Loving Geraniums

How could someone NOT love geraniums. There is just something so comforting about this old fashioned flower. My grandmother… all of hers were planted in my grandpa’s tobacco cans.


Watching Your Geraniums Bloom

Now can you find a prettier flower than this and the blooming time never seems to stop!

Did you know…
…that there are meanings associated with every flower? Comfort is the word associated with the geranium. Does that fit for you??

It’s been a really rainy summer where I live and obviously the flowers don’t like all that moisture. They are beginning to look really bedraggled. Tomorrow I’m going to move them to a spot in the garden that receives the most sun. (They are in planters in case you are wondering). Hopefully a few days to dry out will bring them back.

Most types prefer full sun and will bloom at their best in these kinds of conditions. Geraniums prefer a pot (or in the ground) that offers loose soil that drains well.

 

What you need to know about geraniums

You can call me frugal or plain sentimental, but I have been overwintering the same geraniums for years now. I love their colour; I love that come spring they are landscape-size and full of blooms.

A reader emailed to say she was saddened to see a huge pot of geraniums, given to her when her Mom passed away, blacken and die when Jack Frost arrived. The reader spends several weeks in Florida, so bringing the potted plants indoors for the winter is …

 

Bring new life to geraniums

“Geranium” is now reserved for the hardy perennial geraniums. Pelargonium are frost-tender “geraniums.” The most commonly grown, for a long season of summer flowers in sunny garden sites and containers.
Geraniums, echeverias and other tender succulents, flowering Maples or Abutilon and tropical plants like bougainvillea, Mandeville and jade plants will all suffer and die when the weather turns frosty.

Our women’s group sold geraniums for Mother’s Day a few years ago and we were quite surprised at the response. There didn’t seem to be any middle ground. People either loved them or hated them. ¬†Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

Tips for growing healthy geraniums

1. Geraniums can be poisonous for some individuals. Symptoms to look for are skin irritation, redness of the skin and skin swelling. Severity of symptoms vary depending on how much is ingested.

2. The roots of the plant have astringent qualities and have in the past been made into salves.

3. Geraniums can be removed from the ground and stores in a cool dark basement during the winter months, and then replanted the following spring.

4. Geraniums don’t like to get their feet wet, so you might not want to plant them in clay soil, but if you do, be sure to add plenty of stones to the whole to aid in drainage.

5. Chocolate Mint geraniums unfortunately don’t smell like chocolate mint. The term refers to the colour pattern.

 

Growing Geraniums : Problems with Geraniums


Using fertilizer and pesticides will prevent many problems with your geraniums. Get tips for avoiding common geranium growing problems in this free landscaping video about how to grow geraniums. By ail Thompson Contact: gardenstogrow.googlepages.com

 

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