Over-watering Geraniums? - Knowledgebase Question

Arlington, VA (Zone 7A)
Question by bbelluzzo
April 12, 2005
I just planted three Geranium plants and the leaves are very droopy- did I overwater or maybe even underwater?


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Answer from NGA
April 12, 2005

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There are several possible reasons for drooping. One is overwatering, where the soil is just sopping wet, saturated. Their container - if they are in one -- should have drain holes at the bottom to let out excess water and you should be using a commercially formulated potting mix for container plants. Another is underwatering where you may have wet only the surface rather than moistening all the soil around the roots, you also want to make sure their is good soil to rootball contact. Another is transplant shock where they may have been in a sheltered greenhouse and suddenly they are out in the wind and sun of the garden and also planted in cold soil. If they are in a container you could move it to a more sheltered location for about a week while they acclimate to being outside. You might also have planted them too deeply or too shallow, they should be set at about the same depth as they grew in their original pots. Yet another is cold shock, if you've had cold nights. Try to cover them if temperatures dip below about 45 degrees at night. Check your watering, then be patient and hope they perk up. Do not be tempted to fertilize them right now, this will only add stress at this time. Good luck!

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