LifestyleHomemade potato fertilizer makes geraniums bloom till October

Homemade potato fertilizer makes geraniums bloom till October

How to care for geraniums?
How to care for geraniums?
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5:21 PM EDT, June 2, 2024

Geraniums are flowers that adorn many balconies. They require little maintenance and are easy to grow. If you want them to bloom all summer, prepare this homemade fertilizer. Everything you need is already at home.

Geranium is a plant in the geranium family. It adorns many balconies and home gardens and is distinguished by its unique, colorful flowers. Geranium blooms from June to September, but this period can be extended.

How to achieve this? Discover the recipe for a homemade geranium fertilizer that will make the plant bend under the weight of its flowers. Use it regularly to extend the blooming period by several more weeks.

How to grow geraniums?

There are as many as 283 different species of geraniums worldwide. Most are found in North and South Africa and the Middle East. Given the right conditions, they can be successfully grown in our climate.

How to grow geraniums: Immediately after purchase, transplant the plant into a large pot with drainage to prevent waterlogging. Remember to use the right soil. Choose fertile, light, and well-drained soil with a slightly acidic or neutral pH. Place it in a warm, sunny spot.

How often should geraniums be watered? It all depends on the weather. Water them once a week in the spring and every 2-3 days in the summer. Pour the water directly onto the roots. Be careful; even a tiny amount of water on the stems or flowers can lead to fungal diseases.

Peel and pour water. Geraniums will be covered with flowers

Geraniums have a high demand for nutrients like potassium and phosphorus. They require regular fertilization throughout their blooming period. You don't have to buy expensive fertilizers to provide them with the necessary nutrients. Use a vegetable that you indeed have at home.

This vegetable is a potato. It is a valuable potassium and phosphorus source that will nourish the plant and extend its blooming period. How do you prepare such a fertilizer? It’s elementary. Start by thoroughly washing the potato. Grate it with the skin, and put the resulting mash into a pot. Add about 2 pints of water and bring it to a boil. Boil the mixture for 10-15 minutes.

Finally, strain the mixture and mix it with cold water in a 1:1 ratio. The fertilizer is now ready to use. Apply it once a week throughout the summer, and the geraniums will bloom even until October.

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