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Member Name: Whizz11
Advantages: Really pretty, flowers, easy to take care of
We've recently been doing a lot of spring planting in our garden and one of my favourite bedding flowers is the Geranium.They are quite small but very pretty and bring a lot of colour into the garden. I also like the leaves on this plant too so when it is not flowering it still looks really nice in the garden.
According to an article I read, "Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as thecranesbills. They are found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region. The long, palmately cleft leaves are broadly circular in form. The flowers have five petals and are coloured white, pink, purple or blue, often with distinctive veining. Geraniums will grow in any soil as long as it is not waterlogged. Propagation is by semiripe cuttings in summer, by seed, or by division in autumn or spring."
We bought quite a big box of geraniums a few weeks ago and they were very easy to plant. We bought a box of orange ones called Semi double Okka. On the little information sticker that came with the plant we were told that this was a trailing variety that will produce orange and white bicolored flowers throughout the season. We have a few beds in our garden, some in the sun, some in the shade at different times of the day so these were the perfect place for us to plant these geraniums.
The plants were really easy to plant. I turned over the soil and then watered the area quite well before I planted them. Then I dug a little hole and popped them in, it was as easy as that. Geraniums will grow well and thrive in full sun or partial shade and you need to make sure that the soil is well drained too so obviously don't over water and don't bog them down either. I will make sure to feed them every couple of weeks too just to give them that extra boost they need although I seem to have quite good soil in my garden and my bedding plants always do really well throughout the summer.
I find that these plants flower for quite a ling while and I'm hoping that these ones I have just planted will last all summer. One tip for keeping them flowering is to remove the dead flowers now and again when they die off so that gives the new ones a chance to come through.
A really pretty plant.