Geranium

Pelargonium crispum ‘Variegatum’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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Geranium (Pelargonium crispum ‘Variegatum’)
pel-ar-GO-nee-um KRIS-pum
Synonyms:  'Variegated Prince Rupert'
Genus:  Pelargonium
This lemon-scented, shrubby, upright pelargonium has cream-margined leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  P. crispum cultivars are good for topiary because of their small, dense foliage.
Care:  Scented geraniums do not tolerate poor drainage. In a container, ensure drainage and adequate moisture by using a good potting mix that contains ingredients like peat moss, pasteurized compost, and perlite. Use a timed-released fertilizer in the soil or an all-purpose liquid fertilizer when you water. Pelargoniums like magnesium, and a teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) added to each gallon of fertilizer solution every few waterings will adequately supply this nutrient. As with plants in the ground, place containers in the full sun. When temperatures get above 90°F pelargoniums appreciate some afternoon shade. Bring potted plants indoors before outdoor temperatures drop below 45°F, to avoid shocking them. Place them in a south-facing windowsill that gets at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 70°F in late winter and early spring, or take softwood cuttings in spring, late summer, or early fall.
Problems:  Thrips, spider mites, mealy bugs, caterpillars, gray mold, mildew, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, and edema are common problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
Less than 6 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual,
Topiary
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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