Characteristics of the macranta geranium
Ideal for enhancing balconies and window sills by creating real hanging flower beds. These geraniums are easy to grow and with a few tricks we will see them grow quickly even up to sixty centimeters in height, as well as flourish for four to five months a year.
This type of geraniums is native to South Africa and can be grown in a greenhouse, in pots outside homes or even placed in the garden where the climate is rather mild, such as in southern Italy or along the coasts. The geraniums that grow in the soil better withstand thermal and water stress and parasitic infections, and also reach more considerable sizes.
The macranta geranium It is very popular and is also called "fantasy", "five-spot" or "butterfly" geranium due to the shape of the inflorescences. Its slightly velvety flowers, simple or double, are showy and bright colors, in shades of white, pink, red and lilac and also in the orange, pink with red spots and lavender with dark spots. The leaves of this plant are fragrant, slightly curled and with a toothed outline.macranta "width =" 745 "height =" 497 "longdesc =" / garden / geraniums / geranium-macranta.asp ">
How to grow macranta geranium
Macranta geraniums must be purchased in spring and if the pots are larger than twelve centimeters in diameter, repotting can be postponed. The soil must be soft, fertilized and slightly acidic.
This geranium loves the sun, but during the period of maximum flowering it is better to shade it slightly in the central hours of the day. On the contrary, if we see that the leaves grow much more than the flowers it means that the plant is not exposed enough to light and we must move it to a sunnier position.
From May to August, during the vegetative period, it is good to fertilize this type of geraniums every two weeks with a teaspoon of complex ternary fertilizer for each pot, after having wet the soil to avoid damaging the roots. Never fertilize on very hot or very cold days.
To stimulate the growth of buds and new flowers, we always eliminate the already withered ones.
These plants should be watered a little in the middle seasons and only when the soil is almost dry to avoid rotting, while during the summer they must be wet every evening, avoiding to sprinkle the leaves.
During the winter, macranta geraniums fear the cold and if exposed to frosts they are irreparably damaged. In the cold season they must be stored in a bright room at a temperature higher than two degrees like the condominium landing or in a glass box in the most sheltered part of the balcony and should not be wet until March, when they flare.