The Q&A Archives: Geranium Care

Question: I have a geranium that doesn't seem to want to grow. The leaves are very small, and when the blooms appear, they are also small,a nd dried looking, and don't bloom all the way out, and then die. What is the problem?

Answer: It really sounds as though your geranium is struggling just to stay alive! The problem you are having with your geranium could be insufficient light, poor soil or inadequate moisture. Geraniums grow best in full sun. They will tolerate partial shade, but usually will grow tall, producing few lateral branches and flowers. Also check to be sure they are getting enough fertilizer, but don't overdo it with nitrogen. A complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 would be fine. A final thing to check would be for any fungal diseases. Look at the flower heads and if they seem to rot before opening you may have a disease. Again, full sun would help with this or spray a fungicide on the plant.

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