Zonal Geranium Pelgard Chocolate x 3

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Please be aware that plants are despatched weekly on Tuesday, for delivery Wednesday or Thursday.

This ensures the nursery cares for your plants until they are placed on the truck and avoids them sitting in depots.
To prepare your plants and qualify for Tuesday despatch, please make sure your order is placed by 12pm Monday.

Please be aware that our starter plant sets have a minimum purchase quantity of 3 sets, each set containing 3 plants. You may mix and match between starter plant varieties, however all orders consisting of fewer than 3 sets will unfortunately not be processed.

This outstanding geranium, or to give it its proper name pelargonium, has the best of both worlds. The very dark chocolate-coloured, deeply cut leaves, with a narrow emerald green margin, are a brilliant and striking contrast to the scarlet flowers are produced throughout summer and autumn until the first frosts. These compact plants are perfect in large pots and containers and for a sensational focal point in beds and borders. A tender perennial summer bedding plant.

On arrival
Open the box fully, carefully lift out the plants in their tray and water the compost if it seems dry. These plug plants should be potted up individually into 7.5-10cm (3-4in) pots of good potting compost first, watered in, grown on and then planted outside when the roots start to fill the pots. As they are cold sensitive, they can be planted outside once the last spring frosts have finished, usually around the end of May to the beginning of June – depending on where you live. Until then, keep the plants inside in a cool, but frost-free (ideally around 10-14C/50-57F) place, in good overall light but out of hot, direct sunlight. Allow the compost to slightly dry out before thoroughly watering them again. Before planting outside, they need hardening off by gradually acclimatising the plants to outdoor conditions for about a week by putting them outside during the day but bringing them back indoors in the evening for a few days, then leave out all night but covered with horticultural fleece when cold temperatures are forecast.

Planting out
Water the compost thoroughly immediately before planting out.
In containers, plant far enough apart to create a full looking displays from the start. Make sure to use a good quality multi-purpose or container compost, and water in thoroughly. To help them establish extra quickly, water them in with a dilute plant food.In beds and borders, depending on final size of the plants used, plant around 15-30cm (6-12in) apart. They will grow best in well-drained soil that doesn’t dry out. Dig the planting hole and sprinkle some compost in the bottom. Place the plant in the planting hole, adding a bit more compost if needed, so that the top of the rootball is at the same level as the soil, and add more compost around the sides of the plant. Gently firm in with your fingers or the end of a trowel or hand fork and water in thoroughly, using a dilute plant food if possible.

Growing on
Water thoroughly whenever necessary to prevent the compost or soil drying out. Plants in containers will need watering more regularly than those growing in beds and borders; drought tolerant plants, such as geraniums (pelargoniums), osteospermums and gazanias, need watering less frequently. Feed plants regularly with a high potash, liquid plant food, as recommended on the container. This really helps produce stronger, healthier plants with lots more flowers.Remove yellowing and dead leaves and deadhead wherever possible to remove fading and finished flowers plus any developing seed heads, seed pods or fruit. This keeps plants tidy, healthy and helps to encourage lots more flowers.

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Flowering season: Summer, Autumn
Facing position: Any position
How much sun: Full sun
Eventual height: 30cm - 60cm
Flower colour: Red
Leaf colour: Purple

Delivery : Please be aware that this plant is despatched fresh from the nursery once a week on a Tuesday, for delivery on the Wednesday or Thursday. Please make sure your order is placed by 12 pm Monday to ensure you qualify for a Tuesday despatch.

Delivery for this item is £4.99.

We deliver to the majority of addresses in England, Wales and Scotland. Unfortunately, there are some areas that we are unable to deliver to including Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Wight, Scottish Isles and The Channel Isles.

Returns : We want you to be confident about every order you place with us so you are able to return all* products to us if you are unhappy for any reason. Just ensure the product is unused and return with proof of purchase in its original packaging within 30 days of purchase.

* Charges may apply for items that are collected by Notcutts.