After First Bloom, Geraniums Are Not Budding - Knowledgebase Question

York, PA
Question by djn717
June 28, 2002
After the first, profuse blooming of geraniums, no buds are appearing.


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Answer from NGA
June 28, 2002

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Geraniums need plenty of sunlight to bloom their best. If planted in a container, make sure to fertilize regularly with a water soluble fertilizer for flowering plants (read and follow the label instructions) and keep the soil evenly moist but not overly wet. In the ground, keep the area weeded and mulched and water if needed to keep the soil slightly moist. Also, it is important to remove faded flowers promptly. Finally, in case you have a Martha Washington geranium, this type stops blooming when the weather warms up -- it is unusual in that it prefers cool temperatures. These are sometimes sold in early spring in full bloom, so that's why I am mentioning it. Good luck with your geraniums,

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