Trouble with Geraniums - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by susanwarren5
June 23, 2008
My geraniums aren't doing well; there are several blooms, but the leaves keep dying. It seems that the leaves turn yellow, then brown, then fall off; in a few weeks, there probably won't be many leaves left. The geraniums are in a container in potting soil and they get approximately 5-6 hours of sun. They receive Miracle Gro about every two weeks. Can you give me any advice?

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2008
Geraniums need to be kept evenly moist. However, slight drying out between watering is much better than too much water. If geraniums are too dry or too wet, yellow leaves will appear in mass. It is very normal for geraniums to have yellow leaves from time to time, and they can be easily removed when they appear, but they shouldn't consistently have yellow leaves. So, check your watering habits.

Geraniums do need fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season and it's important to remove flower stems as they fade. This will help promote new buds. Aside from the above, your geraniums should thrive. Let's hope adjusting your watering habits will help them come alive again.

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