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Old 06-06-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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I do not meant to fill this forum with geraniums-related questions, but being the novice that I am and now bent on having a few nice pots with thriving geraniums (due to a recent cross-country relocation), I have yet another question, this time about "crowding"/"closely planting" these plants.

I read that geraniums should be planted 6-12 inches apart, not too crowded, so that they can grow and get plenty of air and light through.

Yet, I noticed that many stores sell geraniums in large round pots that seem to contain not one but three geranium plants planted very closely. When you buy them from the nursery, they are full of blooms from all three plants; but once those store blooms are gone, the plants don't seem to bloom with those big round balls of flowers anymore, at least not as they were initially in the store.

Then what about the crowding? It seems to me that when crowded, geraniums have more blooms to offer and show better. But the theory says "don't do it". Can one single plant yield lots of close blooms with proper care?

What should I do to obtain that "crowded blooms" effect that is so appealing to the eye? After all, lots of large, lush blooms, one next to the other, is the only reason I even bother.

Thank you again for any insight!
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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My best guess is that with so many plants crowded together, they are not only becoming root bound quicker but also using up the nutrients in the soil faster. With annuals, the garden centers aren't going for long term looks anyway. That's why they're not following the usual directions of planting distances.

With houseplants in containers, you usually need to go up a pot size every year, plus you should fertilize at least once or twice as well. That might do the trick in terms of getting blooms again. If not, then I would try planting different varieties of plants together to get that fuller look.
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