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A Few Facts About The Popular Geranium Flower

The geranium flower is most often seen in planters, hanging baskets, or small containers and pots. Bedding varieties exist as well, but the showiest are often the single larger plants, with their deep green foliage and large flowers.

Some varieties of geranium are annuals, while others are perennials, generally described as tender perennials. One of the more interesting perennials is the woodland geranium, of which several varieties exist, which will overwinter in most areas, and as a ground-hugger, is especially suited for rock gardens. Most geranium flowers however are found growing individually in pots, and definitely deserve the title of specimen plants.

Culture - The germanium flower can be grown from seed or propagated from cuttings. The latter is usually preferable. It can take a geranium nearly half a year to flower if planted from seed, which means that in some climates it needs to be started indoors in mid winter if summer flowering is to be achieved. The geranium is not at all frost tolerant, often collapsing at the first hint of winter weather. The plant does seem to prefer cool evenings however, and will perform at its best when the days are warm and the evenings cool. The geranium flower will often cease to bloom during the hottest part of the summer, only to resume blooming profusely once the nights turn cooler. The flowers range in color from a very deep red, that being perhaps the most popular color, to pink, salmon, and white, plus a few bicolored types. The red blooms in particular can look stunning when surrounded by the deep green foliage, and white or blue flowers such as lobelia. While the blossoms can be pleasantly fragrant, often having a smell similar to peppermint, the broken or bruised foliage often has a rather astringent odor.

A Nice Winter House Plant  - In the wintertime the geranium flower can make an attractive house plant. If planted outside in the garden, many gardeners will dig up the plant before first frost, prune it back, place it in a pot, and bring it indoors. Some gardeners have their geraniums growing in the same pot year around, and simply bring the pot inside, and prune the plant back at the end of summer. It's important to bring the plant in before frost hits, or the plant may have to be discarded. A healthy geranium can live for several years, though if kept in the same pot, may begin to bloom less profusely unless the root ball is occasionally divided.

When bringing the geranium indoors, it will do best in a cool room near a window providing bright light. After being pruned back, new leaves will soon begin to form again, and it is not all that unusual to have a bushy geranium flower plant that can be used as decoration during the holiday season. It is also not unusual to have to prune the plant back once or twice during the winter, and it should be pruned back at least somewhat before being moved outside in the spring to ensure bushy growth.

To keep a geranium flower looking its best, remove yellow leaves as they appear. Lower leaves quite often turn yellow, and this is a natural situation. Also remove the spent flowers, as they have not only become unattractive at that point, but removing them will encourage new blooming.

When outside, the geranium usually does best if it has some partial shade. Also, unlike most garden flowers, the soil does not have to be kept constantly moist. The geranium flower has a highly developed root system, and the soil can be allowed to dry out to some extent between watering. One does have to water the plant a bit more often if it is growing in a small pot or a hanging basket.



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