Growing Geraniums in Containers

by Gail Stone 07/10/2022

Geraniums are a favorite among gardeners for their colorful blooms and ease of care. If you live in a region with mild winters, they are excellent options for garden beds and containers outdoors. However, it's still possible to enjoy growing geraniums no matter what climate zone you live in. Here is a basic guide to growing geraniums in containers for maximum flexibility:

What Kind of Geranium Is Best?

Geraniums come in many varieties, some with unique traits. For example, some geraniums are known for their fragrant leaves producing subtle scents like lemon, chocolate and mint. Others are perennials grown for their bright and sturdy flowers. Whichever of these options you choose, you'll have success growing geraniums in containers regardless of the weather.

Brighter Is Better

Geraniums thrive in full sunlight. If you have them in outside containers, place them where they will get at least six hours of direct light during the day. If you bring them indoors, give them the sunniest spot possible. You might also consider supplementing their light needs with grow lights if you don't have enough windows or natural light at home.

Beware Over-Watering

Geraniums are sensitive to over-watering and root rot. To avoid watering your geraniums too much, allow the top inch of soil to dry out before you give them a drink. It's also crucial to use a container with adequate drainage so the soil does not remain soggy. Geraniums are more drought-tolerant, so it's always safest to wait an extra day to water if the soil still seems moist.

Help Them Bloom Indoors

If you're growing geraniums for their flowers, you'll want to give them the best conditions to bloom as much as possible. If you grow your geraniums inside, there are some simple things you can do to encourage flower production. One is to deadhead and pinch off faded blooms at the base of the flower stalk. Geraniums also bloom more successfully when slightly root-bound, so don't move them to a larger container too soon.

Geraniums are a wonderful plant to grow both outdoors and indoors. By keeping them in containers, you can give them the best possible environment, any place and any time of year.

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Gail Stone

Dedication, knowledge and her 'beyond the call of duty' approach enables Gail to sell successfully both to the first time buyer and the experienced seller. Her honesty and perseverance have served her clients extremely well. I am proud to say I have been with the firm since 1985 and have been a Stamford resident for 34 years. My former careers have been a high school math teacher and a computer programmer. I love helping people with their housing needs and feel I am able to help them maximize their purchases and sales.