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How to Care for Ivy and Geranium Flowers

    Ivy Care

    • 1). Water the ivy plant frequently so the soil remains evenly moist at all times. Inspect the top 1 inch of soil and irrigate if dry to the touch. If growing ivies in a container, select a pot with drainage holes and fill it with quality potting soil.

    • 2). Place the ivy where it receives four hours of sunlight every day. Most ivies thrive in daytime temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • 3). Feed the ivy a small amount of 15-5-15 fertilizer once in spring and fall. For indoor ivies, dilute 1 tsp. of 20-20-20 fertilizer in 1 gallon of water and feed the plant six to eight times a year.

    • 4). Prune the ivy to maintain shape and size. Clip disconnected or wayward vines that extend beyond the bed or cut the vines growing on a wall to a line pattern to prevent complete coverage that looks unattractive. Train climbing ivy to your desired shape and spread by clipping off disconnected vines.

    • 5). Spritz the ivy with water or insecticidal soapy solution to deter spider mites, aphids or other insects that feed on it.

    Geranium Care

    • 1). Water the soil when the top 2 inches feel dry. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system that provides a slow and steady supply of water, as opposed to a gush from a hose. Watering from overhead also wets foliage, thus increasing the plant's chances of contracting harmful fungal diseases. Mulch the soil around the geranium to retain moisture and keep roots cool.

    • 2). Feed growing geraniums a water-soluble fertilizer to encourage healthy flowers and growth. Dilute 2 tsp. of 20-20-20 fertilizer in a gallon of water and feed the plants.

    • 3). Remove spent flowers to prolong flowering. Also remove dead foliage and stems to maintain the appearance of the geranium plant.

    • 4). Spray horticultural oil over the plant to deter insects, and remove caterpillars by hand. Trim parts of the plant infected with disease and follow label directions for applying a sulfur spray.

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