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  Planting Zones:

Zones 9-10


Full sun or 1/2 & 1/2




A vigorous, early-blooming type of garden geranium, "Pinto Red" geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum "Pinto Red") is a versatile plant at home in flower beds, borders or containers. Although "Pinto Red" geranium is usually grown as an annual, it is perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 10.


Although "Pinto Red" geranium is easy to get along with, it requires regular attention to look its best. Water the plant only when the soil feels slightly dry, and then water deeply, providing enough water to soak the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Always allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings, as geraniums may rot in soggy soil. A 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch, such as shredded bark or wood chips, helps keep the roots cool and moist. Geraniums are light feeders. For geraniums planted in the ground, sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of a balanced garden fertilizer on the soil around the plant in spring. Containerized plants require more fertilizer, as the roots aren't able to draw nutrients from the limited soil. Feed the plants every week, using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer mixed at a rate of 1 tablespoon of fertilizer for every 1 gallon of water. Check fertilizer labels, as application rates and methods vary.


Pinch the tips of a young geraniums to create a full, bushy plant, and then continue to pinch as necessary whenever the plant begins to look long and leggy. To pinch the geranium, remove the tips of new growth down to the next leaf. To ensure a continual display of lush blooms, always remove flowers as soon as they wilt. In winter, cut the plants back to within 3 or 4 inches from the ground and bring them indoors for the winter if you live in a climate with winter frost. Put the plant in your sunniest window or supplement natural light with fluorescent bulbs or grow lights. Alternatively, dig up the plant, brush off loose soil, and store the plant upside down in a cool, humid, spot where it doesn't freeze. When the weather warms in spring, trim the plant down to the point where you see green growth, and then replant the geranium.






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