Alan’s job of the month

Sow­ing pelargo­ni­ums

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Pelargo­ni­ums, with their bril­liant flow­ers and at­trac­tive fo­liage, have been a firm fix­ture in my green­house ever since I was a boy. The sin­gle­flow­ered va­ri­eties will bloom all year round if kept in bright light on a sunny win­dowsill or a frost-free green­house. Some have won­der­ful leaf var­ie­ga­tions; oth­ers have scented fo­liage which is of­ten at­trac­tively fil­i­gree. Most pelargo­ni­ums are prop­a­gated from cut­tings, but bright-flow­ered hy­brids can be grown from seed sown now. This early sow­ing will en­sure they are of flow­er­ing size by early sum­mer and from then on they, too, can be in­creased from cut­tings. As bed­ding plants, or just as pot plants, they rep­re­sent re­ally good value for money, pro­vided you can give them the mod­icum of heat they need to get them through the chilly win­ter months. Ger­mi­na­tion is usu­ally 100% so a packet of seed will go a long way


‘Ar­dens’ Del­i­cate-look­ing flow­ers that are a vivid scar­let ‘Frank Headley’ Var­ie­gated leaves and pink sin­gle flow­ers ‘Grave­olens’ Fin­gered, rose-scented leaves ‘Lady Ply­mouth’ Fin­gered leaves and a pep­per­mint scent ‘Verona’ Acid-yel­low leaves and light pink flow­ers

Sin­gle-flow­ered va­ri­eties will bloom all year in a frost-free green­house

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