Species Guide: Upright Geraniums
Geraniums that are upright in habit are more commonly referred to as Zonal Geraniums. They are known as Zonal Geraniums because they have roughly rounded leaves that often have a dark ring or zone running around them.
There are lots Zonal Geraniums to choose from - with flower colors including white, red, peach, salmon, coral and dark orange. You can even find bi-color bloomers such as the Flower Fairy collection. Red Geraniums are still the most popular colour of choice, with scarlet-red Anthony The Gardening Stores top selling Geranium.
Like many other plants, the flowers of Zonal Geraniums rise up above the canopy of leaves. Geraniums perform well in patio containers pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Being upright Zonal Geraniums are best suited in the centre of a hanging basket or towards the back of a planted container.
Itís important to dead-head Zonal Geraniums. You should take the time to clip out the old top flowers as they fade so the younger flower buds underneath can take their place. This also prolongs the bloom period for each flower head and gives your Zonal Geranium a neat and tidy appearance. Donít let Zonal Geraniums deadhead naturally - the flower blossoms will tend to fall and stick to the leaves below, damaging healthy foliage.
Zonal Geraniums will thrive in a sunny spot and will tolerate relatively dry soil conditions, however they donít like to be over-watered and wonít tolerate frost.
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