Growing Geraniums

Geraniums are plants that look good in a bed just by
themselves or they even look good if they are mixed in
with other annuals. It also makes for an attractive
edging plant for the perennial garden. These plants
are very versatile and will look good no matter where
they are put.

Although the geranium can put up with a little frost,
it loves the warm weather. Here are some tips for
growing geraniums:

* Light – Most geraniums do well in full sun. That
means that they should receive at least six hours of
direct sunlight each day.

If the climate you live in is very hot, then you may
plant them in an area that is partly shaded. Many
geraniums will do quite well in a partly shaded spot,
but they will not bloom as prolifically.

* Soil – Geraniums thrive in rich soil that is very
well drained. If you add compost to your soil, this
will give your plants an extra boost.

* Fertilizer – When you grow geraniums, it is good to
note that they are heavy feeders. You should plan on
giving them fertilizer at least every two weeks. You
may also feed them when you plant them with a
time-released fertilizer that will last the entire
season.

* Water – When it does not rain, you will have to make
sure that you water your geraniums regularly. If you
are not sure if you should water, just poke your
finger down into the soil. If it is dry at least two
inches down, then you had better get out the hose!

* Grooming – You want to keep your plants looking
their best by dead heading them and by taking away any
dried or discolored leaves. In this way, your
geraniums will look great all season!