Oct 8, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Joyce Maas-Alexander. Hello. Graham, I purchased a lovely burgundy colored pelargonium vancouver centennial, but its leaves never turned dark, it flowers regularly and gives new leaves constantly but leaves are just green and very pale brown, what can I do to get more saturated leaf color (tried 18-6-12 fertiliser, magnesium sulfate, iron sulfate, banana peels, egg shells, full sun, half sun, but same leaf color till now). Many flowering plants benefit from being allowed to fill their pots and even become a little root bound. I’ve been growing red geraniums since 1993 and before that my Mother always grew them. Hi Donna, I am also not sure when to water it again – once it says ‘Dry-3’ on my meter or should I let it dry out even more than that? If the plant is looking sick but the roots are white then there is something the plant is not happy about, causing it to look not quite right. Geranium rust first appears under leaves as small yellow circles. When water sits in saucers or plants sit in soggy soil, the roots begin to rot, a process that, once begun, cannot be reversed. They are fed with 20-20 fertilizer every 10 days or so. However, I took it out of the container I had it in and there was green leaf growth on the roots. Graham, My geraniums were doing great until just recently I noticed the blooms were not as big as before and not all of them even open up. My wife has planted a pot of 16″diameter ×16″ high. If anyone has sprayed weedkiller around them then that would almost certainly kill them! Thanks! This fungal disease attacks many plants, especially during cool, wet weather. They have been outside since February and have grown and bloomed profusely until now. It’s hard to say without seeing them but it sounds as though they are in need of a repot into fresh compost and a good feed. I would wait until the end of the summer and cut the plant back by at least a third, cut the main stems back to a healthy looking leaf shoot, where it will grow from again next season. The choice of compost is very important and you should always go for a general purpose compost – if you have a favourite with a good success rate then I’d always say stick with it. Sue, Hello! Make sure that you are feeding and watering it regularly at this time of the year, but do allow the compost to dry out slightly between waterings so that it doesn’t sit too wet. Just pinch out the dead flowers and leave the others to continue. It has survived these past 7 years but is starting to show its age. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. I may have watered them too much. Hi Cary Hi Judy, I would switch to a high nitrogen feed for a little while, this will encourage your plants to put on leafy growth, be sure to not overdo it though as you might end up with too many leaves and not enough flowers! Please advise. I hope this helps I will give it a go with one pot and see how it goes. Hi I planted some geraniums in pots but have put too many in each pot and they are now starting to flower can I still move some into other pots or will this kill them. As a result, they concentrate their efforts on bulking up, rather than blooming. geranium.buds.spent.jpg. Is it just too early in the year for it, or are they not supposed to overwinter in the garden? The spent bloom of a geranium flower. Hi Dee Dee, it sounds like you have something called fasciation going on there, it can be caused by a virus and will cause flowers to behave in very strange ways. All the best Even when you do manage to get a plant to recover you should always take the opportunity to review your general growing conditions and watering as there might be something in the general care that is slightly amiss. I have the dark red calliope geraniums. Rather than hanging their pruned and soilless geraniums in the garage, you can repot them and place prized geraniums in a sunny window to enjoy their blooms throughout winter. thanks for your post. Rose Geranium Plants. i have planted last week strong red dutch geraniums and i now notice the flowers have got a black tinge/ edge why is this? 2:11. It certainly sounds as though they have had a rough start due to the weather. Sue. It only has two shoots (branches) left now with a few leaves on the end of each branch. I just moved several good sized geranium plants from nursery pots to well composted potting soil-filled outdoor planters. The geraniums have all perked up no end following the long, rainy April, and are all bursting into bloom. I live in eastern Canada and have enjoyed my lovely geraniums this summer. Graham. Ive been planting geraniums for years. If you can improve their general health then they will be far more resistant to pests and diseases. 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