Cambridge geranium is a hybrid characterized by winter hardiness, obtained at the beginning of the last century as a result of the crossing of dolmatian and large-rhizome geraniums. It grows naturally in the Balkans. The similarity between the Cambridge and Dolmatian geraniums is striking, but the latter does not grow so much.
If you create the necessary growing conditions for geraniums, you can get a bush about 20 cm high. The surface of the leaves is covered with fluff, they themselves are serrated at the edges. Flowers of different shades. Flowering time is the month of June. Geraniums are planted in open ground for 7 bushes per square. m
Geranium prefers warmth and sun. The soil should be fertile, with good drainage.
Cambridge geranium has several varieties.
- Biokovo . Bushes up to 20 cm high and 35 cm in diameter. It has small flowers, the width of which is less than three mm. Coloring - white-pink.
- Cambridge Bush height - up to 20 cm, diameter - 40 cm. The flowers are pinkish-lilac, are simple. In diameter they have up to 3 mm.
- "Carmina . " The height of the bush, as a rule, does not exceed 20 cm. The flowers are simple, pale-carmine-pink.
- Orkney Cherry . Has a bush up to 20 cm high, with a diameter up to 35 cm. Flowers of a pink shade with a white center. Leaves are reddish brown. The plant is well suited for planting in flowerpots, planters and pots.
Disembarkation and care
Those varieties of geraniums that grow very wide in width due to the fact that the roots are located close to the soil surface must be planted at a distance of no closer than 30 cm from each other, otherwise they will all combine next summer.
In addition, geraniums do not require constant transplantation, which means that you need to find a suitable site in advance for further growth.
Varieties, the appearance of which is a miniature bush and having large leaves with large cuttings, need to be planted at intervals equal to twice the size of the cuttings. With such a planting, the round shape of the bush will not be spoiled, because of which the plant becomes particularly attractive.
Cambridge garden geraniums are undemanding and do not need pruning. Its inflorescences can be removed, but you can not do this, since they fall off on their own. Geranium bushes are very dense, so often weeds do not even grow under them, which means that weeding is not needed. In the event that mulching is done on free areas, then there will be no need even for loosening.
One of the positive properties of geranium is that it is practically not susceptible to disease .
Exuding a special aroma that contains essential oils and antioxidants, it protects against all kinds of diseases and pests, not only yourself, but also plants located in the neighborhood.
Geranium is propagated in two ways: by dividing the root system and by seed. At the same place, culture can grow for 10 years. After them, it may be necessary to rejuvenate the bush.
An outdoor plant needs to be dug before it blooms, or after that. Roots, with the exception of new and healthy ones, are removed.
A new root system is formed in a short time and quickly takes root in new conditions.
The seed method is worse than propagation by separation of the roots. It is labor intensive, and with it the main signs disappear. The seeds are scattered ripened, but the problem is to collect them, because when maturing, the valves open and the seeds fly apart.
Crops grown from seeds bloom the next summer after planting.
Reviews about this plant are mostly positive. Many flower growers note the unpretentiousness of care and the positive qualities of geraniums, which allow it to take its rightful place in any garden, to become an integral part of landscape design.
An overview of the geraniums of the Biokovo variety see below.