Geranium care

Geranium care

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Geranium care:

The so-called geraniums are perennial herbaceous plants, or small shrubs, belonging to the pelargonium family, originating in Africa and the Mediterranean area. The geraniums are evergreen plants, which like warm and sunny positions, if placed in an excessively shaded place they tend to produce scarce blooms. They do not have a very developed root system, so they can also find space in relatively small pots; generally they position themselves successfully in small balcony trays. However, it is important to repot them using a good fresh soil, rich in organic and very well drained matter. Starting from May, until September, it is good to water and the geraniums regularly, every time the soil is dry; to obtain always rich blooms and luxuriant plants we add to the water of the waterings small quantities of fertilizer for flowering plants. Or we mix a slow release granular fertilizer to the earth of the pot every 3-4 months, and it will slowly melt each time we supply water. To keep the geraniums healthy it is important to periodically remove the bruised or withered foliage, whose presence often favors the development of fungal diseases; to obtain healthy plants it is also important that they have a good air circulation and therefore we avoid assembling too many plants in a single pot. If desired, it is possible to keep geranium plants even during the winter, but remember to place them in a place sheltered from the cold, a small greenhouse or a non-woven fabric shelter may suffice; remembering to water them sporadically, especially during the milder days. The geraniums of the previous year will be pruned in the spring low, about 10-15 cm from the ground, and repotted with new soil.