Geranium Seeds, PERENNIAL Flowers
These attractive lavender blooms of Wild Geranium are among the most widely known of all the spring wildflowers. Unlike many other spring bloomers, it keeps its attractive foliage all season long. Although it is typically found in shady dry to medium soils, Geranium maculatum will also grow in medium-moist soil in full sun.
Wild Geranium or Wild Cranesbill is a lovely native woodland edge perennial plant. With a profusion of purple to lilac flowers blooming for a month in late spring. it prefers full sun or dappled shade that is found under large deciduous trees in open woodland and will happily naturalize there. It takes little or no maintenance once established and in most cases no additional water. It does like a moist soil for best results but will tolerated drier soils. If the soil goes very dry it will go dormant until the following spring. Ideal for woodland edges or naturalizing in a woodland area. Deer might eat it, some people have no trouble others find they eat it. Depends on how hungry the deer are. May need protection if you have a high deer problem. Easy to grow and no trouble afterwards, although it will spread it never becomes invasive.
Blooms: Early to Mid-Summer
Light: Full Sun to Full Shade
Height: 1' - 2'
Soil: Sand to Clay
Water: Dry to Medium
Indoors: Cold, moist stratification. Start at least 5 weeks before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F) range. Mix the seed with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Put this in a labelled, sealed plastic bag and store in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day. Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 0.32 cm (1/8 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy and very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall or more, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.
Outdoors: Plant seed 3 mm (1/8 inch) deep in a prepared seed bed in late fall so that the seed overwinters and germinates naturally in spring.
Outdoors Alternative: In late fall through to mid-winter fill plastic pots with a slightly moistened, sterile, soil-less growing mix. Plant seed 3 mm (1/8 inch) deep in pots and label the pots. Place them outdoors in an area where they will experience the snow and cold of winter. The seed will germinate in the pots in spring as the weather warms up. Be sure to water the pots regularly in spring and once the plants are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant them into your garden.