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Wild geranium
Wild geranium
Wild geranium
Wild geranium
Wild geranium
Wild geranium
Geranium maculatum
Also known as : Wild crane's-bill, Alum root
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Spring, Summer
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Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.
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What is the best way to water my Wild geranium?
When watering the Wild geranium, you should aim to use filtered water that is at room temperature. Filtered water is better for this plant, as tap water can contain particles that are harmful to its health. The reason that the water should be at room temperature or slightly warmer is that the Wild geranium comes from a warm environment, and cold water can be somewhat of a shock to its system. Also, you should avoid overhead watering for this plant, as it can cause foliage complications. Instead, simply apply your filtered room temperature water to the soil until the soil is entirely soaked. Soaking the soil can be very beneficial for this plant as it moistens the roots and helps them continue to spread through the soil and collect the nutrients they need.
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What should I do if I water my Wild geranium too much or too little?
Both overwatering and underwatering will be detrimental to the health of your Wild geranium, but overwatering is a far more common issue. When this species receives too much water, its stems and leaves may begin to wilt and turn from green to yellow. Overwatering over a prolonged period may also lead to diseases such as root rot, mold, and mildew, all of which can kill your plant. Underwatering is far less common for the Wild geranium, as this plant has decent drought tolerance. However, underwatering remains a possibility, and when it occurs, you can expect to find that the leaves of your Wild geranium have become brittle and brown. It is crucial that you notice the signs of overwatering as soon as possible when caring for your Wild geranium. Some of the diseases that arise from overwatering, such as root rot, may not be correctable if you wait too long. If you see early signs of overwatering, you should reduce your watering schedule immediately. You may also want to assess the quality of soil in which your Wild geranium grows. If you find that the soil drains very poorly, you should replace it immediately with a loose, well-draining potting mix. On the other hand, if you find signs that your Wild geranium is receiving too little water, all you need to do is water more regularly until those signs have subsided.
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How often should I water my Wild geranium?
If your plant is in a pot. The most precise way to decide whether your Wild geranium needs water is to plunge your finger into the soil. If you notice that the first two to three inches of soil have become dry, it is time to add some water. If you grow your Wild geranium outdoors in the ground, you can use a similar method to test the soil. Again, when you find that the first few inches of soil have dried out, it is time to add water. During the spring and early fall, this method will often lead you to water this plant about once every week. When extremely hot weather arrives, you may need to increase your watering frequency to about twice or more per week. With that said, mature, well-established the Wild geranium can show an admirable ability to withstand drought.
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How much water does my Wild geranium need?
When it comes time to water your Wild geranium, you should not be shy about how much water you give. With the first two to three inches of soil dry, this plant will appreciate a long and thorough watering. Supply enough water to soak the soil entirely. The amount of water you add should be enough to cause excess water to flow through the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot. If you don’t see excess water draining from the pot, you have likely underwatered your plant. But do not let the water accumulate inside the soil, which will be very dangerous to the plant as well. Alternatively, a lack of water draining through the pot could indicate poorly draining soils, which is detrimental to the health of this plant and should be avoided. If the plant is outside, 1 inch of rain per week will be sufficient.
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How should I water my Wild geranium at different growth stages?
The water needs of the Wild geranium can change depending on growth stages as well. For example, when your Wild geranium is in the first few years of its life, or if you have just transplanted it to a new growing location, you will need to give more water than usual. During both of those stages, your Wild geranium will put a lot of energy towards sprouting new roots that will then support future growth. For those roots to perform their best, they need a bit more moisture than they would at a more mature phase. After a few seasons, your Wild geranium will need much less water. Another growth stage in which this plant may need more water is during the bloom period. Flower development can make use of a significant amount of moisture, which is why you might need to give your Wild geranium more water at this time.
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How should I water my Wild geranium through the seasons?
The Wild geranium will have its highest water needs during the hottest months of the year. During the height of summer, you may need to give this plant water more than once per week, depending on how fast the soil dries out. The opposite is true during the winter. In winter, your plant will enter a dormant phase, in which it will need far less water than usual. In fact, you may not need to water this plant at all during the winter months. However, if you do water during winter, you should not do so more than about once per month. Watering too much at this time will make it more likely that your Wild geranium will contract a disease.
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What's the difference between watering my Wild geranium indoors and outdoors?
It is most common to grow the Wild geranium indoors for any gardener that does not live in temperate and tropical regions. Those gardeners should consider the fact that soil in a container can dry out a bit faster than ground soil. Also, the presence of drying elements such as air conditioning units can cause your Wild geranium to need water on a more frequent basis as well. if you planted it outside. When that is the case, it’s likely you won’t need to water your Wild geranium very much at all. If you receive rainfall on a regular basis, that may be enough to keep your plant alive. Alternatively, those who grow this plant inside will need to water it more often, as allowing rainwater to soak the soil will not be an option.
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Attributes of Wild geranium

Lifespan
Perennial, Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer
Harvest Time
Spring, Summer
Plant Height
60 cm
Spread
30 cm to 60 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm to 4 cm
Flower Color
Pink
Purple
White
Stem Color
Green
Pink
Red
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring, Summer
Pollinators
Bees
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food, Larval food
Growth Rate
Rapid

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Saucer-shaped flowers in pink to lilac hues with distinctive nectar guide veins.
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Beaked seed capsules resembling a crane's bill, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
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Deeply lobed, palmate leaves with coarse-toothed margins, covered in fine hairs.
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Round stems, green to reddish in color, 0.2-0.4 inches (0.5-1 cm) thick, and hairy.
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Clump-forming habit with delicate lavender or purple flowers on 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) erect stems.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease that affects Wild geranium, causing dark spots or patches on leaves and stems. The disease, caused primarily by Alternaria, can significantly impact the plant's growth and aesthetic appeal, inhibiting flowering and potentially leading to death.
Flower withering
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Leaf beetles
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Solutions: For less serious cases: Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread. To treat more serious infestations: Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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What is Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
What is Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
Dark blotch is a fungal disease that affects Wild geranium, causing dark spots or patches on leaves and stems. The disease, caused primarily by Alternaria, can significantly impact the plant's growth and aesthetic appeal, inhibiting flowering and potentially leading to death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wild geranium infected with Dark blotch primarily exhibits dark, often circular, blotches or spots on leaves and stems. Advanced cases can display wilting or yellowing leaves. The disease can also inhibit the plant's flowering process.
What Causes Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
What Causes Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
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Alternaria Fungi
These fungi are the primary cause of Dark blotch. They are airborne pathogens that exploit weak spots in the plant, leading to infestation and disease.
How to Treat Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
How to Treat Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
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Removal and disposal: Gently remove any infected parts of Wild geranium and dispose of safely to limit spread of the disease.

Improve air circulation: Ensure adequate spacing between plants and prune where necessary to improve air circulation, reducing damp conditions that favor fungal growth.
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Use fungicides: Apply suitable fungicides that target Alternaria fungi. Always follow the product's application guidelines.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
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Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Overview
Overview
Leaf beetles range in size from 1.5 mm to 2 cm. Both adult beetles and their larvae eat the leaves of many different types of plants. There are over 35,000 different species of leaf beetles, in a variety of colors including gold, green, yellow-striped, and red striped. Some of these have been mistaken for ladybirds because of their shape and coloring. They can be oval, round, or elongated in shape. These insect pests are most active in spring and summer.
If not controlled, leaf beetles can do a lot of damage to vegetable crops and ornamental plants. They feed on the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits of different plants. They can fly, which means it's easy for them to move from one plant to another. Some species of leaf beetles only target one specific crop, while others will target many different types of plants. Although a lot of the damage that they cause is cosmetic, an infestation can weaken a plant and leave it prone to other more problematic diseases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first signs of a leaf beetles infestation are small visible holes in leaves. Leaves then become discolored and dark beetle droppings can be seen. As the leaves turn yellow and brown, they will drop off the plant onto the ground. Some leaves will appear skeletonized with only the veins still remaining.
Infestation begins in spring, when the adult beetles emerge from the soil and lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. When these eggs hatch, the young nymphs start munching on the leaves as they grow up. Once leaf beetles are large and mature, they'll fall to the ground and pupate in the soil over winter before starting the cycle all over again.
Leaf beetles also eat holes in fruits and vegetables. These can be seen as small round holes that sometimes have a larger brown area surrounding them.
Solutions
Solutions
For less serious cases:
  1. Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread.
To treat more serious infestations:
  1. Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions.
  2. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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Distribution of Wild geranium

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Woodlands, thickets, meadows, wet places in woods, wet rocks and in swamps
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Lighting
Full sun
Wild geranium thrives under the generous illumination delivered by the sun for the majority of the day. It also adapts to lower light levels, experiencing fewer hours of sunshine, while maintaining healthy growth. Both under- and over-exposure to sunlight could potentially stress the plant, altering its vigour and visual appeal. Its native habitats display this diverse light spectrum.
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Transplant
12-24 inches
Transplant wild geranium during the golden period of mid to late summer for optimal growth. Choose a location with well-draining soil and partial shade. Remember to provide ample moisture and space for this lovely Annual/Perennial to flourish. Happy transplanting!
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Temperature
0 - 38 ℃
Wild geranium is native to temperate regions, flourishing in a temperature range of 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). To ensure healthy growth, it's necessary to adjust nighttime temperatures lower during winter months.
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Pruning
Spring, Summer
A perennial herbaceous plant recognized for its showy pinkish-purple flowers, wild geranium benefits from deadheading to promote continued blooming and prevent self-seeding. Trim back the foliage after flowering to maintain a compact shape and rejuvenate growth. The best time to prune is in early spring before new growth starts or just after the last blooms fade in late summer. Pruning enhances the plant’s vigor and reduces the risk of disease by improving air circulation.
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Propagation
Spring
Wild geranium propagates effectively through sowing during the ideal Spring season. It has a moderate propagation difficulty. Success is indicated by healthy, emerging seedlings. Maintain moisture and well-draining soil for optimal results.
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Pollination
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The enchanting wild geranium has a fascinating pollination process. Primarily sought after by diligent bees, wild geranium adopts an intriguing mechanism for cross-pollination. This mechanism primarily involves a strategic flower arrangement and specific pollen placement to encourage pollinators. The flowers exude a captivating scent and showcase vivid colours to entice these vital helpers. Wild geranium's magical pollination dance typically occurs around mid-spring, ensuring a bright display of petals throughout the warmer seasons. Remember, each small act of pollination contributes largely to the perpetuation of these incredible plants!
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Best Time to Buy
Early spring, Mid spring
Ideal to buy in early-to-mid spring, wild geranium is a low-maintenance plant with a moderate growth rate. Unique for its attractive foliage and pink-purple flowers, a fresh look and robust growth are signs of health. When purchasing, vibrant colors and firm stems with abundant buds indicate a well-nurtured specimen.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease that affects Wild geranium, causing dark spots or patches on leaves and stems. The disease, caused primarily by Alternaria, can significantly impact the plant's growth and aesthetic appeal, inhibiting flowering and potentially leading to death.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease affecting Wild geranium, causing premature withering and potential branch death, significantly impacting plant vitality and aesthetics.
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Plant dried up
Plant dried up' is a condition affecting Wild geranium, leading to dehydration, wilted growth and eventual death if ignored. This replenishable disease is primarily triggered by environmental factors, significantly impacting the plant's development and aesthetics.
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Leaf spot
Leaf spot is a common fungal disease affecting the Wild geranium, leading to cosmetic damage and potential plant death. The disease is primarily caused by fungal pathogens, notably Cercospora geranii, and manifests in symptoms such as yellowing and browning of leaves, which may eventually drop off.
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Spots
Spots disease affects Wild geranium causing discoloration, tissue damage, and potential decline in vigor. It's crucial to identify and treat early to prevent spread and significant damage.
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Dark spots
Dark spots on Wild geranium are a common disease affecting this plant's leaves and stems, causing aesthetic damage and potentially reducing vigor. This disease often surfaces in environments conducive to fungal and bacterial growth.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a common fungal disease that detrimentally affects Wild geranium. It causes severe dehydration, wilted, and discolored foliage that eventually leads to early fall. The condition is highly infectious but with non-lethal implications.
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Notch
Notch disease in 'Wild geranium' causes leaf and stem deformities impeding photosynthesis and growth. Identifying and managing this disease are paramount for maintaining healthy plants.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering is a widespread disease notably affecting Wild geranium. It triggers rapid leaf desiccation, deteriorating overall plant health and performance. The disease is caused by drought conditions and infection from specific pathogens.
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Leaf drooping
Leaf drooping in Wild geranium is a condition that results in the sagging or wilting of leaves, which can eventually affect the plant's overall health and blooming capability. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, treatments, and preventive measures for this condition.
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Whole plant withering
Whole plant withering is a disease affecting Wild geranium, causing widespread damage leading to potential plant death. It disrupts vital physiological processes and markedly decreases aesthetic and ecological value.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing in Wild geranium is a common symptom indicating potential physiological stress or disease, affecting the aesthetics and health of the plant.
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Flower wilting
Flower wilting is a pathogenic disease that causes a weakening of Wild geranium leading to drooping or drying of its flowers. Prolonged wilting can cause severe damage and stunt the plant's growth, reducing its overall vitality and ornamental value.
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Black mold
Black mold is a fungal disease affecting Wild geranium by covering leaves and stems with black sooty spots. It significantly restricts photosynthesis, leading to stunted growth, leaf drop, and eventual plant death if untreated.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a fungal disease impacting Wild geranium, leading to premature foliage loss and branch death, potentially stunting growth and reducing the plant's vitality.
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Wounds
Wounds in Wild geranium commonly result from physical damage or pest activity, leading to tissue necrosis and vulnerability to secondary infections. These wounds can weaken the plant and affect its aesthetic value.
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Brown blotch yellow edge
Brown spot is a common disease affecting Wild geranium, causing browning and eventual death of the plant's leaf tissues. Though it will not kill the plant outright, the disease can significantly hinder its growth and reproduction if not effectively managed.
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Flower withering
Flower withering is a disease affecting Wild geranium, leading to premature blossom drop, decreased flowering, and stunted growth. The disease, caused by specific pathogens and unfavorable conditions, can significantly impact the plant's health and aesthetic value.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering in Wild geranium is a condition resulting in the drying and death of the distal parts of the leaves. It compromises the plant's vitality by reducing photosynthesis and can signify a more systemic problem.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting is a disease affecting Wild geranium caused by different factors including fungi, bacteria, or environmental conditions. It wilts and discolors the plant's foliage, sometimes ultimately leading to the plant's death, if untreated.
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Mealybug
Mealybug is a pest that infests Wild geranium, causing stunted growth and discoloration. The plant can become weakened and less visually appealing. Effective management is essential for the health of Wild geranium.
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Leaf white mold
Leaf white mold is a fungal disease impacting Wild geranium, leading to discoloration, wilting, and potential plant death. It is prevalent in humid conditions and can spread rapidly if not controlled.
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Wilting
Wilting is a serious disease that affects the Wild geranium, causing it to lose vigor, wither, and eventually die. It's marked by the gradual loss of turgidity, triggering noticeable drooping and sagging, and often correlated with overwatering, under-watering, or pathogenic influence.
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Lack of fertilizer
Lack of Fertilizer disease represents a nutritional deficit in Geranium maculatum, leading to stunted growth, pale leaves and reduced flowering. This condition is entirely preventable and treatable, with timely diagnosis playing a crucial part.
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Yellow edges
Yellow edges disease primarily affects Wild geranium, causing yellowing and weakening of their foliage. This condition stems from a combination of nutrient deficiencies and improper environmental conditions, significantly impairing the plant's aesthetic and health.
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Feng shui direction
North
Wild geranium conformably intermingles with North-facing environments. This might be attributed to the plant's vibrational quality, an essential component of Feng Shui philosophy, connecting harmoniously with the nourishing and revitalising energies associated with North. Yet, individual experiences with wild geranium and North alignment may vary, manifesting the subjective nature of Feng Shui.
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Gentility, calmness
Wild geraniums symbolize gentility and calmness.,They are native to North America and are often found in woodlands and meadows.,Wild geraniums are ideal for adding a touch of natural beauty to shaded gardens.
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Fiddle-leaf fig
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Money tree
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Golden pothos
The golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a popular houseplant that is commonly seen in Australia, Asia, and the West Indies. It goes by many nicknames, including "devil's ivy", because it is so hard to kill and can even grow in low light conditions. Golden pothos has poisonous sap, so it should be kept away from pets and children.
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Geranium maculatum
Also known as: Wild crane's-bill, Alum root
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Attributes of Wild geranium

Lifespan
Perennial, Annual
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Herb
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Spring, Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer
Harvest Time
Spring, Summer
Plant Height
60 cm
Spread
30 cm to 60 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm to 4 cm
Flower Color
Pink
Purple
White
Stem Color
Green
Pink
Red
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
20 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring, Summer
Pollinators
Bees
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food, Larval food
Growth Rate
Rapid
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Saucer-shaped flowers in pink to lilac hues with distinctive nectar guide veins.
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Beaked seed capsules resembling a crane's bill, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
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Deeply lobed, palmate leaves with coarse-toothed margins, covered in fine hairs.
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Round stems, green to reddish in color, 0.2-0.4 inches (0.5-1 cm) thick, and hairy.
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Clump-forming habit with delicate lavender or purple flowers on 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) erect stems.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease that affects Wild geranium, causing dark spots or patches on leaves and stems. The disease, caused primarily by Alternaria, can significantly impact the plant's growth and aesthetic appeal, inhibiting flowering and potentially leading to death.
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Flower withering
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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Aged yellow and dry
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Leaf beetles
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Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Solutions: For less serious cases: Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread. To treat more serious infestations: Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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What is Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
What is Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
Dark blotch is a fungal disease that affects Wild geranium, causing dark spots or patches on leaves and stems. The disease, caused primarily by Alternaria, can significantly impact the plant's growth and aesthetic appeal, inhibiting flowering and potentially leading to death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wild geranium infected with Dark blotch primarily exhibits dark, often circular, blotches or spots on leaves and stems. Advanced cases can display wilting or yellowing leaves. The disease can also inhibit the plant's flowering process.
What Causes Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
What Causes Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
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Alternaria Fungi
These fungi are the primary cause of Dark blotch. They are airborne pathogens that exploit weak spots in the plant, leading to infestation and disease.
How to Treat Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
How to Treat Dark blotch Disease on Wild geranium?
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Removal and disposal: Gently remove any infected parts of Wild geranium and dispose of safely to limit spread of the disease.

Improve air circulation: Ensure adequate spacing between plants and prune where necessary to improve air circulation, reducing damp conditions that favor fungal growth.
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Use fungicides: Apply suitable fungicides that target Alternaria fungi. Always follow the product's application guidelines.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Overview
Overview
Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
Solutions
Solutions
If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface.
In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well.
If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Prevention
Prevention
This is definitely one of those instances where prevention is more effective than cure. Here are some preventative measures for avoiding premature flower withering.
  • Water plants according to their needs -- either keep the soil slightly moist or allow the top inch or two to dry out before watering again.
  • Fertilize lightly on a consistent basis, depending upon the plant’s growth. Quick-growing plants and those that flower or develop fruit will need more frequent fertilizing than slow-growing plants.
  • Purchase plants that are certified disease- or pathogen-free.
  • Look for disease-resistant cultivars.
  • Isolate plants showing disease symptoms to prevent the spread to neighboring plants.
  • Practice good plant hygiene by removing any fallen plant material as soon as possible.
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Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
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Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
Solutions
Solutions
If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Prevention
Prevention
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent plants from dying of “old age.” To help prolong their life, and put off symptoms of aged yellow and dry for as long as possible, take care of them by giving them enough water, fertilizing them appropriately, and making sure they get enough sunlight.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Overview
Overview
Leaf beetles range in size from 1.5 mm to 2 cm. Both adult beetles and their larvae eat the leaves of many different types of plants. There are over 35,000 different species of leaf beetles, in a variety of colors including gold, green, yellow-striped, and red striped. Some of these have been mistaken for ladybirds because of their shape and coloring. They can be oval, round, or elongated in shape. These insect pests are most active in spring and summer.
If not controlled, leaf beetles can do a lot of damage to vegetable crops and ornamental plants. They feed on the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits of different plants. They can fly, which means it's easy for them to move from one plant to another. Some species of leaf beetles only target one specific crop, while others will target many different types of plants. Although a lot of the damage that they cause is cosmetic, an infestation can weaken a plant and leave it prone to other more problematic diseases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first signs of a leaf beetles infestation are small visible holes in leaves. Leaves then become discolored and dark beetle droppings can be seen. As the leaves turn yellow and brown, they will drop off the plant onto the ground. Some leaves will appear skeletonized with only the veins still remaining.
Infestation begins in spring, when the adult beetles emerge from the soil and lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. When these eggs hatch, the young nymphs start munching on the leaves as they grow up. Once leaf beetles are large and mature, they'll fall to the ground and pupate in the soil over winter before starting the cycle all over again.
Leaf beetles also eat holes in fruits and vegetables. These can be seen as small round holes that sometimes have a larger brown area surrounding them.
Solutions
Solutions
For less serious cases:
  1. Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread.
To treat more serious infestations:
  1. Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions.
  2. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
Prevention
Prevention
To prevent infestations of leaf beetles, follow these practices.
  1. Regularly check for beetles. To prevent large pest infestations, be proactive about frequently checking plants for pests and removing them quickly.
  2. Clear debris. Clear weeds and debris to remove areas where these beetles may overwinter and hide.
  3. Attract natural predators. Birds and other insects, such as wasps and ladybugs, are effective natural predators of leaf beetles. Encourage them to visit by including a diverse array of plants to provide habitat and food. Also, avoid applying broad-spectrum herbicides that can harm and kill beneficial insects.
  4. Plant aromatic herbs like mint, garlic, or rosemary, as these can repel leaf beetles.
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Woodlands, thickets, meadows, wet places in woods, wet rocks and in swamps
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease that affects Wild geranium, causing dark spots or patches on leaves and stems. The disease, caused primarily by Alternaria, can significantly impact the plant's growth and aesthetic appeal, inhibiting flowering and potentially leading to death.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease affecting Wild geranium, causing premature withering and potential branch death, significantly impacting plant vitality and aesthetics.
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Plant dried up
Plant dried up' is a condition affecting Wild geranium, leading to dehydration, wilted growth and eventual death if ignored. This replenishable disease is primarily triggered by environmental factors, significantly impacting the plant's development and aesthetics.
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Leaf spot
Leaf spot is a common fungal disease affecting the Wild geranium, leading to cosmetic damage and potential plant death. The disease is primarily caused by fungal pathogens, notably Cercospora geranii, and manifests in symptoms such as yellowing and browning of leaves, which may eventually drop off.
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Spots
Spots disease affects Wild geranium causing discoloration, tissue damage, and potential decline in vigor. It's crucial to identify and treat early to prevent spread and significant damage.
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Dark spots
Dark spots on Wild geranium are a common disease affecting this plant's leaves and stems, causing aesthetic damage and potentially reducing vigor. This disease often surfaces in environments conducive to fungal and bacterial growth.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a common fungal disease that detrimentally affects Wild geranium. It causes severe dehydration, wilted, and discolored foliage that eventually leads to early fall. The condition is highly infectious but with non-lethal implications.
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Notch
Notch disease in 'Wild geranium' causes leaf and stem deformities impeding photosynthesis and growth. Identifying and managing this disease are paramount for maintaining healthy plants.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering is a widespread disease notably affecting Wild geranium. It triggers rapid leaf desiccation, deteriorating overall plant health and performance. The disease is caused by drought conditions and infection from specific pathogens.
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Leaf drooping
Leaf drooping in Wild geranium is a condition that results in the sagging or wilting of leaves, which can eventually affect the plant's overall health and blooming capability. This guide covers the causes, symptoms, treatments, and preventive measures for this condition.
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Whole plant withering
Whole plant withering is a disease affecting Wild geranium, causing widespread damage leading to potential plant death. It disrupts vital physiological processes and markedly decreases aesthetic and ecological value.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing in Wild geranium is a common symptom indicating potential physiological stress or disease, affecting the aesthetics and health of the plant.
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Flower wilting
Flower wilting is a pathogenic disease that causes a weakening of Wild geranium leading to drooping or drying of its flowers. Prolonged wilting can cause severe damage and stunt the plant's growth, reducing its overall vitality and ornamental value.
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Black mold
Black mold is a fungal disease affecting Wild geranium by covering leaves and stems with black sooty spots. It significantly restricts photosynthesis, leading to stunted growth, leaf drop, and eventual plant death if untreated.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a fungal disease impacting Wild geranium, leading to premature foliage loss and branch death, potentially stunting growth and reducing the plant's vitality.
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Wounds
Wounds in Wild geranium commonly result from physical damage or pest activity, leading to tissue necrosis and vulnerability to secondary infections. These wounds can weaken the plant and affect its aesthetic value.
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Brown blotch yellow edge
Brown spot is a common disease affecting Wild geranium, causing browning and eventual death of the plant's leaf tissues. Though it will not kill the plant outright, the disease can significantly hinder its growth and reproduction if not effectively managed.
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Flower withering
Flower withering is a disease affecting Wild geranium, leading to premature blossom drop, decreased flowering, and stunted growth. The disease, caused by specific pathogens and unfavorable conditions, can significantly impact the plant's health and aesthetic value.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering in Wild geranium is a condition resulting in the drying and death of the distal parts of the leaves. It compromises the plant's vitality by reducing photosynthesis and can signify a more systemic problem.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting is a disease affecting Wild geranium caused by different factors including fungi, bacteria, or environmental conditions. It wilts and discolors the plant's foliage, sometimes ultimately leading to the plant's death, if untreated.
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Mealybug
Mealybug is a pest that infests Wild geranium, causing stunted growth and discoloration. The plant can become weakened and less visually appealing. Effective management is essential for the health of Wild geranium.
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Leaf white mold
Leaf white mold is a fungal disease impacting Wild geranium, leading to discoloration, wilting, and potential plant death. It is prevalent in humid conditions and can spread rapidly if not controlled.
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Wilting
Wilting is a serious disease that affects the Wild geranium, causing it to lose vigor, wither, and eventually die. It's marked by the gradual loss of turgidity, triggering noticeable drooping and sagging, and often correlated with overwatering, under-watering, or pathogenic influence.
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Lack of fertilizer
Lack of Fertilizer disease represents a nutritional deficit in Geranium maculatum, leading to stunted growth, pale leaves and reduced flowering. This condition is entirely preventable and treatable, with timely diagnosis playing a crucial part.
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Yellow edges
Yellow edges disease primarily affects Wild geranium, causing yellowing and weakening of their foliage. This condition stems from a combination of nutrient deficiencies and improper environmental conditions, significantly impairing the plant's aesthetic and health.
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Wild geranium thrives under the generous illumination delivered by the sun for the majority of the day. It also adapts to lower light levels, experiencing fewer hours of sunshine, while maintaining healthy growth. Both under- and over-exposure to sunlight could potentially stress the plant, altering its vigour and visual appeal. Its native habitats display this diverse light spectrum.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
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Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Wild geranium thrives in full sunlight and is commonly grown outdoors where it receives ample sunlight. When placed in rooms with inadequate lighting, symptoms of light deficiency may not be readily apparent.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your wild geranium may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Wild geranium enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
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Wild geranium thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
Wild geranium is native to temperate regions, flourishing in a temperature range of 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). To ensure healthy growth, it's necessary to adjust nighttime temperatures lower during winter months.
Regional wintering strategies
Wild geranium has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Wild geranium
Wild geranium is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Wild geranium
During summer, Wild geranium should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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