How far apart do you plant geraniums?

There are several types of geraniums. Each one is generally low maintenance, but how far apart they are planted is important, because they need good air circulation to thrive. The care of each geranium will vary, but a good rule of thumb is to plant them in soil that drains well, at least 30 cm apart.

Planting

  1. When buying geraniums, pay close attention to color and size.
  2. Place plants in pots with drainage holes to avoid root rot.
  3. Use a well-draining potting mixture (not heavy, clayey soil) when planting in containers.
  4. For maximum bloom, place the plants in an area where they will get 4-6 hours of sunlight.

Subsequently, question is, do geraniums spread? You will sometimes see them referred to as cranesbill geraniums because their seed pods do somewhat resemble a crane’s bill. They are low growing plants that spread via rhizomes. The flowers float on top of the plant, in shades of white, pink, magenta, purple, and blue.

Accordingly, how far apart should bedding plants be?

Most bedding plants need to be spaced at 20-30cm/9-12in apart, depending on their overall size. (Check catalogue for eventual height/spread of plant – the larger the plant, the more growing space is required).

How wide do geraniums grow?

Plant size for geraniums varies by type, with plants growing from 4 to 48 inches tall and 6 to 36 inches wide.

Do hardy geraniums spread?

Keep the plant religiously deadheaded. This sprawling plant spreads a few feet wide, but pruning and dividing keeps it in bounds. The small, cupped-shaped flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Grow hardy geranium plants throughout New England.

How often do geraniums need to be watered?

Simply touch the soil with your finger going down a couple of inches and your geranium should tell you if she is thirsty or not. If it feels dry, it’s time to water, if it’s still moist, then wait another day or two and re-test. Just make sure you always allow the soil to get dry before watering and you should be fine.

How do you keep geraniums blooming?

Fertilize geraniums every week because the plants require a consistent supply of nutrients to bloom continuously throughout the season. Use an all-purpose, balanced water-soluble fertilizer applied at a rate of 1 tablespoon to 1 gallon of water. Deadhead wilted blooms throughout the season.

Where should geraniums be planted?

The ideal location has morning sun, afternoon shade and well-draining soil. Choose a properly-sized area for your geranium flower beds. Appropriate spacing in between plants will reduce the risk of disease. Don’t rush the planting season – geraniums are not cold hardy.

How early can you plant geraniums outside?

To grow perennial geraniums in one of these cooler USDA zones, plant your geraniums in a container that may be moved indoors in mid- to late fall, before the first frost. Geraniums may be brought outdoors again in the early to midspring, when the threat of frost has passed.

How long do geraniums last?

40 years

How long do geraniums take to grow?

Geranium seeds germinate best at 75 degrees F., so consider putting them on top of a refrigerator or using a Heat Mat. If the soil surface gets dry, use a mister to moisten it with water. Watch for germination, which can take as few as three days or as long as four weeks.

How do you deadhead geraniums?

You should deadhead whenever your geranium blooms begin to look brown or weak. To deadhead your geraniums, rather than simply pulling off the top flowers, you need to go a little deeper in the plant and snap the stem below its node or joint, where new growth begins.

What happens when plants are planted too close together?

Plants also can affect how nearby companions grow, as roots tangle and compete for the same resources of water and nutrients in the soil. Planting too close together limits the growth potential and often threatens plant health.

What bedding plants look good together?

Top 10 summer bedding plants Begonia. One of the most versatile summer bedding plants, Begonias are well loved for their large flamboyant blooms in a wide range of colours, and their ability to thrive in both sun and shade. Sweet peas. Sweet peas make fantastic cottage garden bedding plants. Busy Lizzie. Geranium. Antirrhinum. Lobelia. Petunia. Rudbeckia.

What do you do with bedding plants after summer?

Aftercare Feed weekly with a potash based fertiliser such as Tomorite to promote flower production. If you have incorporated slow release fertiliser into the compost, feed with Tomorite at the end of summer to keep the show going into autumn when the winter bedding should be appearing in garden centres.

Is it OK to plant bedding plants now?

The short answer is not yet! With only a few exceptions, bedding plants are frost tender. (What does hardy mean ?) This group of plants do not tolerate frost, which can blacken the foliage and flowers and if severe enough, kill the plant.

When should I plant out bedding plants?

Plug plants are dispatched in spring for summer bedding, and late summer for winter bedding. Summer bedding plants such as petunias, fuchsias and begonias will need potting up and growing on in frost-free conditions before planting out in late May or early June after all risk of frost has passed.

When should I buy summer bedding plants?

Bedding plants are often on sale quite early in the year from March onwards and the temptation is to plant them out. Generally, because bedding plants are tender, which means they are not frost hardy, which means do not plant them out until the risk of frost has passed.