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Transplanting geraniums:when to transplant, how to plant a geranium and all the instructions for transplanting Parisian and zonal geraniums. The choice of the new vase, the best period and the recommended treatments. Advice on geraniums cultivation and reproduction.
Who wantsmultiply geraniumit can prefer the propagation by cuttings. All information on the multiplication of geranium (period, how to do it, soil ...) are available on the page dedicated toCutting of geranium. In this article we will see all the information on thetransplanting geranium.
Not everyone knows that the correct name of thegeraniumispelargone so much so that the botanical name of the most cultivated species at home, on balconies and in the garden, are thepelargonium elegans, pelargonium funchal and pelargonium grandiflora orchard.
When to transplant geraniums?
The best time is in spring, however, if you buy a plant in the middle of summer, it is advisable to operate thetransplant.
How to transplant geraniums
Transplant newly purchased geraniums
To ensure a long life to thegeraniumjust bought, just at home, it is important to transfer the plant to a slightly larger pot with fresh and rich soil.
Cleaning of geraniums grown in previous years
Who shouldtransplanting geraniumsof the previous year, you will have to clean them before the transplant. Before running thetransplanting geraniums, remove all the dry parts of the plant being careful not to cut on the living plant tissue (green) but cut at the level of the already dry tissue. This way you won't leave an open wound for the plant to heal.
After this stage ofcleaning,wet the soil deeply with abundant irrigation and after two or three days, igeraniumsare ready torepotting. A geranium ready for thetransplantit appears well hydrated and with the roots able to keep the soil in clod so as to make repotting less risky.
To summarize this first phase which consists in preparing the geranium for transplantation, we remind you that you must:
- Cut off all dry twigs if the geranium comes from the previous year's cultivation.
- Irrigate the geranium abundantly (whether it is a new geranium or if grown in the past).
- Wait two days to then perform therepotting.
Repotting the geranium
When igeraniumsthey will be well hydrated and ready totransplantas described above, you can start preparing the new containers.
Prepare the pot and the new soil. Gently lift the plant from the old container and open the root ball in the lower part, redirecting the excessively branched roots outwards. Putting the roots in order by moving the clod is essential to ensure the geranium can "colonize" the new volume of soil it has available with the new pot.
Transfer the geranium to the new pot by filling the rest of the pot with potting soil. Compact and, if the soil is still damp from the previous days' irrigation, wait 12-24 hours before administering more water.
Transplanting Parisian geraniums and zonal geraniums
For theParisian geraniumsyou should pay particular attention to the choice of the vase. Choose containers that are at least 25 cm deep. The Parisian geraniums must have, at the first repotting, a quantity of available soil of at least 20/22 cm. Even minimal pot increases are enough to have a plant with greater vegetation and a more abundant production offlowers.
Zonal geraniums prefer a generously sized pot: choose a container 30 cm wide, 60/80 cm long and 40 cm deep. Add four stones to the corners of the planter to ensure greater stability to the plant.
The water to be used during repotting and for irrigation of geraniums
As is clear, a correctrepottingit is performed by administering, as a preliminary, an abundant quantity of water to the plant. Remember to always wet the geraniums on the foot (and not on thefloweringor on the leaves) and to use water at room temperature (not cold) and above all non-calcareous water (therefore not from the tap!). Tap water, if used to irrigate thegeraniumswill increase the pH of the soil. Before watering, dodecanttap water by keeping it in a basin for at least 48 hours.