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Planting Instructions for Geranium (cranesbill, hardy geranium):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Average to rich, well-drained Moisture:  Average, drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep, mulch lightly Spacing:  15 to 24", depending on variety

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Geranium should be dry in the bags, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Geranium in full sun to part shade in average to rich, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack them in after planting.

Moisture:  Geranium do not require much moisture, even after they are actively growing. Early season plantings (April and May) and plants that have no foliage should be started on the dry side. During that time we like to water lightly once and then we don't water again until the foliage has started to emerge. When actively growing they can be watered once or twice a week or as needed if they wilt, allowing the soil to dry out between watering, however they are quite drought tolerant once established and most varieties actually prefer to be on the dry side.

Spacing:  15 to 24", sometimes more, depending on variety

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown or top of the growth tips about 1/2 to 1" below soil level and then mulch lightly. New sprouts will usually emerge at slightly varying depths and no roots should be showing after planting.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Geranium are very adaptable to any good, loose, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a slightly dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once or twice a week, if needed, making sure the soil dries completely between watering.

Landscape Uses:  Geraniums are terrific landscape plants because they work so well in many garden situations. Use the low growing varieties as border plants or in rock gardens and use the larger plants with shrubs, roses, and large perennials such as Baptisia, tall-bearded and Siberian iris, meadow rue (Thalictrum), and ornamental grasses. Most also tolerate part shade and work well as a transition plant between the full sun and full shade parts of the garden.

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