Follow these simple tips on how to prune your geraniums and enjoy an abundance of beautiful blooms all season long!
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When to prune
You can prune geraniums any time from late winter to early summer, but the best time for pruning geraniums is early spring, just as new growth begins to appear. If you wait too long to prune, you may end up cutting off some of the plant’s flowers.
How to prune
Geraniums are one of the most popular flowers because they are so easy to grow. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and they bloom all summer long. You can keep them looking their best by pruning them regularly.
Pruning is important because it helps promote new growth and prevent the plant from becoming leggy. It also encourages the plant to produce more flowers. When pruning, be sure to use clean, sharp shears.
To prune your geraniums, start by cutting off any dead or dying leaves or stems. Then, cut back the plant by one-third to one-half its overall size. Be sure to make your cuts at an angle so that water will drain off easily.
After you have pruned your geraniums, give them a good watering and then apply a balanced fertilizer. You should fertilize your plants every four to six weeks throughout the growing season. With a little care, you will have beautiful blooms all summer long!
What tools to use
The best tools for pruning geraniums are a pair of bypass pruners and a pair of anvil pruners.
The bypass pruners have two sharp blades that slide past each other, much like scissors. They are the best tool for making clean cuts on live stems.
The anvil pruners have one sharp blade that closes against a flat anvil. These are the best tool for cutting through dead or thicker stems.