Tips for pruning geraniums

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Regular pruning of geraniums will encourage new blossoms keeping the plants bushy and healthy. You should pinch off any new growth regularly throughout the year to help with keeping your geranium plants healthy. The best time to do annual pruning of the geraniums is during the winter season when growth is dormant.

Tips for pruning geraniums

Pruning of plants is essential part in gardening, in order to keep the plants as healthy as possible. Pruning of geraniums does not only keep them healthy but it also gives them a nice shape which makes them more attractive. If the geraniums are not pruned then their leaves begin to fall off and the stems will look "empty" making the plant look sparsely spaced.

After pruning when new leaves and stems grow then the plants will begin look" full" and healthier. It is important for you to know when the time is right to start the pruning process and right tools to use when pruning.

Once the geranium plant starts to look "empty" due to the falling of leaves then you should know it is time to start pruning the geranium plants. The best time of the year to prune geraniums is in early spring according to the information on this website gardeningknowhow

After pruning, you will be shocked to see how the geraniums will be revived and look more fuller and healthier after the pruning process. If you want to see an attractive looking geranium after pruning, you will have to pinch off new buds propping up as a way of encouraging new growth.

Pinching of geraniums is a type of pruning that helps the plant to grow in more compact and bushy way. This is done by the use of a sharp pair of scissors to snip off a 1/4-1/2 inch of the end of the geranium stem.

Pinching should be done in early spring as well. This method will force two new stems to grow off the original stem giving the geranium plant a more bushier and fuller look.

Using a pair of shears to prune, the best type of shears to use for pruning geraniums is the by- pass shears ( bypass secateurs) that have a scissor like type blades.

The pruning of geraniums should be done regularly to encourage proper growth and maintain a healthy look. When using shears to prune the geraniums, make sure that you first sterilize them to avoid the spread of pests and diseases picked from other plants.

The shears can be sterilized by rubbing alcohol on the shears to avoid spreading of diseases that may have been picked from other plants that were pruned using the same shears.

For effective results, the geranium plant should be pruned not more than a third part of the entire plant. You should pluck off any parts of the plant that look diseased and dead such as dead flowers and damaged leaves.

Geraniums can be also kept as houseplants, but you should make sure that when kept indoors the plants are pruned more regularly just in case the house gets too hot especially during summer and most of the leaves start to wither and fall off.

Geraniums grow quickly and this calls for regular pruning as a way of keeping the geranium flowers looking fresh and to allow them to blossom well.

Regular pruning of geraniums will encourage new blossoms keeping the plants bushy and healthy. You should pinch off any new growth regularly throughout the year to help with keeping your geranium plants healthy. The best time to do annual pruning of the geraniums is during the winter season when growth is dormant.

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