How to grow pelargoniums

Do it:

Jun, Jul

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jul, Aug, Sep

Not all summer bedding plants need to be watered twice a day. Some plants, such as pelargoniums, thrive in dry conditions and can be left for a week or so while you're on holiday.

Pelargoniums (part of the geranium family) should be planted outdoors after all risk of frost has passed, in a sunny spot. Equally happy in pots or borders, pelargoniums flower right through the summer, without regular watering.

You will need

Good quality compost

Container

Crocks

Water-retaining granules

Slow-release fertiliser

Pelargoniums

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Place crocks and a layer of gravel in the base of a large container, then fill with multi-purpose potting compost.

Mix water-retaining granules and slow-release fertiliser into the compost, to improve water retention and boost nutrient levels.

Choose several pelargoniums, including upright varieties for the centre and trailing, ivy-leaved varieties for the edges.

Keep the compost below the pot rim, to make watering easier, then water to settle compost around the rootballs.

Don't water again until the compost is dry. Regularly pick off faded flowers to promote formation of fresh blooms.

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