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geranium flowerGeraniums may be the first thing many people imagine when they think of a windowsill plant.

Easy to grow in the country or in town, they are tough, hardy, drought resistant, and popular worldwide for continuous blooms throughout the growing season given proper amounts of sun, water and fertilizer.

Geraniums flower throughout the summer, but can be easily wintered-over indoors situated in any sunny window. Just remember that geraniums dislike "wet feet" so be sure to provide your plant with light soil, and let dry out completely between waterings.

Geraniums can be grown from seed, but usually they are more easily propagated from cuttings or purchased at a local greenhouse. In spring, plant geraniums in a sunny spot after all threat of frost is passed. Depending on the type and size of your geranium, separate each plant by 6 inches to 2 feet to give them plenty of room to grow.

Throughout blooming season keep plants looking attractive (and avoid occurrences of fungus disease) by removing any dead leaves or flowers. Since geraniums are generally heavy feeders, fertilize at least once a month with a liquid fertilizer such as 20-20-20.

Geraniums come in wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors (including white, red, pink, reddish-orange and purple) and in many more scents than "garden variety" geraniums. These may include anything from rose, mint, and lemon to apple or ginger.

Scented geraniums are all actually members of the species Pelagornium and - just to add to the confusion.- the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably by botanists and horticulturists.

For a clearer picture, check out these top Web guides to the ever-popular geranium...


On the Web - How to grow geraniums :

 

Geranium Forum - Check out expert tips from this active GardenWeb community.

How to Grow and Care for Geranium Plants - Here's an easy introduction to their cultivation with additional tips on overwintering and related photos.

Pelargonium - History, photos and interesting facts about the common garden geranium with related resources, from Wikipedia.

Overwintering Geraniums - How to's and advice on potting up individual plants, taking cuttings, and winterizing.

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