Geraniums are one of the most common flowering plants grown by homeowners and do well not only inside the home but outside as well in planters, window boxes, garden beds, and hanging baskets.
Plants are very easy to grow and can be started from seed or you can purchase plants from a local retailer. The large, circular, brightly colored flowers on geraniums bloom from spring through until the first frost and plants emit a distinctive fragrance many people associate with summer. When given plenty of sunlight and warmth they flourish.
1. Grow in a sunny spot
These plants will handle conditions where there is moderate exposure to sunlight, but to get the most blooms out of your geraniums its best to plant them — or put the pots — in a sunny location that receives 6-8 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight daily.
2. Allow to dry out between waterings
Many types of geraniums are heat and drought tolerant, which certainly adds to their appeal to homeowners. When watering your plants its best to let the soil dry out to a depth of 1-2″ before giving them a good drink of water. Try to water the soil around the plant, keeping water off of the foliage and flowers.
3. Pinch stems
Geraniums have the tendency to get tall and “leggy” if left to grow unattended. You can pinch off the tops of the stems where the main growing points are to encourage the plant to become more bushy and full. The science behind why pinching off the tops of plants makes them bushier can get technical, but DenGarden helps to explain it in simple terms.