Geranium


 

Common name: Cranesbill


Geranium or Cranesbill as it is correctly known, is an excellent hardy ground cover plant that is also well suited for container planting.

They also do quite well in a partially shaded site.


As the flowers fade, cut back the flowering stems to just below the foliage to encourage a second flush of flowers.

Cranesbill in the Border
Cranesbill flowerhead

Tall growing species may need the support of twiggy sticks, particularly in exposed or shady sites.


Cultivation


Week 4:


Sow seed in trays of seed compost 21°C (70°F)

Germination should take five or six days.


Week 6:


When seedlings are large enough to handle prick out 75mm (3”) pots and grow on in a minimum temperature of 10°C (50°F)


Week 12:


Place in frost free cold frame until planting out time.


Week 18:


Feed monthly with a balanced liquid fertiliser to boost performance.


Week 27:


In late summer, mildew (small white patches on the foliage) can be a problem.

Routine spraying with a recommended systemic fungicide will help.


Week 35:


Plant 500mm (18") apart out in fairly dry soils in a sunny site between now and April.


Week 36:


Divide established plants between now and April, re-plant immediately.

Established plants can be divided and rplanted now.


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