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Pelargonium 'Caroline Schmidt'


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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

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Plant details

A good bedding geranium has a steady supply of beautiful flowers, is relatively weatherproof and, if possible, has attractive foliage. 'Caroline Schmidt', one of the fancy-leafed varieties, has all these qualities, which is why it remains popular after decades of widespread use in parks and gardens. It is propagated from cuttings, taken every year in late summer or in spring after overwintered plants have resumed growth. This is unlike modern F1 hybrid zonals which are raised from seeds sown in heat in late winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Pelargonium

Cultivar: Caroline Schmidt

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 38cm

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I am tryig to find out how to plant bare root hardy geraniums. can you show me an example? I am not sure which part of the plant is supposed to go in the ground. I have 3 plants waiting to be planted 1 is already shooting so I am assuming the opposite end needs to go in the ground, but i'm not sure beause between what looks like the roots and the shoots there is a bulbous bit, does this also need to be beneath the soil? hope you can make some sense of this, with thanks Sue.

Carl W

Beautiful Pelargonium

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