In this month’s Houseplant of the Month post, it’s the turn of the Regal Pelargonium, which is sometimes referred to as the sophisticated relative of the geranium family!
I’m sure many Flowerona readers are familiar with the Pelargonium, but the Regal Pelargonium is less well-known. It’s sometimes known as the Pelargonium grandiflorum and its large trumpet shaped flowers, give it its name grandiflorum.
A member of the Geraniaceae family, the Regal Pelargonium originates from South Africa. And the name Pelargonium originates from the Greek ‘pelargos’, which means stork and refers to the mouth of the seed pod.
You’ll find them in a range of different colours from pure white to deep purple, and from salmon to dark red. There are also many bi- and multi-coloured varieties.
Aren’t they just so pretty? Such dainty frilly petals with splashes or sometimes lines of a complementary colour…
With regards to looking after your Regal Pelargoniums, place them in a light position. As soon as the frosts have disappeared, they can even be put outside to add some instant colour to your garden, patio or balcony. Regularly water them directly on to the soil and to get lots of flowers, give them plant food every fortnight. By removing the faded blooms, you’ll encourage new flowers to appear.
They would make a lovely gift at Mother’s Day, which this year in the UK falls on Sunday, 15th March. So, do look out for them, when you’re in your local florist.
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)