It is the most beloved plant to decorate balconies with its leafy branches that give life to a cascade of flowers of innumerable colors. The Parisian geranium belongs to the Geraniacee family and has excellent resistance to heat and cold.

 Hailing from South Africa, he is "used" to hot temperatures, but in fact excessive sun exposure is not beneficial. The ideal environment for this particular potted plant is in partial shade and never in places without light because the leaves will quickly turn yellow. 

If placed in shady areas, the flowers decline in favor of thicker foliage. It supports low temperatures well but not below 4 ° C and generally withstands the wind that disturbs its growth poorly.

How to grow Parisian geranium 2021 updated

Parisian geranium grow in pots or in the ground

Parisian geranium grow in pots or in the ground
Plant that generally requires little care, the Parisian geranium has a growing pot that can also be made by those who have never practiced gardening but still want to have beautiful plants on the balcony. 

Usually round pots, rectangular planters or boxes are chosen. The ideal dimensions taking into account the diameter are around 40 cm. Each geranium needs a living space of at least 20 cm to grow and feed properly. 

The ideal soil is acidic, rich in minerals and allows good drainage. Watering is important, it should be done daily during the hottest periods.Absolutely prohibited is the stagnation of water, which would cause rotting of the roots. 

It is a plant that accepts fertilizations well if it is done every 15-20 days, but not in summer, with specific fertilizers for geraniums available both in granules and in liquid to dilute in water. 

It can be reproduced in a simple way by "cutting", or by removing a branch and placing it in a solution of water and rooting hormones until the roots begin to show and then transfer it to a new pot with soft soil.

Parisian geranium diseases and treatment

Parisian geranium diseases and treatment
Although the Parisian geranium is a fairly hardy plantshe has diseases that weaken her to the point of drying her out. The Parisian geranium is subject to attack by harmful parasites that suck its sap, and the presence of these harmful insects is easily recognizable because there are sticky yellow parts on the plant that are ideal for fungal growth. 

These parasites can be controlled with specific insecticide products. In addition, during the spring or in times of frequent rains other fungi and molds can develop, an example is the rust recognizable by the brick-colored spots on the geranium leaves but which can be treated with sulfur-based products. 

It is good to choose carefully these products available in garden stores, also asking for the advice of specialized personnel.

Parisian geranium pruning

Parisian geranium pruning
There are many detailed tips on Parisian geranium and pruning that allow you to keep the plant alive and lush even in winter. Geranium pruning is good to do first of all in spring, removing excess vegetation and branches that are affected by the cold of winter. 

However, special precautions must be taken during the flowering period to keep leaf growth under control. It is necessary to eliminate the excess of branches and the too numerous buds in the same branch so that the geranium gives a long-lasting and balanced flowering in time.

When the flowers wither it is good to remove them, both to keep the plant always beautiful and colorful, and to prevent the geranium from using its energy in the maturation of the seeds. More than pruning, it is therefore a leaf removal operation. 

In the case of young plants, it is advisable to remove the florets to favor and stimulate lateral branching. The object used for cutting, such as scissors, should be flame disinfected to avoid infecting other parts of the geranium.