A drop of iodine - and you do not recognize your geranium!

You can grow geraniums from seeds, but I prefer cuttings, which take place from mid-February to early March. At this time, it is already required to prune the geranium.

After all, geranium is light-loving, and in winter there is little light, and the plant is stretched, it becomes not very beautiful. The geranium needs to cut the bare shoots to the height you need, new branches will come from them.

A drop of iodine - and you do not recognize your geranium!

And it is possible to renew geranium every year, transferring it from a new cutting, as our great-grandmothers did in the old days. For the reproduction of geranium, apical cuttings about 7 cm long with three or five sheets are suitable.

Cut the cuttings, make an oblique cut under the kidney, cut off the lower pair of leaves, dry the cut and place the leaf break for 2 - 3 hours, so that the cut is drawn in a film, and we plant it immediately in the prepared pots with the soil, lightly water it.

To form a lush bush, the apical bud is plucked. We put in a bright place, but not in the sun.

Many simply cut cuttings and put in water, I advise you to put tablets of activated carbon in a jar of water so that there is no rotting. Roots are formed very quickly. Then they are seated in pots.

The pot should be taken small. Land geraniums do not need much. The faster the roots will cover the earth, the faster the plant will bloom, and the smaller the pot, the more abundant the flowering will be. In large pots, a plant may not bloom at all, it doesn’t need it - life is so good, why bother? In one pot, you can even plant several cuttings.

For the formation of a beautiful lush bush, pinch the top on an 8-10 sheet, side shoots - on the 6-8th and constantly turn the pot so that the bush is flat.

Geranium loves:

- the sun (but carries and light shadow);

- heat (but it will survive the very light frost);

- not frequent, but abundant watering;

- good drainage in the pot;

- moderately fertile, even poor soil, (otherwise there will be a lot of greenery, but few flowers);

- regular feeding;

- removal of faded blossoms to continue flowering.

Iodine water is a very good top dressing: dissolve 1 drop of iodine in 1 l of water and pour 50 ml of this compound on the walls of the pot. Do not overdo it so that the roots do not burn! After such a watering geranium continuously and gorgeous blooms!

If the leaves turn yellow, the reasons may be as follows:

- if the leaves dry only the edges - the reason is a lack of moisture;

- if the leaves are sluggish or rot - the reason is an excess of moisture.

In the summer geranium loves to live in the fresh air - take it out on the balcony or in the garden, well planted in the ground. At first, having survived the stress associated with changing places, geranium will hurt, her leaves may turn yellow and fall off. But then she will delight you with abundant flowering.

Outside, geranium blooms amazingly, and the bush grows as much as ever at home. In the sun, sometimes geranium leaves acquire a pink color - this is a normal phenomenon, as if "tan", the plant is no better, no worse.

In autumn, in cool weather of 10-12 degrees, geranium “baldeet” from such a temperature!

Keep geraniums on the street can be before the start of frost, until the temperature drops to +2 -5 degrees. Then it will have to be cut off, transplanted into pots and put in a cool place (10-12 degrees) for hibernation or, gradually accustoming to a higher temperature, bring it into the room where it will continue flowering.