Ampelnaya pelargonium: royal luxury on your balcony
Ampel pelargonium is a plant of the genus Geranium, the most popular after the pelargonium zonal. If the zone pelargonium or geranium is used for the decoration of front gardens or window sills in the room, then the lot of ampelous pelargonium is the decoration of terraces, balconies, and patio. This is an excellent plant for open spaces where there is a lot of light and air.
Ampelnaya pelargonium: get to know each other
The homeland of this plant is South Africa, where it either cascades from the hillsides or spreads across the surface of the earth. At the same time, shoots of pelargonium can reach a length of 90 cm. This feature was inherited from the indoor varieties of ampelous pelargonium. It is especially valued by flower growers not only for its abundant and long flowering, but also for its beautiful bright green, dense and fleshy leaves, which, unlike the varieties of zonal geranium, are not covered with fuzz, but completely smooth.Luxurious flowers Pelargonium shows in the form of an umbrella of star-shaped flowers, the number of which can reach 30. Each of them blooms up to 5-6 days. Pelargonium ampella during flowering is a real riot of colors: white, pink, purple, lilac. In addition, monotonous and motley petals are often found, with a border around the edge or with specks.
How to care for pelargonium: exploring the nature of this beauty
Care of the ampelous pelargonium will not require any special efforts from you, although sometimes it is a bit capricious.
Pelargonium is very light-loving, and this is one of the few plants that quite comfortably feels in direct sunlight.
Pelargonium can do without watering for some time, but it suffers much more waterlogging. In this regard, experts recommend watering this plant through a pallet, as well as to organize a good drainage system to prevent stagnation of moisture. It is better to do without spraying the leaves, because of this, rot or even more serious diseases may settle on them.
Wintering and rest period
If spring and summer is a period of active growth and bud formation for pelargonium, then in cold weather, as a rule, it rests. It is recommended in the winter time to arrange for the plant additional lighting. If this is not possible, it is better to shorten the shoots and keep the pot until spring in a cool place (6-7 ° C). With the advent of heat and transfer to a lighter room, ampella pelargonium will begin to actively produce young shoots.
Transplantation and reproduction
Adult plants are usually transplanted once every two years in a cramped pot so that the roots are located close to the walls of the container. Then your pelargonium blooms faster. The soil should be loose and very nutritious. Once a week it is possible to produce additional fertilizer with complex mineral fertilizer. The ampelous pelargonium is propagated by seeds and cuttings, but planting seeds is an occupation for more experienced flower growers, so rooting cuttings is the most common way. Before planting, the cuttings must be kept without water for 24 hours, so that the cuts are dried. Following these simple tips, you will be able to independently grow a real beautiful Pelargonium, which will decorate your balcony or terrace all summer with luxurious garlands of bright greenery and numerous inflorescences!