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Pelargonium hybrids

Pelargonium x hortorum

Garden Geranium (Eng.), Zonal geranium, Malvón, Malva (Afr.)

Beautiful Pelargoniums have been selected and bred with many hybrids and cultivar names. They are waterwise, hardy perrenials worthwhile for garden plantings and popular in pots and window boxes. The 'Big' series were bread and are grown for their large balls of tight flowers, usually red, pink or white. They are the group of Pelargonium cultivars, with leaves marked with a brown annular zone.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Remove spent flowers to encourage further flowering, prune back to maintain shape in late Summer.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take soft wood cuttings in spring, late summer or early autumn, use rooting hormone to aid rooting.

Special features

Pot plant
Excellent for containers and hanging baskets, increase watering when porous containers are used!
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Geography

Origin
It is a hybrid between Pelargonium zonale and Pelargonium inquinans.
Natural climate
Temperate, Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Garden plants
Make excellent plants in flowerbeds, pots or hanging baskets.

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
Red, Pink, Purples, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to the fungal disease Botrytis, which can reside under old leaves, attacking new growth. Simply remove offending stems and don’t over-water the plants. May be attacked by aphids and mealy bug.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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