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Geranium farreri

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitTufted
  • Flower ColourPale pink
  • Leaf ColourMedium green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Geranium farreri. This species is a dwarf tufted perennial it has upright red stems 12cm high and kidney-shaped leaves with up to 7 deeply cut lobes. The flowers are pale pink or lilac with black anthers are borne in mid-summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

W. China

Interest and use

Rock garden

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy. Most species will prefer sun, but some do better in the shade. They will grow in any but waterlogged soil. Outdoors, grow larger species and hybrids in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Grow small species and hybrids in humus-rich, sharply drained soil in full sun. Under glass, grow half hardy species in loam-based potting compost with added sharp sand, in bright filtered light. During the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Water sparingly in winter.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, or by seeds or division in the autumn or spring. The cultivars should be propagated by division or cuttings only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Vine weevil, slugs and mildew may be problematic.

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