How to Snap Off Dead Leaves From Geraniums


Geraniums are an easy-care plant for summer patios and yard decorations. They also make nice flowering house plants. Check your geranium plants when you do your weekly garden maintenance. The leaves on a geranium plant will eventually die as the plant grows bigger. Maintain your geranium plants by removing or "deadheading" the dead flowers, buds and leaves to prevent disease. Nutrition and energy from the plant can be focused on new growth when dying portions are removed.

Step 1

Lift the leaves up to view the entire series of stems of the geranium plant. Look for brown, crispy dry or yellowing leaves on the stems.

Step 2

Grasp the dead leaf at the junction where the leaf stem is attached to the stalk of the plant between your thumb and forefinger.

Step 3

Pull down with a firm movement and snap the leaf stem from the stalk.

Step 4

Repeat the procedure with all leaves that are dead or dying.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you have sensitive skin or allergies, wear gloves when maintaining the plant as the geranium leaf will leave a strong scented oil on your fingers.


  • Fredericksburg Farms: Geranium Care Tips
  • Geranium Plants: Geranium Care

Who Can Help

  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Geranium Diseases
Keywords: deadheading, indoor plant, garden maintenance

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.