How to Pot Geraniums


Geraniums are a popular choice for home gardens because they are easy to grow and do not require a lot of care and maintenance. In addition to planting them outdoors, geraniums also grow well indoors. Whether inside or out, planting a geranium in a pot or basket is a relatively easy process. Geraniums can be grown from seeds, but nurseries and garden centers also sell small, young plants that can be transplanted into a pot.

Step 1

Fill a flowerpot or basket with potting soil. The pot does not have to be entirely full, but it's best to fill it about three-quarters full and add additional soil after planting if necessary.

Step 2

Dig a hole in the soil large enough for the geranium plant using a trowel or your hands. Geraniums should be planted at the same depth they were grown at the nursery.

Step 3

Remove the geranium from the container in which you purchased it, taking care to keep the root system intact.

Step 4

Put the geranium into the hole, placing it gently but firmly so that the roots spread out evenly and are not damaged.

Step 5

Pack the hole in with the surrounding soil, tamping it down firmly with your hands. Make sure there are no air pockets in the soil because they can prevent the plant from growing.

Step 6

Water the plant thoroughly immediately after planting, so it can begin to establish its roots.

Step 7

Move the newly potted geranium to the spot where you will keep it. Remember that geraniums need full sun. If your plant will be indoors, make sure you leave it in a bright, sunny location.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowerpot or basket
  • Geranium plants
  • Potting soil
  • Trowel


  • University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program: Geranium Culture
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Outdoor-Indoor Geranium Culture
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