How to care for geraniums: advice on growing geraniums in pots or in the garden. Care to devote to the plant and what to do if geraniums do not bloom.
In this guide we will seehow to care for geraniums.
How many times has it happened to you to feel envy for those balconies or terraces full of geraniums? Surely many would like to have a beautiful and rich flowering of geraniumsright on the balcony or in the backyard.
THE geraniums they are among the flowers most present in the garden and on the terrace and thanks to their intense flowering they are able to give a touch of elegance in any green space.
THE geraniums they don't need too many care but if some basic rules are not observed there is a risk of not having a beautiful flowering. If yours geraniums do not bloomor have scant blooms, be sure to follow these five rules for getting lush and giving plantsbloomsabundant.
How to take care of geraniums, 5 essential rules
On this page we will show you how to care for geraniums following the necessary indications.
Place the plants in areas with a lot of sunlight: otherwise, flowering will be scarce or absent. Despite your constant concern for the plant, if the pot is placed in partial shade, the geraniums will not be able to bloom with strong vigor.
2) Geraniums in autumn and winter
Use space-saving pots because the roots don't need a lot of space. Compact pots will be easier to move under cover.
For those who live in southern Italy.
With the end of summer, shelter the geraniums from the wind with agro-fabric.
Non-woven plant sheets can be found in garden centers, top garden stores, nurseries or on Amazon. On Amazon, a 10-meter roll of non-woven fabric for ornamental or garden plants can be bought at a price of 9.99 euros with free shipping. For all information, please refer to the official page: Super Grow non-woven fabric.
For those who live in the north of Italy.
You can only keep geraniums in the garden in spring and summer. With the arrival of the first frosts, move the pots to an area sheltered from wind and frost.
3) Fertilize the geraniums
Geraniums must be fertilized, especially when grown in pots.
For fertilization you can use coffee grounds. In order to avoid the risk of dragging mold into the ground, it will be advisable to first dry the coffee grounds in the sun and then spread them carefully in the ground. Coffee grounds are a good remedy for plant maintenance.
In view of flowering and with the rising temperatures in early spring, you can provide the plant with a specific fertilizer.
A good supply of fertilizer (liquid or soluble granular) rich in microelements and with an NPK 4-6-6 ratio will be necessary.
Nitrogen (N) will help vegetation and the development of new photosynthetic tissues. Phosphorus will help support good plant vigor while potassium and trace elements will improve blooms. A fertilizer of this kind is ideal for having abundant blooms.
Fertilizers with an NPK 4-6-6 ratio are easy to find. On Amazon, a one-liter bottle can be bought for 5.65 euros and free shipping. Once again, we refer you to the official page:Gesal, fertilizer for geraniums(The package says geraniums but, in reality, you can also use it for other flowering plants!).
4) Small weekly attentions
Weekly, observe yours geraniums. Remove dead leaves and dried flowers with garden shears.
When cutting dead plant parts, be careful to make a clean cut about 1 cm from the stem attachment. In this way you will avoid scratching the branches, thus avoiding exposing the plant to attacks by parasites. Ideally you should cut the twigs with specific gardening scissors but in practice, you can use any sharp scissors but only after making sure that they are well disinfected.
Repot the geraniums every year, choosing a pot only slightly larger than the previous one. In fact, annual repotting of geraniums is recommended for soil replacement.
Use a soil of peat and clayey earth, specific soil for geraniums are available on the market.
Periodically add a pinch of calcium carbonate to raise the pH of the soil: it can only benefit the plant. In contrast to the fertilizers that are needed, calcium carbonate can be replaced with wood ash. If you have a fireplace, you can add natural ash to the soil in the pot and irrigate.
How to take care of geraniums, water
- Water the geraniums on warm days as soon as the sun goes down. In spring and summer, geraniums need to be bathed often; the soil must never be dry.
- Never water in the evening, especially in autumn and with the dawn of spring. The temperature drops enough to freeze the water in the soil, causing pain to the roots.
- Never pour too much water on the ground. Watering must be gradual and slow, thus letting the water flow slowly under the leaves.
- When the earth has absorbed, pour more water.
- Avoid water stagnation to prevent the roots from rotting.
- Avoid getting the leaves wet.
There are many reasons why geranium plants do not bloom. The most common cause lies in the incorrect exposure of the plant.
If you have ageranium that does not bloomlow light may be the cause. THEgeraniums without flowersthey should be moved to a very bright place. Respect five o'clockcareto be dedicated togeraniumsseen previously and you will see that there will be no shortage of blooms!
Pruning of geranium
The best time to prune geranium is early spring. Work on the shape of the plant by pruning the stems without fear and remember to eliminate the dry stems and the remains of the flowers and fallen leaves so as to prevent possible diseases.