How to Transplant Dark Lord Geraniums


Geraniums are a very popular gardening plant. They come in a wide range of blossom colors that will fit into virtually any landscape plan. For the gardener who desires a dark plant, consider the dark lord geranium which produces dark purple flowers that add depth to a flower bed or as a specimen plant in a container. The dark lord geranium is similar to all geraniums and can be easily transplanted to a new location or container.

Step 1

Transplant the dark lord geraniums after all danger of frost has passed in the area. Choose a sunny location that receives six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Make sure the location offers wind protection because severe winds can damage the dark lord geraniums' stems and blossoms.

Step 2

Mix 50 percent peat moss with 50 percent garden soil at the new transplant location. Geraniums prefer an acidic soil pH with an abundant amount of humus. Dig a hole twice as large as the root base of the dark lord geranium that is being transplanted.

Step 3

Gently dig up the dark lord geranium using a garden trowel. Insert the trowel into the soil. Loosen the dirt around the diameter of the plant. Lift the plant from the dirt using the garden trowel. Gently shake excessive dirt from the root system. If the roots are knotted, gently knead with your hands to break up the roots and loosen the ball.

Step 4

Place the dark lord geranium into the newly dug transplant hole. The plant should sit in the hole at the same level that it was planted at its previous site. Push the garden soil and peat moss mixture around the geraniums roots. Gently pat down to remove air pockets.

Step 5

Water the geraniums thoroughly. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of peat moss around the base of the geraniums. Bark chips, recycled plastic mulch, sawdust and pine needles all work well for mulches, too.

Step 6

Wait one week, then fertilize the dark lord geraniums using a 6-12-12 fertilizer at a rate of 2 lbs. for every 100 square feet of garden area. Water the fertilizer thoroughly into the ground. Repeat the fertilizer application every four weeks when the geraniums begin to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden trowel
  • Mulch
  • Peat moss
  • Fertilizer 6-12-12


  • North Carolina State University: Geranium Culture for Home Gardeners
  • Echters: Geraniums
  • Michigan Bulb Company: Dark Lord Geraniums

Who Can Help

  • Iowa State University: Overwintering Geraniums
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About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.