Love-Hate Relationship with Geraniums

letsharmonize(USDA 5/2B Western)August 10, 2009

Geraniums just don't seem to like me. For years I've bought them ... various types ... ivy and 'regular' kinds. They just don't flourish for me. It's hot here in south/central Louisiana. I have one ivy in a hanging basket, and two others in pots. They seem to just barely bloom and don't grow much. Both get several hours of sun a day, and I use Osmocote to fertilize.

The one my neighbor has in her flowerbed (she ignores it, doesn't pick off old blooms/dead leaves), just blooms and blooms. What am I doing wrong? I was told years ago that they like a lot of soil. What else can I do?

thanks!

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geranium_hybrid(6)

Have you checked for pests and diseases?

Maybe the soil is too moist? let it dry out in between waterings.

Don't over fertilize, as it could burn the roots.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 11:53PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Perhaps they are not getting enough sun. You mentioned that they get "several hours" of sun a day. Where I am (farther north than you), geraniums need almost full sun to reach peak bloom. They will bloom with less, but never reach their full potential.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 10:47AM
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oilpainter(3)

Perhaps you water too much. I can't see anything else that you do that would cause your problem. Geraniums don't like to be kept too wet. Mine have gone bone dry for a couple of days on occasions and still they bloom well.

You say your neighbor ignores hers and it blooms well. If yours have got the same sunlight then the problem has to be over watering. Let them go dry and then soak them completely and then don't water until they are dry again

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 2:32PM
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barretmorgan

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    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 5:46AM
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greenhouser2

You can also Google Geranium care and growing. There may be several issues with your plants, lack of enough sun seems to be one of them.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 6:37PM
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cardwellave

Honestly with mine even in the hot dry parts of summer I would go two or three days without water on mine. I overwintered a couple baskets this winter and I watered them once every week or two and they bloomed and bloomed all winter. Geraniums don't like a lot of water!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 1:24AM
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