Popular in flower beds or hanging baskets, geraniums are usually grown as annuals and show off vibrant colors. Geraniums are perennials indoors and in USDA zones 11 and 12, but cannot survive frost. Other than this, Geranium care is extremely easy if you have a sunny spot in or around your home.

There are over 200 varieties of geranium which display blooms of different colors, shapes, and sizes. There are upright and hanging varieties of this plant, too!

The geranium leaf has a distinct odor. If planted around a vegetable garden, the geranium keeps many pests away, including mosquitoes!

Geranium care guide sheet

How Much Sun Do Geraniums Need?

Geranium care guide - geraniums in bloomGeraniums are warm weather plants that thrive when they receive 6 to 8 hours of direct sun or bright light per day.

How Often to Water Geraniums?

The geranium is drought tolerant and should be allowed to dry between watering sessions.

Best Soil for Geraniums

The geranium needs fertile and well-draining soil. Regular potting soil mixed with perlite and peat is a perfect medium for geranium care.

Hint: Wilted leaves between waterings may be a sign of overgrowth and a need to re-pot.


geranium care guide - geraniums thriving indoorsGeraniums bloom consistently during the growing period. If brought indoors to winter, they will continue to bloom if they are in a sunny location.

Little-known geranium care tip: To keep the plant blooming, it is important to deadhead the flowers once they begin to brown.

Overwintering Geraniums

To overwinter your geranium, we recommend cutting the plant down to a third of its size in autumn and placing it in a very sunny window.


During the growing period, you should apply a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks.


Geraniums root easily from cuttings. Your best chance is rooting them in early spring before new growth appears, but autumn propagation can work well, too, with these plants.

Light requirements


Filtered light to full sun
Soil of the philodendrons types


Rich and well-draining
Water requirements for the philodendron types



Geranium pots on the porch

Gail Edwards
About the Author - Gail Edwards

I have been a fan of indoor plants for over 40 yearsand have over 60 plants in my home. I bought my first plant, a Schefflera, when I was a teenager and slowly began collecting and propagating different varieties of plants. Now that I am retired, I also devote time to an outdoor flower garden and a vegetable garden in the summer months. I live in Canada where the


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