The range features single, semi-doubled and fully doubled flowers that range from deep burgundy to baby pink and white. The genus Pelargonium is native to South Africa, however an extraordinary amount of breeding work over the decades has hybridised them to astonishing standards. These much-loved plants are trailing varieties that suit containers or in frost-free gardens as a ground cover.
Ivy-leaf Pelargoniums love compost-enriched, free draining soil. They’re ideal in patio pots, hanging baskets and window boxes and work really well in mixed plantings. Trail them over retaining walls or use as a ground cover. Avoid frost though!
Relatively drought tolerant plants that prefer moist soil but will handle short periods without irrigation. Increase water during flowering season (spring to autumn) and especially in the heat of summer.
Feed them with a small amount of a general purpose controlled release fertiliser in spring and autumn.
Trim off old stems and shape plant if desired. You could also nip off spent flower stems. Not much to do really!
Pests and Diseases
There are a few of the expected bugs that can be attracted to these plants such as aphids or mealy bug. These are easy to control, so see your specialist nursery retailer for advice on the right product. Watch out for the fungal disease Botrytis, which can reside under old leaves, attacking new growth. Simply remove offending stems and don’t over-water the plants.
You can print this information by opening the information sheet attached below.
|Tolerances||Salt Tolerant (Coastal), Drought Tolerant|
|Position||Full Sun, Full Sun/Part Shade|
|Use||Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket, Pots & Tubs|
Information Sheet - Pelargonium Ivy
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