Plant Care Scarlet geranium

Scarlet geranium

Taxonomy

Pelargonium inquinans
Pelargonium
Geraniaceae
Geraniales

How to care for Scarlet geranium

💦 Water

How often to water your Scarlet geranium

Water needs for Scarlet geranium
0.5 cups
every 9

Scarlet geranium needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Scarlet geranium

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Scarlet geranium in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Scarlet geranium: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Scarlet geranium love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Scarlet geranium does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Scarlet geranium in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Scarlet geranium

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Scarlet geranium: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Scarlet geranium after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Scarlet geranium prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Scarlet geranium Water Frequency →

Scarlet geranium Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Scarlet geranium requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Scarlet geranium Light Requirements →

Scarlet geranium Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Scarlet geranium doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Scarlet geranium Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Scarlet geranium does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Scarlet geranium →

When and How to Successfully Repot Scarlet geranium →


💩 Fertilizer

Scarlet geranium should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Scarlet geranium is native to Tropical and Subtropical regions worldwide.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Scarlet geranium

Scarlet geranium

Scarlet geranium


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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