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The Pelargonium Plant: A Complete Guide and Care Tips
As a garden blogger, I have seen many plants come and go, but there is one that has always held a special place in my heart: the pelargonium plant.
This beautiful flowering plant is often confused with its cousin, the geranium plant, but they are actually two different species.
What is a Pelargonium Plant?
A pelargonium plant is a member of the family Geraniaceae and originates from South Africa.
It has thick stems that grow upright or trail across the ground, depending on the variety.
The leaves are semi-succulent and come in various shapes such as round or lobed.
The flowers of pelargonium plants come in an array of colors including pink, red, white, purple, and orange.
They bloom throughout spring and summer but can continue to flower sporadically throughout autumn if cared for properly.
Pelargonium vs Geranium: What’s the Difference?
Pelargoniums are often referred to as geraniums due to their similar appearance which can be confusing for some gardeners.
However; there are distinct differences between these two plants:
- Foliage: Pelargoniums have thicker leaves than geraniums which gives them a more succulent appearance
- Growth Habit: Pelagonriums typically have fibrous roots whereas geraniums have thickened rootstocks called rhizomes
- Blooms: Depending on their species; both pelargionums & geranimum can produce single-coloured flowers or patterns but where as Pelargionum blooms comes in variaties like double, semi-double and geraniums come in single blooms only
How to Care for Pelargonium Plants?
Now that we know what a pelargonium plant is, let’s talk about how to care for them.
These plants are relatively easy to care for and can thrive both indoors and outdoors.
Pelargonium plants require plenty of sunlight in order to bloom at their best.
They should be placed in a sunny spot with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
During the summer months when it’s hot; pelargionum may require watering twice daily or more frequently if it feels dry after touching the surface
To encourage flowering; feed your pelargonium plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during their growing season (Spring through Summer).
The Benefits of Pelargonium Plants
Pelagonriums have been used throughout history as traditional medicine due to its antibacterial properties.
The essential oil extracted from various species has shown promise in treating respiratory problems like bronchitis & sinus congestion along with other ailments such as wound healing.
In conclusion, pelargonium plants are beautiful additions to any garden or indoor space.
By following these simple care tips you can help your pelargionum flourish all year long! Remember- they Prefer full sun light for most part of the day, Regular watering keeping soil moist but not soggy & Liquid Ration for motivating flowering!