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Care of the plant Geranium incanum or Carpet cranesbill.

Care of the plant Geranium incanum or Carpet cranesbill

The genus Geranium, family Geraniaceae, includes more than 400 species of herbaceous plants native to Asia, the Mediterranean region, and North America. Some species are: Geranium incanum, Geranium sanguineum, Geranium palmatum, Geranium argenteum, Geranium pratense, Geranium tuberosum, Geranium nepalense.

Common names: Carpet cranesbill, Carpet Geranium, Wild Geranium. This species is native to South Africa.

They are semi-evergreen plants with hairy stems that reach 40 cm in height. The aromatic leaves are finely lobed and dark green. The showy flowers have 5 mauve, pink or blue petals. They bloom in summer.

These easy-to-grow plants are used in rockeries, on borders, hanging on low walls and in hanging pots for balconies, patios and terraces.

Geranium palmatum prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade (it will produce fewer flowers). They do not resist frost.

The soil can be normal garden soil with 1/3 coarse sand and a little organic matter. Planting is done in spring.

Water regularly but with a small amount of water, avoiding the soil from drying out completely (never flood).

Fertilize in spring and summer with mineral fertilizer every 20 days.

Prune off wilted flower stalks and dry leaves.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to the accumulation of water in the roots.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring and by stem cuttings.

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Geranium incanum
Geranium incanum
Geranium incanum
Geranium incanum
 

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