After spending so many months in the cold and dark, it’s time to take geraniums outside to enjoy the light and the bliss of spring. But, before doing that, you have to respect certain rules and steps, otherwise you risk killing the plant.

Plant care

The main rule: never take the plants directly outdoors. Let them accustomed and accommodate gradually, by taking them out on a closed balcony or terrace. If you haven’t trimmed (shorten) your geraniums in fall, now is time to take action. So, clean all dried leaves and shorten the sprouts to 10-15 cm. The seedlings thus obtained can be rooted to obtain new plants.
You can also rotate the roots for a balance between the air and the underground side of the plant.

Important: remove only the tips of the roots.

Once prepared, plant the geraniums in fresh soil pots. Use a mixture of manure, leaf and sand or perlite. A great option would be the soil mixture found in flower shops. They have in the first phase the component of the best substances that the plant needs. The substrate should be slightly acidic, with a pH of about 6.4-6.5.

Start watering regularly, 2-3 times a week, but don’t pour too much water at the beginning, because the plant has been used for several months with rare watering. Be careful not to leave water in the pot plate, because the plant’s roots may rot.

Even if during the day the temperatures are high, don’t take geraniums out on the terrace or in the garden, because during the night the temperatures will drop, affecting the young parts of the plant. Sometime, around May, it’s the perfect time to move your geraniums outside for good.

Also, in spring, fertilization is resumed, but not as soon as you have transplanted the plant. Leave it 3 weeks or a month for the plant to accommodate. Anyway, the plant will benefit of the nutritional substances found in the new soil.

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