Riippapelargoni - Рelargonium peltatum Ait.
A plant with thin, strong, cascading shoots, 80-100 cm long from the Geranium family.
Leaves are fleshy, corymbose, smooth, shiny, 5-8 cm wide, similar to ivy leaves. The flowers are simple, stellate, collected in 5-8 pieces in umbellate inflorescences of various tones. Flowering begins at the end of May and lasts all summer.
Pelargonium is photophilous, unpretentious in culture, easily tolerates a lack of moisture. The plant is placed on sunny east and west windows. In the warm season, it loves abundant, frequent watering. In winter, depending on the temperature, watered more moderately. The plant is fed with mineral fertilizers enriched with potassium.
To obtain flowering plants by early summer, crops are sown from December to February, using pure peat or a mixture of peat with sand as a substrate. For indoor use, sown in March-April. Seedlings usually appear 1.5-2 weeks after sowing. In the phase of two or three true leaves, the plants dive into the pots. For better tillering, the seedlings are pinched over the fifth or sixth leaf.
In summer, it is advisable to take pelargonium to fresh air, and in winter to install it in a cool, bright room with a temperature of + 10 + 12 ° C.
Shield Pelargonium is perfect as a container plant for hanging baskets, window boxes and wall-mounted planters. It can also be planted under large trees to create a long-flowering soil cover.
Eng.: Ivy-leaf geranium, cascading geranium, ivyleaf geranium, ivy geranium. Suom.: Riippapelargoni. Sven.: Hängpelargon, Kaskadpelargon, murgrönspelargon.