Is Your Geranium Turning Yellow?

Written by Lee Dobbins

Are Your Geraniums Turning Yellow?

The geranium, like any other garden plant, needs proper care to flourish. Planting in a sunny spot, making surerepparttar plant gets enough water and fertilizer and checking for disease and pests will help your plant to be healthy. One problem with geraniums is that they can turn yellow, wilt and drop leaves. Here’s some things to check for if this happens to your plant.

1. If your geranium is in a planter, it could be thatrepparttar 142791 plant has outgrownrepparttar 142792 container. Make surerepparttar 142793 pot is big enough and if it looks likerepparttar 142794 plant is outgrowing it, then transplant into a bigger pot. Make surerepparttar 142795 container has adequate drainage and that you water once a week or as needed in hot weather.

2. Check for disease. Some disease include:

Leaf Spot - leaves fall off after becoming spotted. Remove infected leaves, water with a soaker so as to avoid getting water on plant.

How To Plant And Care For Geraniums

Written by Lee Dobbins

Geraniums have long been a popular plant for both outdoor and indoor use. The common geranium can be grown in beds or containers and will do well in either. The ivy leafed geranium is a natural for hanging planters. The Regal or Martha Washington geranium does not do well outside and should be indoors.

Growing Geraniums In Beds

To plant geraniums outdoors, you must wait until all threat of frost has passed. Pick a spot that is sheltered from strong winds and gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. The soil should be well drained and mildly acidic (pH of 6.5 is ideal). Geraniums need fertilization for best growth and they thrive in beds that have a good supply of nitrogen. Before planting, apply a 5-10-5 fertilizer torepparttar soil. After planting, you should fertilize every month with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Mulchrepparttar 142790 area and water at least once a week.

Growing In Planters Outdoors

Geraniums can be grown in planters onrepparttar 142791 porch, patio or garden. The ivy type geraniums are great for hanging baskets and window boxes. Make sure you use a container that is big enough forrepparttar 142792 plant or it will wilt (you may need to replant to prevent wilting asrepparttar 142793 plant grows). Use a soil that has enough aeration – either a commercial made mix or garden soil mixed with peat moss or perlite. Make sure you water it frequently but do not let it sit in water.

Growing Indoors The Martha Washington geraniums are not suited for outdoor growing but can be beautiful indoor plants. Put our plant in a sunny window for best flowering. Plant in a well drained soil and use a fertilizer formulated for indoor plants. Fertilize monthly when plant is flowering but cut back to every two months inrepparttar 142794 fall and winter. Your geranium will do best ifrepparttar 142795 day time temps are around 65 degrees with night temperature around 55.

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