Why geranium does not bloom at home and what to feed for flowering?
Geranium (or pelargonium) is an indoor plant with dark green leaves and large beautiful flowers. It is easy to care for and reproducing. Because of this, geraniums are one of the most popular home flowers.
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How often does it bloom? When does it bloom?
Subject to the correct conditions, geraniums will bloom for a whole year. But at the same time, its inflorescences will be small and dim.
In order for the flowers to be lush and vibrant, the plant should be given a “rest” from November to March.
If you just planted pelargonium, then the first flowers will appear in it after 4 - 4.5 months. The best time for flowering is spring and summer. Therefore, try to predict the planting of geraniums by the warm season.
Flowering conditions of geraniums
Pelargonium is unpretentious to the conditions of detention. But in order to achieve abundant flowering, you need to follow a number of simple rules.
The most comfortable temperature for geraniums is indoor. That is 20-23 degrees.
The plant does not like moist air in the room, so keep it in a dry room. If the humidity in your house or apartment is high, then put a flower to the window.
Geranium loves warmth and light. But at the same time you need to take care of protecting the plant from direct sunlight. Pelargonium from midday heat will not "burn out", but the flowers will burn out faster.
Therefore, do not place the geranium close to the glass on the windowsill, but move it a little further to the edge.
Geranium feels best on window sills, balconies and verandas. Some gardeners even plant flowers in the garden and flower beds for the summer.
Geranium can be planted in neutral, acidic and slightly acidic soil. The plant is generally not picky about the soil. The main thing is that the earth is loose. In addition, it is necessary to take care of drainage so that moisture does not accumulate in the pot.
Need to grow geraniums in a small pot. If the flower has a lot of space, then it will gain green and root mass. Geraniums should be crowded.
If you have a large pot empty, then plant several plants in it at once.
Why does not bloom at home?
There are several main reasons why your pelargonium does not bloom.
- Not enough fertilizer. Geranium needs to be fed every 7-10 days.
- Incorrect feeding. The plant loves potassium fertilizers and poorly tolerates organics.
- Excessive watering. It is very important not to fill the flower. Otherwise, its roots will rot.
- A lot of free space. For the plant to bloom, it needs to create close conditions.
- Too many neighbors. Geranium well tolerates “cohabitation” with other flowers, but still not worth creating a whole flower garden in one pot.
- You forgot about pruning in the spring. Before the start of the new season, the old flower needs to be thinned out well and leave no more than 2 shoots.
- Little light. Geranium is a photophilous plant. Therefore, he needs to provide a sufficient amount of sun. But at the same time, it is advisable not to expose the plant to direct sunlight.
- Unsuitable temperature. If the place where the geranium stands is too cold or too hot, then the plant may not bloom.
- The plant is too old. If your flower is already many years old, then the reason may be at the age of pelargonium.
- Winter is in the yard. In winter, geraniums prefer to relax. If the window is frosty, then just let the flower rest until spring.
What to do to bloom?
Sometimes it happens that even with proper care, geraniums do not bloom. In this case, extreme measures must be taken. Their essence is that the most inappropriate conditions are created for the plant.
Here are a few possible methods:
- Trim the bushes even harder. Leave only 2 eyes on one shoot.
- Reposition the geranium in the cold and reduce the amount of water.
- Transplant the plant.
- Increase iodine concentration in top dressing.
How to care during flowering?
During flowering, geraniums need to be watered regularly. Provide her with enough light. If your pet blooms year-round, then install phyto-lamps in winter. With their help, you will extend the daylight hours.
Remember that geranium should be fed regularly.
Geranium loves heat, but not heat. Therefore, in the summer, make sure that the pot with the plant does not stand under the scorching sun, and in winter move it away from the battery.
Care after flowering
If your pelargonium blooms only in the warm season, then you need to know a few simple rules for caring for a plant after flowering.
- If you took out a flower pot for the summer, then do not rush to put it in place. Quarantine your pet for a month to make sure it is not sick and will not infect its neighbors.
- Geranium during rest should be kept cool (temperature about 15 degrees).
- The frequency of irrigation also needs to be reduced.
- You can not keep the flower in a warm, humid room.
Flowering in winter
If your geranium blooms in winter, then the conditions for caring for it will be slightly different from summer.
Firstly, you can not make fertilizers.
Secondlywater only 1 time in 10 days.
Thirdly, the temperature in the room should not be higher than 15 ° C.
Flowering in summer
The flower is very fond of fresh air, so in the summer take the pot out onto the balcony or porch. At first, the plant may be shocked by a change of place, but in the sun it will quickly move away. Pelargonium can be kept outside the house until October, when the temperature drops to 5-6 ° C.
How to water?
Pelargonium does not like a lot of water. Make sure that there is no excess moisture in the soil. Therefore, be sure to provide the plant with good drainage. Water from a regular plastic bottle along the walls of the pot. So the water will not fall on the leaves and stems.
Water should be at room temperature and not hard. To do this, you can filter the liquid or let it settle.
The frequency of watering geraniums depends on the season:
- Spring. Water the flower when the soil dries by about 10 mm. Check humidity with your finger, toothpick or pencil. If all the conditions for caring for the plant are met, the soil will dry out in about 3 days.
- Summer the need for pelargonium in moisturizing increases. You can even water daily. The main thing is to ensure that you do not "fill" the geranium. Remember that the soil must be dry before watering.
- Fall water geraniums less often than in summer. After flowering, the interval between watering should be 2-3 days. So you will not let the roots of the plant dry.
- The resting period for geraniums begins late fall, in late October - early November with the advent of the first cold weather. If there is a thaw outside the window, then you need to water the plant with an interval of 12-14 days. If there are severe frosts on the street, moisten the soil once every 10-12 days.
Wintering lasts until the beginning of spring.
Remember that it is better for geraniums if the soil is dry than too wet. If the flower has little water, then this can be determined by the dried edges. From excessive watering, geranium becomes sluggish, and the leaves begin to turn yellow and fade.
- The drainage is not laid. As a drainage, it is better to use expanded clay small fraction. It can be bought at any garden supplies store.
- The plant is not watered before transplanting. To remove the pelargonium from the old pot and not damage the roots, water it more than usual.
- No voids have been removed in the new pot. Empty space must be filled with slightly moistened earth. Press down lightly so that no voids remain. In this case, in no case need to tamp the soil!
- First watering too early after transplanting. You need to water the flower no earlier than 4 days later.
Do not forget to make holes in the bottom of the pot, if they are not.
Flowering to stimulate flowering
Geranium during its flowering is very fond of a variety of dressings. But you must be careful when choosing the appropriate drug.
Geranium does not like organic fertilizers and does not bloom when only nitrogen fertilizers are applied. In complex fertilizer, the proportion of nitrogen should not exceed 10%.
It is best to use potassium and phosphorus-based top dressings, as well as magnesium sulfate.
Homemade Fertilizer Recipes
Feeding with iodine
A solution of iodine can stimulate flowering plants. Mixing ratio: 1 drop per 1 liter of water. Feeding with iodine costs 4-5 times over the whole summer. When you water the color with a solution, make sure that it does not fall on the leaves and stems.
Boric acid supplementation
So that new inflorescences appear in geraniums, boric acid can be used. To do this, dissolve 0.5 g of powder 1 liter of warm water. Watering is carried out according to the feeding scheme with iodine water.
Answers on questions
Why only leaves leaves?
The reason is too large pot size. All resources the plant spends on the growth of roots, stem and leaves.
Part of the buds has dried
If the buds dry, the plant lacks vitamins and minerals. Feeding. Another reason may be stress due to a change of place or a change in temperature.
The plant stretched out
If the pelargonium stretched out and lost volume, it means she does not have enough light.
Leaves curl around the edges.
Most likely your pet lacks moisture.
- Geranium leaves do not need to be washed or sprayed. From this they turn yellow and dry.
- You put the plant wrong. Do not hide it in the shade or expose it to the scorching summer sun.
- You have chosen the wrong pot. The peculiarity of geranium is such that until its roots fill the entire space, there will be no flowering. Therefore, use small pots and pots. If you do not have the right one, then plant other plants with geranium.
- No need to feed with nitrogen-based fertilizers. From them, the plant gains green mass and does not bloom.
- You incorrectly cut pelargonium. You need to shorten the flower 2 times a year, in spring and autumn. This is necessary so that the bush retains an aesthetic appearance.
Find out more from the video below:
In order for the geranium to bloom, you need to fulfill just a few basic conditions:
- Do not “flood” the flower with water;
- Regularly feed;
- Provide enough light;
- Give the flower a "rest" in the cold season.