Monday, December 24, 2007

Caring for Bonsai Geraniums

How to care for geraniums

While I am not going too much in depth on the subject Geraniums I will touch basis to help you decide if the plants are for you, and if you are ready to maintain bonsai geraniums. Pelargonium is aromatic geraniums, which signify large varieties of the cultivars and clusters that are easier to grow in windows and are simple to coach, or train as the bonsai. The problem is the geraniums have several hundred species to select from, as well as the cultivars. You may want to visit stores that sell Geraniums so that you can get an idea of what the plants look like when grown as bonsai.

The species include Pelargonium nervosum, which is the lime. Lemon is the Pelargonium Crispum, while ginger is Pelargonium torento. The list continues to nutmeg (Pelargonium Fragrans, rose (Pelargonium Graveolens) strawberry (Pelargonium scabrum), gooseberry (Pelargonium grossular-ioiders), peppermint (Pelargonium tomentosum), fern-leaf (Pelargonium filicifolium) and so on. You will find a variety of geraniums, yet the small leaved plants are best suited for growing bonsai.

You can grow the large leaved plants, training them into bonsai also. The peppermint is one of the large leaved species, which overlaps the pot and hangs down about 3-feet. The lemon Geraniums grow yellowish to green leaves, which makes up the Prince Rupert group. The trees or Prince will grow brilliant toned foliages, such as yellow with patches of different color. The lemon bonsai has a lemony scent of course. Some of the trees are yellow or green and may grow oval citrus fruits, which has thick aromatic rinds and soured juice flesh. Some of the trees have gloss leaves shaped like almond and spiky branches, which bear lemons. The bonsai may not grow lemons, yet it is often used as flavoring.

Geraniums are easy to train, yet you will need to provide plenty of water and brilliant lighting to keep the plants healthy. The plants are ideal for training as bonsai, yet you will need to trim the plants as needed to maintain shape. You can also re-grow the bonsai after trimming. The results will show in just a few weeks if you trim the plant properly. Refer to your manual and follow the instructions. You can use heavy fertilizer to slow aged yellowing leaves. You can use the leaves from the bonsai plant once you have removed them as recommended to prepare potpourri.

Geraniums require root boundaries to grow flowers; therefore do not remove the plants from the pot frequently. You can remove them periodically however.

How to start growing Geraniums:
Most Geraniums grow from cuttings. You may find a few species that allow growth from seeds however. The Geraniums propagate quicker when grown from cutting, which will also make them easiest to maintain.

Geraniums are grown as bonsai plants. The plants often grow bright colored flowers. The flowers are popular grown as garden plants, which some have large and small rounded leaves. The Germaniums grow pink, white, bright red flowers, etc, which the flowers sometimes have tall stalks. Few plants are shaped like saucers, or the flowers are, which the leaves divide. Robert and Cranesbills is a type of Germanium. Few Germaniums have bright red colors, which tinges of orange, and are similar to the scarlet Geraniums.

Now that you have an ideal what is involved with growing Geraniums, you may want to learn more about training herbal bonsai. The plants often come with instructions, providing you purchase them in nurseries, supermarkets, etc. Otherwise, you may need additional research and information to help you keep your plants growing healthy.

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