it might be that you have to cut back below any of the stems that are going soft to prevent the spread of any rot – this might look drastic but it could save the whole plant later on! (Which is a horrible thought!)? You did right to put them where they don't get direct sun all day. I attempted to repot. Would be interesting to take a cutting and see what happens… If the plant has plenty of green foliage then simply trim away the yellow and damaged foliage. If so – this is perfectly normal. Leaves look nice and green though. That has now been planted and is beautiful in its new pot, however….it is just growing taller and taller and getting very lanky. Hello My geraniums look terrible… they are pale in color, have some brown leaves and very small leaves. If the whole plant is looking poorly then the first thing I always do is to get it out of the pot and have a good look at the roots and they tell the whole story as to what is going on with the top of the plant. What can I do please ? The leaves appear green and healthy. All rights reserved. However, don’t get blame yourself when you lose a plant … these things do happen and there is no such thing as 100% success rate – we can only do our best! This can sometimes force them into flowering, so dont be tempted to repot too often. My true vining geraniums are fine. Hi Martha. They have been outside since February and have grown and bloomed profusely until now. The plants look very healthy and have a lot of blooms but they are much smaller blooms now. Hi Graham, I live in La Quinta Ca (near Palm Springs) so we plant summer flowers in October. Hope that helps you is it possible that the plants need a little help from a potassium based feed? Sue, For the first time, I planted my wintered-over geraniums in the ground in a formal garden off my patio. Indoors, geraniums need lots of light for blooming but will tolerate moderate light conditions. Geraniums drop their buds due to stress. This last week I have noticed that the new leaves are dying quickly and the stems are getting squishy and turning black. The center of each flower dies, the rest of each bloom looks healthy??? 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. I have not fed this one since I repotted and don’t want to attempt to just yet. Hi Coleen, (as we had lots and lots of rain recently) The nursery wants to do soil samples. I wish you a very happy celebration weekend! Is it a watering issue, mold, or just common end of summer cycle? try a diluted down tomato feed and see if that helps the flowers to develop. My neighbour thought this should be done monthly – “no!” I said “give them a feed every week and watch the results”. They are found throughout the … All the best Sounds like your Geranium desperately needs re-potting into a larger container. Hanging Basket. Let’s take a look at the causes of bud death … i have planted last week strong red dutch geraniums and i now notice the flowers have got a black tinge/ edge why is this? Use a good quality compost and mix in some slow release fertiliser to give it a feed at the same time. They have been outside since February and have grown and bloomed profusely until now. Thank you so much for your kind reply. So interesting what plants can do! The same goes for all your flowering plants and our fertiliser can be used for all your garden plants to get more flowers – all your hardy plants, fuchsias, patio plants, border plants … they’ll all flower more with a weekly feed. The best remedy for this is to remove any infected flowers and leaves, if there are any, and make sure there is plenty of air flow around the plants, hopefully they are keeping warm wherever they are, give them a spray with a fungicide too. I would definitely pot it up into a much bigger pot then and put some plant supports in too. My plants are dying off in the middle of the bloom. It only has two shoots (branches) left now with a few leaves on the end of each branch. Sue. I have been afraid to do anything to it at all as I don’t want to lose the plant because of its sentimental value. Root Rot is also known as Blackleg. Once the whole flower head has faded then you can snip the entire stem off. It is often seen on geranium plants raised in greenhouses due to the high humidity and close proximity of other plants. All the best. It might be a good idea to try rooting a few more cuttings from the original plant too. I can also see some roots coming out of the dirt. Thanks, Bruce, Hello. came along and told us of a new compost that had been designed especially for geraniums and that it was cheaper than the one we were using … “yippee” we all exclaimed and set about potting up a test batch of plants into the new compost and then stood back and watched the results. Try to remain patient – they may well get going later in the season. All the best All the best Check the moisture level of the compost and feed if you think it might help. I live in suburbs of Chicago. I hope this helps That said, I would also check plants daily for caterpillars and remove them as you see them. Damaged leaves or dying flowers will begin to rot once the cold, damp days arrive, and petals falling onto leaves can cause damage. Hi Diana, Since I wrote this, I now see evidence (holes in buds, excrement trail – ugh) of bud worm, hollowing out the remaining healthy buds! I don’t want to touch it if all I need to do is support the weight. All the best Graham. Sue. All the best All the best Was I not smart to plant them in the ground? I know they need oxygen,can I some how get oxygen to the roots? Sue. Is this true? We had a very cold spring so they began hibernating in my garage, but once I planted them they began to produce buds after a week or two. I hope this helps Grab a sharp knife and cut it back as much as you like – always cut just above a leaf joint in a straight line and the plant will heal over at this point. Plants will naturally lose some of their oldest leaves so don’t worry too much. Required fields are marked *. Growing geranium plants is easy as long as you can give them what they need. Well the straight answer is yes … but that wouldn’t make much of a newsletter so I’ll expand (and as you might have gathered if you read my newsletters regularly … I can rabbit on about geraniums at great length!). Graham. kind regards roger measley. It might just be too much to deal with the sun when struggling with all … Oct 20, 2014 - Geranium Sylvaticum – Free information about this highly adaptable, robust and nice blooming garden flower! Hi Julia, it sounds like your geraniums need a bit of a tonic, I would try a good quality feed, to boost the leaf colour (this could be a nitrogen deficiency), this should help the plants along a bit better. This is almost certainly due to the amount of rainfall you’ve had. I hope this helps Geraniums are a colorful and strongly scented plant that makes a good indoor houseplant as well as a bright, hardy addition to an outdoor garden. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I hope this helps This is not the case with my hanging baskets with the same wintered-over variety of geraniums. Hopefully they are still a pretty variety. I have 6 geranium plants in pots on my deck. Find a balanced feed with additional magnesium & that should help. I think they may be trying go figure out a way to avoid replacement. There are worse things. Other Factors. Allow the compost to dry out until it is barely moist, and then aim to keep it this way by watering little and often. The geranium is bright green and very wide looks very good except it keeps falling over. Help…what do I do???? Dye wool fabric or yarn with geranium flower petals to produce a natural, chemical-free dyed color from plants in your backyard. My blooms are not spent…they’re looking very healthy except for those ugly green spikes,,,they’re prevalent in all of my pots,,,,not all the same colors or from the same source. Any new flowers would be expected to open blue. Keep the garden clear of old plant debris and keep mulch away from stem bases. Hi Sue! Hi Lisa, I know I sound really dumb and confused but I don’t know where to pinch it off. Often when a plant puts on lots of leafy growth at the expense of flowers it is because there is plenty of feed available (particularly nitrogen). If the roots are there in abundance but are brown then the root system has died. Geraniums are worth saving because each of their growing tips will make a new plant for the following spring. 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 would suggest that you try a liquid feed for them, it sounds like they have used up the nutrients in the compost that they were planted in and now can’t get what they need to produce flowers. Is there any possibility I can save these plants Hi Lynn, I would try a higher potassium fertiliser to encourage bigger and more plentiful blooms The poor plants cannot catch a break! However it rather odd that they would be a completely different colour. As blooms begin to fade and die off, cut or pinch off the flower and the stalk it formed on. Enjoy your visit!. I planted a geranium last year around July that I found on the ground, I had no idea at the time what it was it just had lovey pink flowers so I thought I’d just plant it and see what happened! We have been getting lots of rain here, it it very humid but it is in a pot that drains. I may have watered them too much. When water sits in saucers or plants sit in soggy soil, the roots begin to rot, a process that, once begun, cannot be reversed. The seaweed feed will not do your plant any harm. Water geraniums early in the day, if possible, to avoid standing water on leaves overnight, which often leads to disease. They are fed with 20-20 fertilizer every 10 days or so. I did not inherit my mother’s and grandmother’s green thumbs with geraniums. Temperature can affect flower colour, and also many blooms will darken or fade as they age. Graham, Mr. Ward I have a geranium that is about 3yrs old up until recently it has been full, beautiful and growing. My potted geraniums are looking great with green leaves and lots of blooms. In other years they did fine in the same location. I hope this helps Report. Never again. I have never had a this happen before. House of Silk Flowers Artificial Violet/Fuchsia Azalea Hanging Basket. This is most probably vine weevil. Sue. Sounds as though the buds have died back – this is often associated with plant shock of some sort – probably the sharp change in temperatures recently. Is this my best remedy or should I be fertilizing with something other than a basic fertilizer? I rooted it in water…successfully!!!!!! Hi Carmen, When compost is wet it is much heavier. It might not be a bad idea to check for any “weedy” looking growth that could be trimmed out, so that the plant concentrates on fewer, but stronger, shoots. All the way back to where it first . Sue, I planted 8 pink geraniums cutting but they grown with white flowers, Hello So I rinsed it and the next day I planted it in soaked soil Since then all it does is droop and look like it is dying. Does it mean my plant is done flowering? That is a geranium seed pod, coming off of a spent blossom. A retired municipal judgem Reynolds holds a degree in communications from Northern Illinois University. I read I should keep the edema-marked leaves on (after already having removed some). I do not kill all plants but for some reason these cuts that this lady has given me keep dying. At this time of the year when we move plants from greenhouses to outdoors they can have a bit ‘shock’ at the change in temperature and losing a few leaves is nothing to worry about. 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