Plants have always been an essential part of my life considering I grew up on a farm. So amidst these warm summer days, I have an innate need to enhance my home with the visual stimulation of flowering plants to give me that long awaited breath of sunshine and happiness! To achieve that, container gardening has become a passion of mine!
Unknown to many people, growing plants in containers (or decorative planters) indoors or out, requires very little effort. My favorites for a pop of color are the Common Garden Geranium and the Ivy (trailing) Geranium. Colors vary from red or fuchsia to even white or bluish purple. If the beautiful fragrance of either fresh mint, lemon, or rose appeals to your senses, the Scented Geranium is what you’re looking for. It not only offers great visual beauty, but it is known for its scented foliage (leaves) when either touched or brushed up against.
Caring for these plants is simple….
Geraniums need a nutrient-rich soil, a drink of water only when the soil feels dry, and to be fertilized every 3 to 5 weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food. Be careful though, if you over fertilize, the plant will produce more leaves then blooms. Better yet, if you feel you aren’t “green thumb savvy,” a bag of Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix (which includes fertilizer) will do the job, and no further fertilizing needed!
Geraniums love being outside in the sun on your deck or patio, but they also do very well inside where they love cool, indoor temperatures and bright light.
Last, but not least, they love a good haircut! Prune (cut them back) when they get too leggy, and deadhead (snip off the dead flowers) at the base of their stem.
And there you have it, you’re on your way to being a gardener! If you’re new at gardening, don’t be afraid to put those gloves on, dig in, and garden anyway! Oh sure, you’ll make a few mistakes, (God knows I have), but that’s the only way you learn. Do you know the saying, ”Rome wasn’t built in a day?” Well, a landscaped garden isn’t either, but plants in a container can be! Carpe Diem!