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.

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 he

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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