Geranium Leaves Have White Edges And Are Drying Up And There Are Few Buds

Question From: M. Frugoli - Tucson, Arizona, United States
Q: My large pot of geraniums were doing so well until about 2-3 wks ago, white edges on leaves, dried up leaves, little or no buds/flowers. I often throw the bird bath water into the pot to conserve water, I live in Tucson, AZ. Is that harmful? Could be a fungus, would a mild bleach solution rubbed into the stems/leaves be very harmful? Also, I think I may be watering too much. I love this pot of Geraniums, please advise me how to save it. Thanks

A: Too much water will do it Mary. Geraniums like to dry out a bit between waterings. Cut back all the dead stuff. Ditch the bleach idea. You may burn the plant. Give it a bit of time and then fertilize with a water soluable product such as Jack's Classic. Better yet, use a fish and kelp fertilizer from Neptune's Harvest. Unless you have been fertilizing all along and that may also be a problem. Too much fertilizer will kill a plant. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy