How to Care for an Atlantic Dark-Red Ivy Geranium


Ivy-leaved geraniums (Pelargium peltatum) have waxy leaves that grow in a trailing habit suitable for window boxes and hanging baskets. While their flower heads are less dense than those of the more upright common zonal geraniums (Pelargium X hortorum), the blossoms are longer lasting. New cultivars come in dramatic shades, including the Atlantic series, which offers sea-blue and deep-red burgundy flowers. These plants are easy-care and drought-resistant, requiring only cooler night temperatures and occasional fertilizing.

Step 1

Mix 1 gallon of potting medium with 2 tbsp. of powdered kelp fertilizer. Moisten the mixture with rain water and fill an 8-inch pot half way with the damp mixture.

Step 2

Place an Atlantic dark-red ivy geranium in the pot, trimming the roots with pruners as necessary to fit in the pot. Fill the remainder of the pot to within 1 inch of the rim with potting mixture.

Step 3

Water the plant with rain water and place it in a sunny location. Water regularly, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Step 4

Once a month, include a diluted solution of fish emulsion fertilizer in the watering.

Step 5

Monitor the temperature around the Atlantic dark-red geranium. If nighttime temperatures do not drop below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, move the plant to a cooler location during the night and return it to its sunny spot during daylight hours.

Step 6

Promptly remove dead blossoms to encourage additional flowering.

Things You'll Need

  • Atlantic dark-red or burgundy geranium plant
  • 8-inch pot and saucer
  • Potting medium
  • Fish emulsion fertilizer
  • Rain water
  • Powdered kelp fertilizer
  • Small bypass pruners


  • North Carolina Extension Service: Geranium Culture for Home Gardens
  • Michigan State University Extension: Fall and Winter Houseplant Care
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Outdoor-Indoor Geranium Care

Who Can Help

  • Thompson Morgan: Geraniums
Keywords: burgundy geraniums, atlantic geraniums, geranium care

About this Author

Cindy Hill has practiced law since 1987 and maintained a career in freelance writing since 1978. Hill has won numerous fiction and poetry awards and has published widely in the field of law and politics. She is an adjunct instructor of ethics and communications.