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How to grow pelargoniums


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.

How to do it

Growing pelargoniums: Add compost and crocks to a container


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

Growing pelargoniums: Add water-retaining granules and slow-release fertiliser to the compost

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

Growing pelargoniums: Choose different varieties for your container

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

Growing pelargoniums: water to settle compost around the rootballs

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

Growing pelargoniums: deadhead flowers regularly to encourage new ones to grow

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

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