Of­ten mis­taken for gera­ni­ums, pelargo­ni­ums can thrive

Pilbara News - - Property -

Gera­ni­ums may have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a “nanna” plant but the rea­son these old-fash­ioned favourites are still pop­u­lar is be­cause they are among the tough­est and most for­giv­ing free-flow­er­ing plants you can get.

There has been a lot of tweak­ing and breed­ing go­ing on in the gera­nium and pe­largo­nium world to bring out va­ri­eties that are more disease re­sis­tant and com­pact.

If you’re into “blow your eye­balls out” flow­ers, check out this pe­largo­nium, aptly named Oh So Orange. It doesn’t stop at the flow­ers, the fo­liage has deep green leaves with a con­trast­ing black ring in the cen­tre.

What most peo­ple call gera­ni­ums are ac­tu­ally pelargo­ni­ums and vice versa.

Oh So Orange is one of the zonal pelargo­ni­ums and grows to about 35cm high and wide. They will flower for months on end and thrive in hot, sunny spots in the gar­den or in pots.

Only use a slow-re­lease fer­tiliser in spring, sum­mer and autumn and cut back by a third to keep the bush com­pact and free flow­er­ing.

Gera­ni­ums and pelargo­ni­ums look great when mass-planted be­cause they flower so abun­dantly. Sim­ply fill a col­lec­tion of pots with this pe­largo­nium to cre­ate a fo­cal point in your gar­den. The only pests that at­tack them are snails and cater­pil­lars. Oh So Orange is avail­able from Daw­son’s Gar­den World plant cen­tres.

Gera­ni­ums are a tough and pop­u­lar free-flow­er­ing plant.

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