Pelargonium plantation

This year I suddenly began to like pelargoniums. I’ve always been indifferent to them, but here for some reason I began to dream of a little Europe at home – these flowers on the European windows look so nice! And then one day, passing by a flower store I decided to look without any purpose, and there was a friendly saleswoman offered me so much stuff to choose from that I came out into the light of God – I can not believe – with five bags of pelargonium seeds. And a week later, after getting used to the expected number of sprouts, I repeated the race and bought another six packs. 🙂

To my surprise, I discovered that pelargoniums and geraniums are not the same flower, but members of the same family. The former is native to Africa, and therefore in Russia is grown as an annual in flowerbeds or as an indoor plant.

Geraniums

Geraniums turned out to be blue wildflowers, familiar to me since my childhood. As you can see, the difference is quite noticeable: the flowers are arranged slightly differently, the leaves are different, and winter for geraniums is only a season, not a cold death. Such a little bush lives for 8-15 years. Now I’m learning to call things by their proper names, although I’m still tempted to use the shorter word in the old fashioned way.

Back to planting. On July 5, five bags were unpacked:

  • Star of the suburbs F1 (5 pcs, 4 sprouted);
  • Divas F1 blueberry (3 pieces, 3 sprouted);
  • Rafaella F1 white (5 pieces, 4 sprouted);
  • Rafaella F1 orange (5 pieces, 2 sprouted);
  • Rafaella F1 color mixture (5 pcs, 1 sprouted).

A week later, on July 12, they were joined by another six bags:

  • Magic Summer F2 mix (7 pieces, 3 sprouted);
  • Paul F1 (4 pieces, 1 sprouted);
  • Rafaella F1 pink (5 pieces, 1 sprouted);
  • Rafaella F1 scarlet (5 pieces, 4 sprouted);
  • Divas F1 berry (3 pieces, 2 sprouted);
  • Ripple F1 (5 pieces, 1 sprouted).

With the last two I just wanted to make an experiment and compare how different they are. In the photo, the flowers are very similar, but Divas has a claimed height of 30-35 cm, and Ripple has 50 cm.

Yesterday I did the first picking – a total of 27 cups. The difference between the first and second batches in the size of the sprouts is not particularly noticeable, but the Star of Moscow suburbs is clearly ahead. It has been terribly hot all month, and most of the pelargoniums appeared with white leaves. Now the situation is changing, and they are greening up little by little, while all are alive. We save ourselves with air conditioning.

And, of course, I can’t help but comment on the number of seeds in the package. It seems to me that 3 pieces is not serious at all, because they can still not come up. Either the producer thus masks the higher than the competitor’s cost, or there really are people in the world for whom it is more convenient to plant 3 seeds with the risk of not getting anything at all. Well, you can’t judge by yourself…