varieties. They can all be grown in pots or in the garden. Here’s everything you need to do to grow them in pots, on the terrace, or in the garden.
How To Grow Geraniums:
5 Rules To Make Them Thrive
Geraniums are beautiful and easy to care for, as long as you choose the right time of year to plant them and follow a series of simple tips. Temperature, pots, drainage, size: here’s all you need to do.
When to plant geraniums Geraniums
normally flower in May, so it is necessary to plant them when it is no longer cold outside, which is when outside temperatures start to hit the double digits. From the first warm days of spring, you will begin to see the effects of your work.
Which jars to choose?
The choice of the pot is also crucial to care for geraniums impeccably. The ideal planters should be neither too small nor too large. This is a plant that needs space and a lot of soil, but at the same time needs to be “tightened” by the planter. It also needs a drainage layer placed at the bottom and a pre-fertilized potting mix.
Prune them regularly
Geraniums should be pruned with some regularity. Old branches should always be removed, while all others should be shortened at specific times of the year. In spring, you need to remove dead flowers, while in early autumn the branches should be thinned by a third. If this was not done in autumn, it must be repotted and fertilized. It is also advisable to leave a distance of 20 cm between a geranium plant and the others.
When can they be placed outside
Spring is the season for geraniums and it is at this time of the year that they can be placed outside. However, you have to be very careful with the temperatures: as they are plants that suffer from the cold, you have to wait until the temperature exceeds 8 degrees at night before placing them on the balcony or the terrace.
Geraniums can withstand sweltering temperatures, provided they are watered regularly. The soil should never dry out completely but if, for example, you have to go away for the weekend, you should know that it can store a lot of water which it then releases slowly. What does that mean? That you can safely leave it for a few days without watering it.
How to grow geraniums in the garden
Geraniums can also be grown in the ground, so in the garden or in a flower bed, it is enough that the chosen soil is airy, porous, and well drained. They must be planted at a depth similar to that of the pots, that is, 20-25 cm, so that the roots do not rot due to the accumulation of water at the bottom of the soil, but it is necessary to be careful not to damage the stem, which could become vulnerable to attack by pests. You can use fertilizers, preferably liquid ones, and you should never exceed the dosage recommended on the package. The ideal is to dilute the fertilizers with water to prevent the roots from burning because of the excessive acidity of the product. Water, as in all other cases, should always be plentiful, but not excessive.