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Plant of the Week: Geraniums

Pelargonium spp.

Plant of the Week: Geraniums

Geraniums are a sign that spring has just about sprung around the nursery. They are one of the earliest annuals we get in. The fresh, inviting, bright color is a welcome sign after a cold winter like we have just been through. Here is how to grow them and use them in your garden.

Characteristics: 

  • Dimensions: Approximately 1-2 feet tall and wide
  • Growth Habit: Low-lying, leafy structure. Blooms extend above the plant.
  • Foliage: Perennials technically, though we treat them as annuals. Green leaves that are lobed with rounded edges.
  • Blooms: Blooms appear in early spring and come in reds, whites, pinks, and orages as well as some variegated blooms.
  • Hardiness: Need to be brought indoors in order to winter over effectively. Keep in a warm environment.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic to pets according to the ASPCA

Care Requirements:

  • Light: Needs 4-6 hours of light daily to bloom. Most enjoy morning sunlight and afternoon relief.
  • Water: Allow to dry between watering
  • Soil: Soil should be well-drained with organic materical incorporated
  • Fertilizer: Liquid fertilizers can be applied every 2 weeks or you can use a granular slow release fertilizer to nourish.
  • Pruning: Deadheading promotes blooming. You can also remove any older leaves as they begin to turn yellow.

Uses:

  • Use Geraniums in pots as single, pretty flowers to ring in the spring. You can use them in almost any potted display.
  • Can be used in hanging baskets with complimentary colors (reds and oranges with yellow or blues for instance)
  • Can be used in beds with the proper light and soil requirements met. The long-lasting blooms are ideal to bring your garden into summer.

We all love springtime and all the color and beauty that accompany this time of year. Geraniums are just the beginning for us here at the nursery but what a welcome sight! Try a few pots this year to kick off your gardens spring!

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