i'm relatively new here and have a geranium question........what kind of care do you give them in the summer? i bought 2 planters last fall and they did great outside but now that summer is here do you bring them inside, cut them down, stop watering or what?? i used to live in zone 5 and brought them in for the winter after cutting them down, about 2/3 of the plant. i placed them in a sunny window and stopped watering till april or so. they spent the summer outside of course. i over wintered them for years that way. now what do i do? don't want to throw them away....
any help? tia!
Hi and Welcome!!!
Not sure I'm understanding your question. Geraniums are summer annuals here that bloom all summer long outside, either in ground or in pots. In the winter you bring them inside or else, uproot and store because they are not hardy.
I think that you should move them back outdoors for the summer. Put them in your nice pots or hanging baskets and enjoy. Not sure about the degree of heat you get in Phoenix, but here, they appreciate a semi-sunny location vs. full sun. Geraniums are not real thirsty plants, so only water when the soil feels dry.
Hope this helps.
they are outside but the heat is dry and over 100 so i've been watering every day and giving only some morning sun.... don't want them to dry up and die. if anyone lives in az and can understand my question, please let me know..
I don't live in Az. but we get the 100º days here too. We just have more humidity than you do. I over-winter mine in my garden house because we do get some cold weather here...they will bloom all winter in there. Then when we are past our coldest, back to my front porch they go. It faces the east so they get maybe an hour or two of first sun before the porch shades them. They do great there. They do require LOTS of water...every day or every other day for me.
I haven't seen Kactus Kathi on this board for quite awhile but she lives in Az. I know her back yard is FULL of plants and they have run a sprinkler system thru it. Most of her things are in pots. She has an amazing assortment of cacti...they sell some each year for a fund raiser.
She has posted recently (last week I think) on another board....www.naturalyard.ca! You & anyone else is welcome to join us over there. There is also another gal on that board from Az., Sheila. All persons who sign up to join there are manually approved so sometimes it takes a day or two if Yard Man (aka, Now What) is super busy, he has a business he runs too.
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I grow geraniums all year round here. And they bloom all year. Having lived in Nevada, I know about the heat. I'd make sure they got a little bit of morning sun, but then shade for most of the day. So long as they get adequate moisture and a bit of protection, the heat shouldn't bother them.
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A bit off your topic...you don't say where you've moved from but if the landscape was quite a bit different and even if it wasn't, you may want to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. A very cool place for ideas!
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