July 8, 2008 | By | Comments (2)

Q: I have tried on multiple occasions to grow potted geraniums to no avail. After about a month, the leaves toward the bottom of the plant start to yellow and I end up pinching them off. The blooms remain gorgeous but the I can’t keep the foliage up. What am I doing wrong?
Thank You,
Ann Nelson

A: The Grump thinks there is nothing seriously wrong with your plants. It may be that they need a little nitrogen, so try feeding them with a liquid fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro, from time to time.


  1. Margaret Rice

    I have some gladiolas (yes, I know it is mispelled) that need to be transplanted. How do I do that? Do I do it now, let them dry out or what?
    Please help.

    September 5, 2008 at 10:14 am
  2. Grumpy

    The Grump deems it perfectly acceptable to say “gladiolas.” This word rolls off the tongue much easier than “gladioluses” or “gladioli,” so feel free to keep using it. If anyone corrects you, politely request that they get a life.
    Glads can be left in the ground over winter anywhere the ground doesn’t freeze. Elsewhere, you have to dig and store them for the winter. I would wait until the end of this month to give the leaves as much time as possible to make food for the plants. This should produce more and bigger flowers.
    If you’re going to transplant them to another spot in the garden, fall is a good time. You can trim back old, ratty foliage then. If, however, you need to dig and store them, first lift them from the ground and shake off the soil. Cut off the foliage. Then dry and store the corms by laying them on a flat surface in a cool, dark area for the winter. Plant them out the next spring. Grumpy

    September 6, 2008 at 8:00 am