How to Plant Geraniums

Plant geraniums in containers or flowerbeds for a splash of bright color. image by jboticar:


Gardeners needing a spot of reliable color that is bright often turn to the old-fashioned geranium. Geraniums are sturdy annual flowers that will serve you well in your garden or yard for the entire summer. Place geraniums in containers or in the ground in a sunny location, and they will return to you a bounty of long-lasting blooms throughout the summer. Geraniums ask only for well-draining soil, water and a little fertilizer.

Step 1

Work the soil after frost danger has passed if you are planting the geranium in the ground. Add at least 1 inch of compost to the top of the soil and work it into the dirt with the spade to improve the drainage, if necessary. Fill containers with potting soil if you are planting the geranium in containers.

Step 2

Dig holes that match the size of the geranium plants and remove the plants from their temporary pots.

Step 3

Place the geraniums into the prepared holes so that they are at a slightly shallower level than they were in the temporary pots. This will help keep the stem from decaying.

Step 4

Replace the soil around the geraniums carefully and water the newly planted geranium generously.

Step 5

Fertilize geraniums growing in containers and in flowerbeds once per month with a balanced fertilizer, following package directions for proper amounts.

Step 6

Cut off blossoms when they are finished blooming to improve the plant's appearance and to help keep the geranium healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Balanced fertilizer (20-20-20)
  • Scissors


  • University of Rhode Island: Geranium Culture
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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