How Much Water Do Geraniums Need?

November 24, 2023

There are a number of factors that will affect how often you should water your geraniums. These include weather, sunlight, the season of the year, and whether your geraniums are planted in the landscape or in containers. In general, though, your plants will need to be watered more frequently if they are in containers than those that are planted in the ground because soil in containers tends to dry out more quickly. If you’re unsure whether your geraniums need to be watered, just stick your finger into the soil and see how it feels. If it’s sandy, your geraniums need to be hydrated.

During the heat of summer, your geraniums will require more frequent waterings than they do during the rest of the year. In general, a good rule of thumb is to water them when the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Be sure to avoid overwatering, however, as geraniums don’t like soggy soil.

It’s best to water your geraniums in the morning. This gives the plant a chance to absorb the water before the sun starts beating down on it and it allows any moisture left on the leaves to dry before evening, which can help prevent diseases such as leaf fungi. When you do water, it’s important to use room temperature water so that your plants aren’t shocked by a sudden change in the climate. Also, be sure to water by hand rather than using a garden hose or sprayer; if you do it too quickly, your geraniums may become dehydrated before they have the chance to soak up all the moisture.

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