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Newbie with geraniums , buds drying up, please help

Dear all,
For many years I was planting surfinias to trail from the fence panels. This year I decided to try something different. We bought geraniums on the promotion in Lidl. Planted them in beginning of April. So far it's a failure. The buds are drying up. I was watering everyday and then i read that they don't need frequentl watering so now doing it every third day. Please see the pictures and help me what's wrong with my care???:( It's south facing garden with plenty light).  
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,538
    It's been a bit chilly for geraniums (yours are actually pelargoniums).
    What has probably happened is that the bud was wet and cold when it started forming which has caused the problem. I'd snap off any flower stalks that are like that, hold back on the watering until the compost feels a bit dry and once the nights are a bit warmer start feeding every 10-14 days with tomato feed.
    They'll soon pick up
    They come from hot dry countries - they're not used to chilly UK nights.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    Do the buds open, flower and then dry up? Because they look normal to me. Cut off all the old flowers and that will promote new ones. Next time you water give them some feed suitable for flowering plants or tomatoes. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    I agree with Bijdezee, they just look like spent flowers that needs dead-heading. Remove them now and new ones will be on the way.
  • pmhessenpmhessen Posts: 2
    Thank you all. I'm a bit at ease now. Do I cut just below the head or more of the stem?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,538
    It'll snap off nicely at the base of the flower stalk
    Now the nights are warming up they'll be fine
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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