Pelargonium betulinum / Camphor-Scented Pelargonium / Seeds

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Pelargonium betulinum / Camphor-Scented Pelargonium / Seeds

A camphor scented Pelargonium, dazzling when in full flower, with large pink to purple flowers in midsummer.  This Pelargonium grows to a height of about 50-75cm, forming a small upright rounded shrub.  The leaves have reddish serrated margins and smell lovely when crushed.   When grown from seed, the flower colour varies from pink to purple, always with dark purple streaks in the middle of the flower. Pelargonium betulinum was first introduced into the UK in the 1780s.


The plants do best in a sunny position in well drained sandy soil.  They tolerate shorts periods of frost down to about -5C, but generally need protecting in the UK over the winter.  They grow well in pots, and plants can be lightly pruned after flowering.  This Pelargonium will tolerate coastal sites.

 

Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow in spring to autumn, autumn being a particularly good time if you have a greenhouse or conservatory to overwinter the plants.


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Hardiness Half hardy evergreen perennial (RHS Hardiness H3)
Flowers Midsummer
Height 50-75cm
Spread 60-80cm
Conditions  Sun and well drained sandy soil
Sow

Sow in spring to autumn 2-3mm deep in moist seed compost.  Include coarse sand or grit in the seed compost. Germination takes 1-3 weeks at room temperature.  Autumn sowings need protecting in a greenhouse or conservatory over winter, but will flower earlier than spring sowings.  Plant out after the last frost into pots,baskets or in the garden.  

Grow

Plants grow well once established.  Feed and water pot grown pots regularly during the growing season.  Deadhead to prolong flowering.  Plants can be removed in the autumn or taken indoors and protected over winter against frost, in which case, they live for many years. If kept over winter, trim back plants by about a third in autumn.  Softwood cuttings can be taken in spring/early summer and often flower in the same year.