Growing Geranium (Annual)

Geraniums (Pelargonium) are sun-loving annuals with bright flowers that bring charming color to the garden. They are most often used in containers and as bedding plants.

Light/Watering: Geraniums thrive in full sun (or partial shade in the South) and well-drained soil. They tolerate drought and soil should be allowed to dry out to the touch between waterings.

Fertilizer/Deadheading: To keep Geraniums growing and flowering all summer, we recommend that you water with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer (such as 20-20-20), mixed and applied as directed. Remove spent flower heads regularly to promote continued bloom.

Overwintering: Plants are easy to overwinter indoors in a sunny window, provided they are kept on the dry side. If watered too frequently, plants may rot. During the short days of winter, plants can become leggy. Prune them hard before setting them back outdoors after the last frost date in spring and they will soon become their bushy selves again.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click Annuals.