Ivy geraniums differ slightly from traditional geranium cousins with slightly longer length foliage. Gardeners typically use ivy geranium in hanging baskets since this plant tends to trail over planter edges. Ivy geraniums also work well in standing planters and window boxes as an alternative to traditional bedding plants. All types of geraniums require well-drained soil whether in a planter or in the ground.
Ivy geraniums require full sun to encourage abundant growth and blooms. The definition of full sun means six or more hours of direct sun each day. Consider plant placement in containers or in the garden and meet these sunlight requirements. Ivy geraniums tend to be slightly more susceptible to the intense heat of the afternoon sun. Place this plant in the morning sun and move the plant to a cooler location during the hot afternoon to avoid burning flowers and foliage.
Extreme heat will fry an ivy geranium to a crisp. Consider choosing a spot that remains between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit each day. Find a safe spot for the ivy geranium during the hottest part of the day since the plant will suffer in high heat. Nighttime outdoor temperatures shouldn't drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit for best growing results. When in doubt, bring the geranium indoors to maintain a uniform growing temperature. If moving a plant out of direct sun into the shade, always move the plant back into the sun the next day.
Geraniums love consistently moist soil that exhibits good drainage. These plants require regular attention to prevent overdrying of the soil. Container geraniums should be checked frequently for overly dry soil to prevent the plant from developing a leggy appearance with increased space between leaves. Water deeply into containers and garden beds with a soaker hose to reach the roots of the plant. Sprinkling water across the leaves of the plant invites disease on the foliage and really doesn't get the plant the water it needs.
Cranking out beautiful blooms uses a good deal of plant energy. Ivy geraniums require generous amounts of water-soluble fertilizer applied at regular intervals throughout the growing season. Apply fertilizer every other week to encourage vigorous growth and flowers.
Geraniums require pinching back to remove dead or dying flowers and old stems. Regular pruning will help the plant throws out new growth regularly as well as continual blooms. Remove old leaves, stems and trailers that become spindly. Pruning the entire plant halfway through the growing season rejuvenates a tired plant with new foliage and more blooms.