Ivy Geraniums Common garden geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) are upright plants that are usually planted in pots, window boxes or in the ground. With its trailing vines that grow as long as 18 inches, ivy geranium (Pelargonium peltatum) is best suited for hanging baskets. Such porous, lightweight soil drains well and provides air to the roots. Hang your basket containing geraniums in a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. Poke your finger in the potting soil up to a depth of 2 inches. Water the geraniums if your finger comes out dry. Top 10 hanging basket plants Begonia x tuberhybrida. Instantly recognisable with their large blowsy blooms that hang pendulously from the thick stems, begonia tuberhybrida are one of our most popular basket and bedding plants. Fuchsias. Petunias. Bacopa. Lobelia. Calibrachoa. Geraniums (Pelargoniums) Osteospermum. For hanging baskets the general rule is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter – so 12 plants per 12 inch basket. You'll only need 5 plants per 12 inch hanging basket for bigger plants like Geraniums (Pelargoniums), Surfinia Petunias, culinary herbs and Fuchsias. Locate trailing geranium ivy in full sun if temperatures remain below 80 F. (27 C. ), but in hotter temperatures, plant them in partial shade. Protection from hot afternoon sun is an important part of ivy geranium care.
The best soil for both perennial and annual geraniums is one that is both fertile and well-draining. If you're growing geraniums in planting beds, improve soil drainage and quality by mixing 3 inches of Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers into the top 6 to 8 inches of native soil.
The grounds become a marvelous mulch that helps keep in moisture. Note: Be sure to use coffee grounds on full-grown plants only. Geranium seeds have a hard seed coat, and the grounds can inhibit germination.
Try some simple strategies to fight scraggly geranium growth. Buy only geranium plants that have three or more branches. Pinch back geraniums when you plant them and deadhead branches after blooms fade. Remove blooms as they fade. Plant geraniums in full sun where they receive six or more hours of sun each day.
In general, water plants in hanging baskets when the soil surface becomes dry to the touch. On hot, sunny days it may be necessary to water once a day. When watering hanging baskets, be sure to apply water until water begins to flow out the bottom of the container.
You should deadhead whenever your geranium blooms begin to look brown or weak. To deadhead your geraniums, rather than simply pulling off the top flowers, you need to go a little deeper in the plant and snap the stem below its node or joint, where new growth begins.
Pinching off individual leaves doesn't increase bloom, but pinching back the leaf stems can encourage branching and more flower bud production on a young plant. Geraniums, hardy in U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, benefit from pinching whether they are grown indoors or in the garden.
Hanging petunia plants may need water daily during the summer, and maybe even twice during periods of extreme heat. Water deeply, then let the pot drain. Never allow the soil to remain continually wet, as your petunias are likely to rot in soggy conditions.
The best exposure is full sun in the morning with light afternoon shade. High summer heat can take its toll on these plants. Many common geraniums stop blooming in sizzling weather, a condition known as "heat check. " (They'll resume blooming when cooler weather arrives. )
A general rule of thumb when planting a hanging basket is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter - so 12 plants per 30cm (12") hanging basket. The only exception to this is when you use strong-growing plants such as Fuchsias and Geraniums (Pelargoniums).
For 12-14-inch baskets, you can put anywhere between three to five plants. You want to make sure they are evenly spaced around the basket so that it's not overcrowded once the plants begin to grow. Five to seven plants can go in a 16-18-inch basket. A deeper basket works well if you are adding several plants.
We recommend 3 Wave plants in a 10-12 inch (25-30cm) container. Increase your plants as your container size goes up. Too many plants in a small container will have your Wave Petunias or Cool Wave Pansies fighting for the nutrients they need to spread and cascade over the sides.