Floral Friday : Geranium

Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum)IMG_4462

Geraniums are popular annual garden plants which are upright, round, and grow one to two feet in height. Leaves are opposite, simple, have serrate margins, and are two to four inches long. When crushed, a geranium leaf has a spicy scent. Flowers are in rounded umbels four to six inches across. The individual flowers have five petals. They can be red, pink, salmon, or white.IMG_4460

Geraniums are able to withstand some dryness. In fact, it is important not to over-water them, especially cuttings and young plants. To avoid root rot, water them only when the soil around them begins to dry out. Watch those geraniums in clay containers in the hot sun. They are likely to dry out faster than those in the garden. If possible water by hand or drip system to avoid wetting the blossoms. They deteriorate quickly when soaked. IMG_4425

After geranium plants flower, remove faded flower heads, their stems and any yellowed leaves promptly. Regularly pinch or cut back long stems to encourage the plant to become bushy and compact.DSC06642



22 thoughts on “Floral Friday : Geranium

  1. Very pretty, Aletta. Geraniums are very rewarding plants for the little care they need.
    Thanks for joining us on Floral Friday Fotos, hope to see more of your work in the weeks ahead!

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  2. Mal oor malvas. Rooies is natuurlik die mooiste. Rooies wil egter nie rerig in my tuin groei nie. Het n pienke wat net aanhou en aanhou. Weer iets by geleer oor water gee. Ek verstaan nou hoekom die plant wil of nie wil groei nie

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