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The Geranium

The Geranium, with its extensive history dating back to ancient times, originates from regions across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Initially valued for its medicinal properties, Geraniums gained popularity as ornamental plants during the 17th century in Europe. With over 200 species within the Geranium genus, including Pelargoniums commonly referred to as "geraniums" in horticulture, this diverse group encompasses a wide range of colors, forms, and growth habits. Cultivating Geraniums requires attention to specific practices to ensure their health and vibrancy in the garden.
Scientific Name - Pelargoniums

Cultivation practices for Geraniums focus on providing optimal growing conditions for these resilient plants.

  • Plant in well-drained soil with good organic matter content.

  • Choose a location with full sun exposure for optimal growth and flowering.

  • Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart to allow for adequate airflow.

  • Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.

  • Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous blooming.

  • Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing season.

  • Monitor for pests and diseases, addressing any issues promptly to maintain plant health.

  • Mulch around plants to conserve soil moisture and suppress weed growth.

By adhering to these planting and gardening practices, enthusiasts can cultivate thriving Geraniums, adorning gardens, containers, and landscapes with their colorful blooms and aromatic foliage throughout the growing season.

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