Chatham Kent Flower of the Year Is: Red Geranium
This year Chatham Kent has chosen a Red Geranium as the 2013 Communities in Bloom flower of the year! Geraniums are one of the most reliable plants grown in the home garden. Geraniums flower in spring and will add color to the garden until frost.
Although they can weather a light frost, geraniums love to bask in warm-weather. Here are a few basic tips for growing geraniums:
Light: Most types flower best in full sun, which means at least six hours of direct sun a day. If you live in a hot region with regular summer temperature over 90 degrees F (32 degrees C), plant your geraniums in a partly shaded spot. Many geraniums do quite well in part shade, but they won't flower as prolifically.
Soil: Geraniums like rich soil that is well drained. Compost added to your soil will give them an added boost. Plant container geraniums into pots filled with container potting mix.
Fertilizer: When growing geraniums, remember that they are heavy feeders. Give them fertilizer every two weeks or once a month at the very least. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer such as 20-20-20, or feed them at planting time with a time-release fertilizer that lasts all season. Regular fertilizing is especially important for container-grown plants.
Water: The key thing about watering geraniums is to water them thoroughly, but let the soil dry between waterings. Be sure to water the plants regularly when it doesn't rain. Check containers daily during hot summer weather. The best way to do this is to use a water meter or poke a finger into the soil. If it's dry two inches down or more, it's time to water.
Grooming: Leaves can die and turn brown for a number of reasons, mostly because geraniums are quite sensitive to fungal disease from excess moisture and humidity. Keep your plants looking their best by deadheading them and removing dried or discolored leaves. Your geraniums will reward you by looking great all season.
We look forward to putting this coulourful touch of chatham kent in our gardens this year! We are the largest growers of large double bloom variety cultured geraniums in your area. Along with red geraniums we also carry light pink, dark pink, white, coral, violet, salmon, blue, deepest dark red. Along with the original geranium we also carry Calliope geraniums which have a mounding trailing habit and very large blooms that will last all summer. If you're a fan of geraniums you've got to come check out this lastest must have!
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