The Q&A Archives: Dying Geraniums

Question: Two weeks ago I planted geraniums in a planter box on my front porch. I am on a corner so the plants receive direct sun from the west. The red flowers are dying and some leaves are turning yellow. What shall I do about the dying flowers--pluck them off? What can I do to prevent the dying flowers and yellowing leaves?

Answer: Geraniums like heat, full sunshine, and soil that's on the dry side so I think your plants are in a great location. Snap off the dying flowers and your plants will produce new flowers; snap off the yellowing leaves, too. Geraniums typically lose the oldest leaves (those near the bottom of the plant). If you snap them off the stem rather than cut them off, they will usually produce healthy new leaves where the old ones were. To keep your plants bushy, pinch out the growing tips and they will branch out even more.

Best wishes with your geraniums!

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