Geranium — care at home
Geranium (pelargonium) — has long been a very popular indoor and garden plant.
It is characterized by vivid colors in various shades, are collected in umbellate inflorescences, beautiful leaves and is absolutely low maintenance.
The cultivation of geranium
The location and lighting ofGeranium refers to light colors. The lack of sunlight it gives small leaves and not blooms profusely.
This plant grows well even under direct sunlight. The pot of flower in summer you can make a garden or balcony, just to protect it from rain and wind.The temperatureFor the geranium optimal moderate room temperature in warm seasons and lower +10-15°C in winter.Watering and humidityRequires heavy regular watering but does not tolerate stagnant water in the pot, so needs to be good drainage.
When wetting is possible rotting of the roots, evidenced by the limp leaves. If the plant is watered enough, the tips of the leaves turn yellow.
This flower is almost no need for spraying, with the exception of winter when the Central heating battery lead to the dryness of the air.Fertilizer
For the feeding of twice a month use a standard fertilizer for flowering plants. Not in the care of a plant to use fresh organic fertilizer.Transplantation and reproductiontransplantation Annual geranium is not necessary. Do if for the flower pot has become too small.
It is important to remember that geranium grows best and blooms in a small pot. To the substrate, this plant is undemanding, but it grows especially well in this soil: 8 parts of sod land, 2 parts humus and 1 part sand.The most convenient method of propagation is with cuttings. They were cut from the parent plant, usually in August-September or in early summer, root in water and when roots appear, plant in soil in a small pot.Another propagation method is seed. It is more difficult and not always successful, however, this method gives a more harmonious, compact plant, flowering often more abundant than the plant grown from cutting.Pests and fight with themFor this plant is dangerous, especially aphids, whiteflies and spider mites, the dominance of which leads to yellowing and Curling of leaves, poor growth and flowering.
To get rid of them, use special tools, which are sold in specialized stores.
Another effective tool in pest management – an aspirin. It is used thus: 1 tablet dissolved in 8 liters of water and every 3 weeks spray on the leaves.