The Q&A Archives: Small Blooms On Geraniums

Question: When I purchased my geramiums they had blooms the size of baseballs or larger. Now I'm lucky to get two or three petal clusters on each blossom. I have fertilized regularly and the foliage looks great. But why have the blossoms become so much smaller than when purchased in May?

Answer: You have to remember that before you purchased your plants they were treated royally by the grower and given just the right amounts of light, humidity, and food. These perfect conditions are hard to duplicate in a garden setting. Weather that's too hot or too cool and too much or too little fertilizer can all have an effect on the blossoming of your plants. Make sure they are in full sunshine, water only when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, pinch off the old blooms to encourage new flowering stems, and be sure the fertilizer you're using is higher in phosphorus and potassium than in nitrogen. (The second and third numbers on the label.)

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