Violet Maverick, Geranium Seeds
Learning Download: How to Grow Geraniums
Geraniums are some of the most popular flowers to grow. The flowers are easy to start from seed and grow well in containers. Geraniums are also a popular choice for hanging pots.
Before Planting: The seeds have a tough outer shell, so it aids in germination to soak them before sowing. Spread the seeds over one half of a dampened paper towel and fold the paper towel in half. Put the towel-soaked seeds in a plastic bag for 24 hours prior to planting.
Planting: Once Geraniums have three sets of leaves, transplant them outdoors if the last frost date has passed.
Watering: Allow soil to go completely dry between watering.
Fertilizer: Once the Geraniums have three true sets of leaves, continue to fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer but change it to full strength.
Days to Maturity: Geraniums will take up to 16 weeks to bloom after planting them from seed.
Harvesting: Using a knife, cut the stem four inches below its tip. Remove the buds and most of the leaves. Roll the cutting in a newspaper and store in a cool, dark place for 24 hours. After, push the end of the stem into moist soil and store in a shady spot for two days. Then, give the cutting indirect light.
Tips: During the winter, Geraniums can be moved indoors if kept in a sunny area.
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