Earlier in the spring, I posted my top four tips for growing potted geraniums.
Today I wanted to share with you a little more about geranium care pertaining to summer. Summer is in full swing and if you live in an area like me (Texas), this time of year takes a toll on your plants! These tips are more for your potted geraniums, but they are totally applicable to ones you have in the ground too 🙂
1. Make sure they only get morning sun!
Now that the summer sun is at the strongest point, it is important that your plant soak up soft morning sunlight to avoid draining too much nutrients out of the leaves. I move my pots around every few weeks to get the optimum morning light.
2. Water light in the mornings every few days.
My last tips talked about how geraniums are not big fans of water. In the summer, they do require a little more, but it is important to not over water. Water every few days just until the soil is damp and avoid watering the leaves!
3. Cut off (or pinch) blooms the moment they wither.
Withered blooms continue to suck nutrients out of your plants. Since it is warmer weather, your plant needs all the help it can get. Always pinch off or cut the bloom when it starts looking dry.
4. Remove all yellowing or browning leaves.
Just like withering blooms, those yellowish or brown leaves also continue to suck out nutrients, plus they aren’t very attractive. Even just the slightest sign of yellow or brown (like the picture below), remove the leaf. Also remove these leaves from the main stem. The less leaves, the healthier the blooms too.
BONUS: Be Careful About Fertilizing
Fertilizer contains large levels of nitrogen. This can burn plants in the heat. I prefer to use the slow release plant food from our book, but you can also use eliminate fertilizer in the hottest months. In the spring, this homemade plant food is best.
These tips are simple, but so important to follow in the summer season. I will also be sharing my winter tips in a few months, so be sure to follow my blog for more easy gardening tips.
If you have any gardening questions, feel free to contact me!
What is you favorite summer flower?