Native from the Caucasus, Geranium albanum is a beautiful and interesting geranium. This low growing species produces large numbers of magenta-veined, shocking pink flowers produced on trailing stems. The pink flowers open pale at first and darken with age, with a rose heart and fines violet lines they bloom from spring to midsummer
Geranium albanum grows to a height of around 50cm (20in) and a spread of 30cm (12in) with heart shaped, dissected leaves. It has a longer season than most other geraniums they flower from spring onwards and are at their best in full sun or light shade. The long, flexible stems look fabulous tumbling over a rockery or onto gravel pathways and are capable of weaving through surrounding vegetation can transform even the most unexciting shrub into a focal point.
With their cheerful blooms, versatile foliage and rugged disposition, it's no surprise that hardy geraniums are considered an indispensable component of beds, borders and container arrangements.
Sowing: Sow in late winter/late spring or in late summer/autumn.
Fill pots, cells of trays with a good seed starting compost. (John Innes or similar). Sit the containers in water to moisten thoroughly. Sow the seeds 2.5cm (1in) apart, on the surface of the compost and cover seed with vermiculite, sand or sieved compost after sowing. Keep soil slightly moist but not wet. Perennial geraniums often germinate over several months, usually between 30 to 90 days at temperatures around 5 to 10°C (41 to 50°F). Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight.
Transplant the seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots to grow on. Avoid large pots, because the compost will be wet permanently and wetness can a cause growth inhibition and a poor root development.
Overwinter autumn sown seedlings indoors frost free at 3 to 5 °C (37 to 41°F). If outdoors use an outdoor fleece cover to protect the plants.
Plant outdoors in spring after the last expected frosts. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out into their permanent positions. Space 30 to 40cm (12 to 15in) apart.
In mid summer after flowering rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded by shearing it back, this will promote dense growth and encourage better reblooming. Lift and divide large colonies in spring, March to May
Low-moderate fertilisation levels are required use a complete balanced fertiliser. Avoid high ammonium and high nitrogen levels. Very high nitrogen levels will cause shoot stretching and then the shoots fall apart. Don't fertilise after mid September.
The roots are sensitive to wet substrates which can cause rotting of roots and poor plant quality. Allow for the plants to dry thoroughly between irrigations.
Cottage/Informal Garden, Flowers Borders and Beds, Wildlife / Butterfly Garden. Beekeeping.
Full sun to partial shady locations. Rock gardens, stone walls, perennial borders, ground cover, large containers.
Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants, found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region.
Geranium albanum is a frost hardy perennial geranium, native from the Caucasus extending eastwards to Iran.
The name Geranium comes from the Greek 'geranion', which is a diminutive of 'geranos' meaning crane.
The species name ‘pyrenaicum’ refers to the place of its origin and the mountain range of the Pyrenees, between France and Spain.
It gets its common name 'crane’s bill' from the 'beak' over the seed pod and is also called storksbill in some areas.
The name “crowfoot” is often used for geraniums, because the leaves resemble buttercups, which historically were called crowfoots
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Packet Size 10 Seeds Family Geraniaceae Genus Geranium Species albanum Common Name Hardy Geranium Other Common Names Crane’s Bill. Garden Geranium Hardiness Hardy Perennial Hardy Hardy to -15°C (5°F) Flowers Magenta-veined, pink flowers Natural Flower Time May to August Foliage Mid green, evergreen rounded leaves. Height 50cm (20in) Spread 30cm (12in) Position Full sun to part shade. Soil Fertile, well-drained Time to Sow Sow in late winter/late spring or in late summer/autumn. Germination 30 to 90 days at temperatures around 5 to 10°C (41 to 50°F).