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Are all types of geraniums and peligoniums suitable for planting in ericaceous compost?

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  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849

    HI Keith, RHS says.....Pelargoniums can be grown in borders or containers. In borders or beds, plant in fertile, neutral to alkaline soil. Most prefer full sun. Regal cultivars prefer partial shade and zonal cultivars will tolerate some shade.  image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053

    Keith, note that geraniums and pelargoniums are two different plants.

    Devon.
  • I plant my Pelargoniums in John Innes no.2, not ericacious.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,284

    Geraniums and pelargoniums are two different plants when they are cranesbills (hardy geraniums) and pelargoniums, but many people use the two words interchangeably to mean the same type of summer bedding plant. It can be confusing. Fibrex Nurseries list all the varieties you are likely to come across.

    http://www.fibrex.co.uk/pelargoniums/

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i'm sure that most geraniums as we know them are actually pelagoniums

  • Many thanks for all of your replies, it does seem that there is much confusion out there regarding what to call these plants, however, I will go with geraniums (hardy, and pelargoniums (tender) and thanks to Ceres for the link.

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