If you listed the characteristics of the ideal plant -- easy-care, long bloom, color, fragrance, shade tolerance -- you'd find that geraniums have them all.With their fanciful leaves, aromatic foliage, and striking flowers, geraniums offer something to all gardeners -- even those without a garden.
When all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise geraniums to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days before transplanting them into their final positions in containers, beds and borders.
Plant geraniums in a sunny or semi-shaded position, in any light, non-acidic, well drained soil.
In the garden, geraniums (Pelargonium) thrive in full sun to part shade, preferring more sun in cooler climates and requiring some shade in hot areas.
The colors on variegated plants become more intense in dappled light.
These bushy tender perennials can grow up to 4 feet tall and prefer part shade. Grown primarily for their foliage, these shrubby plants have aromatic leaves redolent of apple, balsam, citrus, rose, and mint, and other scents.
The plants, which also have modest flowers, can grow to 3 feet tall.
Perfect for filling beds, borders and patio containers. However, with care, they may be overwintered in a frost free greenhouse.
Pot up pelargonium plants and grow them on in warm frost-free conditions.
Feed plants with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks from spring to midsummer, during their active growing season.
Remember that high-nitrogen fertilizers promote lush, leafy growth, resulting in less aromatic foliage and fewer flowers. To maintain a plant's shape and encourage bushiness, pinch growth points as necessary.
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