This is my first time posting to this forum. Hello all!
I love geraniums but, up until seven months ago, I was convinced that they did not love me back.
Last summer I bought five lovely little plants with orange blossoms. I've always kept geraniums in pots but I had heard that, in my zone, geraniums can become large bushes so I put these five guys in the ground and hoped for the best. A few weeks later they were starting to look awful and some insect (maybe bees?) had made lots of round holes in their leaves but then, all of a sudden, they took off! The five geraniums started growing, by December they had doubled in size.😀The plants looked so healthy! And then we had two and a half months of relentless rainstorms. It stopped raining two weeks ago and the geraniums are now exploding with blooms.
So, dear geranium people, could you please tell me what I have to do to help these plants stay healthy and keep growing?
The ground is starting to dry now. Today I fertilized some of my plants, and it was also the first time they got watered in two weeks, but I did not touch the geraniums - I wanted to ask for your advice first.
These plants get direct sun from 11:00 to 3:00 and they are in a breezy location.
- Do they need fertilizer now (or at all)? The soil is clay and drains very well.
- Should I spray them with something to prevent insect infestation? What works best?
- I water my plants by hand and I know not to water from above. Do in-ground geraniums do better in drier soil?
These are three of them, the other two look the same: