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Posted 8M ago by @loveofplants

I get very little growth from geraniums. This one has bee...

#ZonaleGeranium
10” pot without drainage
Last watered 7 months ago
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@loveofplants It's great that your Zonal Geranium has been growing through the summer! To encourage more growth, you might want to consider a few tips: fertilizing: Geraniums benefit from regular feeding during the growing season. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to provide essential nutrients.
pruning: Regularly pinch off spent flowers and leggy growth. This promotes branching and more flowers. Light: While your geranium is getting evening sun, it might prefer morning sunlight, which is gentler. If possible, try to provide it with bright, indirect light during the hottest parts of the day.
Watering: Make sure you're watering consistently but not excessively. The soil should be allowed to dry slightly between waterings. Pot Size: If your geranium is in a pot, ensure it's not root-bound. repotting it into a slightly larger container with fresh soil can encourage healthier growth. pest control: Check for any signs of pests, as they can hinder growth. Aphids and spider mites are common culprits. Remember, geraniums can be quite resilient, so with a little adjustment and care, you can help them thrive and grow more vigorously!
Hi @loveofplants and welcome to Greg! You’ve got what is also called a Martha Washington geranium. It’s care is a little different from most geraniums as it doesn’t do as well in hot πŸ₯΅ direct sun. Your profile shows it’s outside facing north which should be okay as typically north facing areas don’t get as much hot, direct light as say south or all afternoon west exposure. These geraniums tend to get long and leggy if you don’t trim them back. And the blossoms need to be trimmed off too once they’ve gone by otherwise the plant spends energy producing seeds rather than growing or producing more flowers. Spent flowers are also a breeding ground for whiteflies and aphids which love MW geraniums. And be on the lookout for tiny green caterpillars πŸ› burrowing into your buds. They’ll eat the flowers before they can open up. Last thing but important is to get your girl in a pot with drainage. Your profile says there’s no drainage. Hope that helps!πŸ‘
@JungleDreamer thank you