This Geranium Keeps On Blooming

This containerized geranium was photographed 8-1-15.

This containerized geranium was photographed 8-1-15.

Since early May I have been walking by our friend and neighbor’s house and admiring her two pots of red geraniums. So, here we are in the middle of August, and they are still blooming. I have never seen them go through a period where they were not in bloom, especially during late July and early August. I asked her what was the trick. I knew she had bought a heat tolerant type, but there are several things she did that ensures the success of her plants. One, was the size of the pot she planted them. While they now cover the entire lip of the pot which is about 2 feet wide, she planted one 6 inch plant in each pot that she bought at a big box hardware store. They were in bud and maybe one bloom to make sure the color was what she wanted. This gave the roots plenty of room to grow. Of course, she pinched the spent blooms off (the one at the lower right was probably removed the next day), and she fertilized the plant with bloom-booster every two weeks. On my walk this afternoon, she still had blooms. And when I went over and inspected the plant, there were a number of bloom stalks developing just under the leaf canopy. The location of the pots give them direct afternoon sun with filtered morning shade. While I have grown geraniums, I have never had any that did not take a rest from flowering in the heat of late July and early August. So, next year I am going to follow her program, and maybe my pots will be filled with flowering geraniums in August.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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