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Grow with KARE: Keeping geraniums in bloom all summer

Geraniums are a summer staple that make your home look great, but there are a few things to keep them at their best.

Geraniums are a popular summer staple in porch pots and deck boxes everywhere. But keeping them looking their best requires some effort and a few simple tips.   

First, give them sun. Geraniums love all the sun they can get. Bottom line, more sun means more blooms.

Next, make sure to deadhead. Cut off old blossoms once they are fading. This encourages the plant to produce new flowers.

Think small when it comes to containers. Geraniums like to be tucked in cozy, so don’t put them in a pot too big. Crowd them in a bit with a small pot for one plant, or a slightly larger one for a few plants together nestled together.

Snip off dead or dying leaves regularly. This allows the plant to put its energy into new flowers, rather than trying to save these leaves.

Feed them! An all-purpose fertilizer is fine. One with higher potassium - the third number on the label - will help encourage more flowers. Feed according to the instructions on the label.

Lastly, water when the time is right. Geraniums don’t like their soil too wet, so let it dry out between waterings. And make sure your container has drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape.

These simple steps will have your geraniums looking better than your neighbor's all summer long!


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