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Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Mar 28, 2015 6:54 AM CST
I'm becoming increasingly interested in pelargoniums but have very limited space at home.
I'm considering getting 2 or 3 plants which I can use in the house or in an outdoor summer container. I think I'm more interested in foliage than blooms.
I visit Wallington Hall gardens regularly and drool over the plants in the Victorian glasshouse there. They have some fine species pelargoniums.
The local garden centres here usually have a fair selection of summer bedding.
Can you recommend some good performers for a seasoned houseplant grower but pelargonium newbie?
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 15, 2015 11:00 PM CST

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Oh so sorry Sue, this new thread got overlooked. I guess this forum is not as active as hoped.
There are just so many varieties and there may be totally different varieties for you there. Do you want scented pels, ivy pels, regale pels, fancy leafed ones? For me, they all seem relatively easy to grow, also easy to root from cuttings most of the time. Several of mine have gone through minor overnight frosts and recovered, the ivy leafed ones seem hardier varieties, the fancy leafed ones seem more tender. I have lost a few here and there that were more frost tender.
I just picked up several ivy ones for my balcony boxes, this was one of them.


and I got this scented one the other day.
Scented Geranium (Pelargonium 'Concolor Lace')

I've had this ivy one for years, I pretty much ignore it.
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springcolor
Apr 15, 2015 11:40 PM CST
This is a nice one.

Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum 'Mrs. Pollock')

Has the colored foliage.
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riverman123
Apr 26, 2015 10:57 AM CST
Sue - If you're more interested in foliage than flowers, might I suggest some of the more hardy varieties...? The ones in the pic below are our "Mourning Widow" variety. we have them planted in a part sun/part shade location under a ponderosa pine tree. small flowers in spring but great, large foliage all summer long. my girl has a large clump in a 14 inch pot that sits on our deck; again, part sun/part shade. we sometimes shear them back to 5 inches and we get a second bloom. shearing them back also helps bring back fresh foliage that has been tattered by the heat of summer. had them for 4 years now, they always come back.
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Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Apr 26, 2015 11:06 AM CST
Thanks Jason but I only have a patio area outdoors with pots, I do have Geranium pratense which I love. But I don't have room to grow any geraniums in the ground. I'm more interested in Pelargoniums for the moment.

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