Pelargonium is one of the most common types of summer flowers that’s usually hung on our balcony, and it blooms from early summer to late autumn.
Types of Pelargonium
In addition to shrubs, zonal, hanging pelargoniums that are grown in pots, boxes or garden beds, there is also a pelargonium creeper that can decorate the walls of summer terraces.
This South African flower, after years of cultivation and crossing of various types of Pelargonium, today we have available different colors of the flower, from purple to more red, pink to white.
Pelargonium has scented, velvety leaves, and can have simple or full blossoms. Pelargonium shrub grows up to 90 centimeters.
How To Reproduce It
Growing these plants from seed is unprofitable in smaller quantities, so Pelargonium propagated by cuttings. The best time to reproduce the Pelargonium is August when the flowers are the brightest. Cuttings are best to transplant into a pot filled with a combination of sand and peat.
Young plants should be left in a sunny and airy place, and in spring they should be transplanted into larger pots or boxes, into the fresh ground for flowers. The ground needs good drainage due to the fact that the root of Pelargonium cannot stand a lot of moisture.
Cultivation & Care
The Pelargonium will bloom all year if it is exposed to sun and temperatures above 55 °F. Most vivid flowers are achieved by placing the plant in an airy and very sunny place, so it is, therefore, best to keep on a south-facing balcony.
This flower does not need a lot of moisture, so it should be poured only occasionally when the ground within 2 centimeters completely dry. For extreme heat, watering can be more frequent.
When watering should dampen only the ground because too much moisture on the leaves or flowers cause decay.
The Pelargonium has to be tapered from time to time, removing consumed flowers in order to encourage the birth of new ones.
Fertilizer for Pelargonium
Supplemental feeding is required in young plants and may be necessary at the time of greatest flowering, during the hot summer months. For this, use a fertilizer based on phosphorus.
Watering Pelargonium With Milk
Watering and nurturing plants with milk is used for the feeding of flowers and to protect plants from pathogens and other pests. Milk contains minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium that support the growth and flowering of plants, and they strengthen the immune system.
In addition, plants treated with milk better absorb nutrients from the soil in which they are planted.
Watering Pelargoniums once a week with a little milk will favor the growth of flowers and highlight shade of their color, but at the same time provide protection and nourishment of the plant.