The ever popular blooming geranium is a sure sign that summer has arrived. Geraniums come in many forms, colors and growing heights with well over 400 species of plants that are in the family of cranesbills. With that many varieties of geraniums to choose from, you are sure to find a favorite to plant and grow in your home garden or container garden.
How To Plant Geraniums In Your Garden
Geraniums should be planted on the day your purchase them, so it’s best to have your garden soil prepared ahead of time and be ready to plant immediately.
Prepare the garden soil by tilling or spading the soil to 8-10 inches deep. Mix in several inches of compost, well rotted manure or peat moss to the garden soil ensure good soil drainage and food for the geraniums. Broadcast a slow release, balanced, granulated fertilizer over the area and work it into the garden soil so the geraniums will have a steady food supply all summer.
Dig the holes for your geranium plants slightly closer together than recommended for maximum bloom color effect. Place a handful of compost or well rotted manure in the bottom of each planting hole and plant your geraniums at the same level they were growing in their pots. Be gentle when you remove the geraniums from their pots and keep the root balls intact.
Gently firm the soil around your newly planted geraniums and leave a 1/2 inch indentation in the soil around the plant to act as a catch basin for water. Water your plants in well and add an organic mulch around them to retain water and prevent weeds.
Water your garden geraniums between rain showers, keeping the garden soil moist, but not soggy.
How To Plant Geraniums In Containers
Fill your containers halfway with a professional potting soil mix and a pinch of sugar, mix the sugar and potting soil mixture well, and moisten the soil. Remove the geraniums from their pots, keeping the root ball intact and set in their new containers slightly closer together than recommended. Finish filling the container with the potting soil, planting the geranium at the same level as it was originally, leaving 1 inch head space at the top of the container to prevent water run off when your water your geraniums. Water in the container geraniums with a water soluble plant food that is mixed at 1/2 the recommended strength. Continue watering with the 1/2 strength water soluble plant food throughout the summer, keeping the container soil moist for your geraniums but not soggy.