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Growing Geraniums

ZONAL OR BEDDING GERANIUMS
These are the common geraniums that everyone knows and loves. Grown for their huge colorful heads, geraniums make a great display of color in both gardens and pots. These geraniums prefer full sun or at least half a day of direct sun. Allow them to approach dry before watering and avoid watering the flower heads. Be sure to take off old spent blooms including the flower stem. Geraniums grow to about 2 feet and like to be fertilized once a week if possible.

Geraniums can be overwintered inside. Simply dig up before frost, cut back branches to half,
remove most of the dirt from roots and either store in paper bags or hang in a cool dry place.
Check on them from time to time and mist as necessary if drying up. Cuttings can also be taken from plants and new ones started. Entire plants can also be brought in and potted, cut back to half, kept in a sunny window and allow to dry between waterings.

IVY GERANIUMS
Cascading or Ivy Geraniums are ideal for hanging baskets and window boxes. Many varieties are extremely heat tolerant and self-cleaning and will tolerate partial shade. Hummingbirds love Ivy Geraniums.

MARTHA WASHINGTON (OR REGAL) GERANIUMS
Loved for their huge bi-color and tri-color blooms, these geraniums are an early spring blooming type that like cool temperatures. Grown mostly as a seasonal house plant, as many do not rebloom as nicely as they do at time of purchase. If planted outside, they need a cool shady spot.

SCENTED GERANIUM
These Geraniums are not grown for their insignificant flowers, but for their dramatically scented leaves. Many scents are available including mint, rose, citrus, pine and combinations of many. The most popular one is the citronella scented that helps to repel mosquitoes. These geraniums can get quite large and benefit from a regular trim. They prefer at least 4 hours of direct sun and like to be kept dry.

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