How to water the Parisian geraniums
The Parisian geraniums, thanks to the rich flowering and the very simple cultivation, are among the most used balcony plants to decorate homes. The plant does not fear the cold, but it does not resist to temperatures below zero. During spring and summer it blooms profusely and it is in this period that it must be watered regularly, at least once a day, or even morning and evening in the most periods. hot or when it is exposed to the sun for many hours.Abundant irrigation, therefore, but not water stagnation in the saucers for long periods, to avoid rotting. During autumn and winter i Parisian geraniums they enter a resting phase and the waterings must be suspended. This is the period in which they must be pruned and sheltered from the elements, moving them to a protected place. Some nurserymen argue that the irrigation of the geraniums should not be done by wetting the leaves so as not to weaken them, but rather by administering the water to the base of the plants. It is also true, however, that occasional waterings all over the foliage help to eliminate small parasites and the eggs that they lay right on the leaves.
How to cultivate and care for Parisian geraniums
Parisian geraniums have colorful five-petalled flowers that can be white, pink, lilac, red or even mottled. Each color can be on simple, double or semi-double flower; it follows a great choice of varieties that can be grown individually or alternated in the vases, creating very beautiful effects to be seen. Their fallout habit makes them particularly suitable for decorating window sills, a custom very popular in northern countries; the vases with hanging geraniums are equally choreographic. Multiplying geranium plants is very simple, since the cuttings take root easily. Just get hold of branches to be planted with a slight pressure on the earth, preferably in the months of March and April. Given their habit that tends to get longer, the Parisian geraniums fear the wind which, when it is too strong, breaks them and ruins them. The plants adapt easily to the type of soil that is supplied to them, although the best for lush growth is that obtained from a mixture of river sand, peat and earth. Removing the leaves and dried flowers periodically helps the plant to save energy, for a continuous and abundant flowering.
How and when to fertilize geraniums
The rich flowering of Parisian geraniums, both in quantity of flowers produced and for their duration, requires that they have the right nourishment. The fertilizer should be given to geraniums from spring until about mid-summer. About every three weeks the plant is given a specific fertilizer, enriched with slow-release nutrient or granular microelements. Towards the month of May it is advisable to decant the geraniums into a slightly larger container, using fertile, slightly acid and well-drained soil. During the repotting it is advisable to eliminate a large part of the old earth and, equally advisable, is the practice of periodically moving the surface of the earth to facilitate the absorption of water and fertilizer, but also to allow better aeration of the roots.
Growing Parisian geraniums: exposure, diseases and possible remedies
The best exposure for Parisian geraniums is the one that gives them good sunshine, not excessive. A position in partial shade is also fine. This plant adapts to different situations, but if placed in a too shaded area it will produce long branches, more delicate and almost no flowers. The adversities that can damage it, in addition to the strong frost if not repaired and in the wind, are parasites and fungal diseases. presence. The larvae of the licenide of geraniums dig tunnels in the stems and can cause the death of the plant. We notice their presence because the stems become dark. You can try to save the geranium by drastically pruning it at the base and by completely changing the earthen bread in the vase. Mold, mildew and gray mold, should be combated with sulfur and copper based products.