Wild geranium - Geranium

Wild geranium - Geranium

Generality

The geranium genus includes numerous species of perennials and annuals, native to Asia, Europe and North America.

Geranium plants form low bushes consisting of thin stems bearing round, more or less deeply divided, green or gray-green leaves; many species of geranium are rhizomatous and tend to expand over the years; sometimes the leaves are very fragrant. In spring and summer they produce numerous rounded flowers, white, pink or deep purple. There are numerous hybrids with variegated flowers or leaves.


Exposure

The plants of wild geranium they love luminous, partially shaded positions, especially in the hottest hours of the day, when it is better that they are not exposed to direct sunlight; the perennial species do not fear the cold, even if during the particularly harsh winters they may need a light protection. In the autumn season it is good that these plants can take advantage of a right amount of sunlight and should be placed in rather bright positions.

This genus of plants, however, loves mild climates and some varieties can't stand temperatures that are too cold or too high, showing signs of suffering.

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Watering

water regularly from March to October, allowing the soil to dry out between one watering and the other, checking that the type of soil allows for correct drainage, given that wild geranium they suffer from the formation of water stagnation which can cause root rot.

The specimens of this type easily tolerate short periods of drought; in the hottest months of the year, intensify watering, always taking care to check that stagnant water does not form. When the climate is cold, however, watering must be reduced significantly.

In the growing season, provide fertilizer for flowering plants every 10-15 days so as to have more luxuriant growth and greater flowering.


Ground

It is advisable to plant geranium in rich, loose, deep and well-drained soils to allow the plant to grow at its best; It is important to check that the soil allows the right degree of drainage as this type of plant cannot tolerate water stagnation which can cause serious damage to the health of wild geranium.

Before planting it is recommended to prepare a suitable soil, mixing universal soil with a little sand and pumice stone.


Multiplication

The multiplication of wild geranium generally takes place by dividing the rhizomatous roots and the new plants thus obtained are placed directly in the home.

In spring it is also possible to sow these plants, directly at home, the seeds of the hybrids do not always produce plants with blooms similar to those of the mother plant; if you want to obtain identical plants it is necessary to proceed with the division of the tufts.


Wild geranium - Geranium: Pests and diseases

This kind of plant is not subject to attack by parasites, but the formation of water stagnation and the consequent onset of root rot leads to the manifestation of fungal diseases, which must be countered promptly, to prevent the plants from irreparably damaged .




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