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DIG IT: Garden Geraniums

Geraniums, with their bright colors and flower formation, have been a gardener’s favorite for well over a century. They are popular bedding plants and borders in the garden, and are also ideal for containers.

They enjoy full sun to partial sun, matures to about 3’x 3’ and blooms repeatedly through the season in many colors depending on the variety. It is considered a tender perennial, and grown as an annual.

Growing geranium plants is easy as long as you can give them what they need. When growing geraniums, they require moist, well-draining soil similar to that of indoor potting soil with equal amounts of soil, peat and perlite. Locate your geraniums in an area with at least six to eight hours of sunlight. Space plants about 8 to 12 inches apart and around the same depth as their original planting pots. Mulching the plants is also recommended to help retain moisture. In addition to watering, which should be done deeply and at least weekly outdoors (though potted plants may need daily watering in hot weather), fertilizing is usually necessary. Note that potted plants may require repotting once they become overgrown, usually noted by wilting between waterings. Regular deadheading of spent blooms will also help encourage additional blooming. When watering outdoor plants, it’s best to avoid overhead irrigation, as this can lead to pests or disease issues.