Geraniums require little care, once established. They prefer full sun and well-drained, moderately rich soil. Can handle partial shade, but become more prone to mildew if kept damp. Easy to start from flower seeds indoors in late winter, geraniums will bloom all summer and can be wintered over indoors or in a greenhouse.
The tiny leaves have a characteristic rounded shape, with contrasting bands of maroon. It's a great way to share treasured plants, and it feels thrifty. And gardeners love things that are thrifty. But if you start plants from seed, you get to choose from a range of colors: bright red, scarlet, bi-colors, orange-salmon, coral, pink, white, and lavender.
USDA Zones: 3 - 8
Height: 12 - 14 inches
Bloom Season: Summer and fall
Bloom Color: Double Purple
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Evenly moist, loamy, pH 6.1 - 7.0
Average Germ Time: 5 - 7 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/8 inch
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 8 - 12 inches