Q & A / FAQ (Frequently/ some not so frequently asked questions.)
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Who is the patron saint of gardening?
St. Fiacre, a Seventh Century Irish monk, is the patron saint of gardening.
1. Is it true that a Geranium was the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2008?
Yes. Geranium 'Rozanne' was designated as the 2008 Perennial Plant of the Year. This perennial, recommended by USDA
Zones 5-8, has brilliant, violet blue flowers, with small white centers and reddish purple veins on the petals. The flowers are
2.5 " across. The plant grows 18-24" tall and spreads 20-24" wide. The foliage turns bronze-red in the fall. This is a
patented cultivar (Blooms of Bressigham) and is a sterile offspring of an apparent interspecific cross between G.
wallichianum and G. himalayense. This is another lovely addition to the hardy geraniums available for temperate gardens.
2. . How and when can I cut a slip of geranium from its "mother" plant? Will I disfigure the "mother" plant if I cut on it?
3. What disease(s) are geraniums susceptible to?
4. What care should I routinely give my geraniums plants in the ground to make sure they stay beautiful and healthy?
5. Should geraniums be fertilized? If so, when? What is a good fertilizer to use on them?
See Plant Nutrition
6. Why plant/ grow Geraniums, especially Pelargonium ?
Because they: a)... are beautiful, b).... bloom a lot, thus providing color in the garden, c).. are easy to grow,
d).. require less water, e) ... e)...are tough, f)... and adapted to Mediterranean climates, including the Central Coast of California.
But, especially, because they are beautiful.
7. What about mint-scented from rose-scented cultivars that look the same?
Roses vs. Mints
Debby Lipp points out that there are two very similar, variegated leafed cultivars on the market. One of these is rose scented and the other is mint scented. ‘Lady Plymouth’ is the rose scented cultivar (if you brush the leaf and smell it). A nearly identical cultivar with variegated leaves and a minty fragrance is ‘Variegated rose mint’ or ‘Mint scented rose’ in Brawner’s book. Debby reminds us that your nose will tell you every time which is which.
8. Is Pelargonium fragrans a species?
Pelargonium fragrans is not known in the wild so there is a question as to its origin and its status as a species. It has been proposed that it is a hybrid between P. exstipulatum and P. odoratissimum. Attempts to cross these two species have not been very successful to recreate a documented hybrid that resembles P. fragrans. If this had been done then we would be fairly certain that P. fragrans was of hybrid origin and we would refer to it as P. x fragrans; the “x” being the correct way of referring to a hybrid. Lis-Balchan et al. have approached the question of origin in a different fashion. She and others have analyzed the composition of the essential oils produced by the three taxa. These studies show that the amount of the different essential oils of P. fragrans is intermediate between those of P. odoratissimum and P. exstipulatum. These facts are taken as evidence that P. fragrans could be of hybrid origin.
9. What type of fragrances do geraniums have?
10. What rhymes with geranium? (Thanks, Marcia.)
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