Geranium Partly Flowering - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
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Question by JQB1
April 1, 1998
When geraniums are getting ready to bloom, they have clusters of buds. Only a portion of the buds on my geraniums are budding. When a few of the buds bloom, the other buds on the same stem are dying. What am I doing wrong?

Answer from NGA
April 1, 1998
The problem you are having with your geranium could be insufficient light. Geraniums grow best in full sun. They will tolerate partial shade, but usually will grow tall, producing few lateral branches and flowers. Always remove old flower heads. 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 openning you may have a disease. Again, full sun would help with this or spray a fungicide on the plant.

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