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How to Plant Hardy Geranium Bulbs

By Tammy Curry ; Updated September 21, 2017

Hardy geraniums, also known as cranesbill, are perennial flowers that are available in a variety of colors, with blooms lasting from spring into fall. They do well with most growing conditions and are easy to care for. Bulbs can be planted directly into flower beds or pots and should be planted in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed, or in the fall, six to eight weeks prior to the first frost.

Planting in Flower Beds

Dig holes with a hand trowel that are 12 inches deep and 12 inches apart. Set the soil from each hole to the side.

Place a bare-root hardy geranium bulb into a hole. Point the roots downward and spread them over the bottom of the hole. Cover with soil.

Water hardy geraniums thoroughly. The soil should be completely soaked. This will encourage immediate root growth. New sprouts should appear within two to three weeks.

Planting in Pots

Mix potting soil, compost and peat moss together. Use a ratio of one part potting soil, one part compost and half-part peat moss.

Fill a large flower pot with the potting soil mixture. Leave 1 to 2 inches of space at the rim of the container.

Plant the bare-root hardy geranium 12 inches into the potting soil mixture. Point the roots downward, and fan them out into the soil.

Water the plant thoroughly. The soil should remain wet to encourage immediate root growth. New growth should appear within two to three weeks.


Things You Will Need

  • Hand trowel
  • Large flower pot
  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Peat moss

About the Author


Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for textbroker.com. She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.