Geraniums make an attractive addition to the garden. These plants come in many different colors and new blooms grow profusely as the weather warms up.
Geraniums are a must in the desert southwest if you are looking for color that lasts from the fall all through the May or June. When planted in the fall, these plants maintain continuous color for several months. As the temperatures start to increase above a 100 degrees and climb up into the 105-110 degree range the plants don’t have a high chance of survival. Some plants have lasted through the summer but it is very rare and really requires the right type of growing environment.
Geraniums require well draining soil and look great in containers. When grown close together each plant tends to stay smaller in size and ones that are spaced out and planted in the ground tend to get larger. Geraniums work well in companion plantings with several different other flowers. Good companion plants are Petunias and Snap Dragons. Geraniums of different colors can be grouped together to achieve a focal point in the garden and will flower freely throughout the growing season. Optimal growing conditions require 6+ hours of sunlight and regular feeding. Slow release fertilizers work well to achieve the best results.
Neighborhood home improvement stores or nurseries typically supply these plants when it is the correct season for planting in your climate zone.