Geraniums come from the genus of flowering plants, which is known as Pelargonium (scientific name), which includes a variety of species, 280 or so, of geraniums, pelargoniums, or stocks bills. These plants look absolutely amazing in your gardens or in the kitchen area and in offices as well.
However, there are some things you should know about your geraniums, which will help you to grow them better. So read ahead to find out a bit more than you already know about these beauties.
Are geraniums annuals or perennial
Most people confuse geraniums with pelargoniums. The ones which you usually see in-plant markets are, in reality, pelargoniums, which are annuals, whereas the true geraniums are perennials. Pelargoniums are the ones which you familiarly see in red, pink, and purple colors. The true members of geranium are commonly known as cranesbill or even hardy geraniums.
So this simple question’s answer depends on the type of geraniums that you are growing. What is meant by annuals is that they grow only once a year, and perennials are the ones that can be grown in any season? There exist 100 different varieties of geraniums, so that it may get confusing for you, but understanding the difference between geraniums and pelargoniums will do the work.
Which is the best season for growing geraniums?
Pelargoniums, commonly known as annual geraniums, are usually grown as annuals, but they can be outwintered in warm climates. These plants love pots, and so they can be grown in small containers or hanging pots. One good tip for growing them in a better way is to keep them somewhere where they receive sunlight daily.
True geraniums, commonly known as cranesbill, are actually cold hardy and can be grown as perennials in many climates. They can live for very long periods of time if proper care is taken. Their lifespan also depends very much on the kind of weather or climate conditions that exist in your area. It is very common for your geraniums to dry out due to extreme heat, so you need to take good care of your geraniums for them to last.
Geraniums are generally very easy-to-maintain plants that can survive for the longest with good care. They are fond of a bright and sunny climate and require a modest amount of watering. They can also be used in your kitchen for culinary purposes. So next time when you plan to have geraniums remember the notes in the article given above and enjoy their blooming.