Regal Geranium Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum'

๐Ÿ‘ค Non-toxic to humans
๐Ÿพ Non-toxic to pets
๐ŸŒธ Blooming
๐Ÿช Not edible
โ€๐ŸŒฑ Easy-care
pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum'

ABOUT

Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', commonly known as geranium, is a visually striking plant that is appreciated for its ornamental features. It displays a lush array of rounded, lobed leaves that are soft to the touch with a somewhat velvety texture. The foliage is often bright green, presenting a vibrant backdrop for its flowers. The blooms of the geranium stand out with their beautiful array of colors, which can range from pale pinks to vivid purples and occasionally crisp whites. These flowers are typically composed of five petals, frequently adorned with contrasting streaks or markings that lead to a central point, enhancing their visual appeal. A characteristic feature of geranium flowers is their bilateral symmetry, with two upper petals differing in size or marking from the three lower ones. Geraniums also have a distinctive fragrance, which can be released when the leaves are gently brushed or crushed. This scent can vary among geranium varieties, ranging from rose-like to citrusy or spicy nuances. In general, the geranium is known for its rounded growth habit, with branches that may have a tendency to sprawl or gracefully arch depending on their environment and care. The appearance of the geranium can be further personalized through pruning, which can encourage bushier, more compact growth, promoting a more tailored look within a garden or container display. Please note that this description focuses on the overall appearance and characteristics of the geranium, abstracting from specific measurements related to its size.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family

      Geraniaceae

    • Synonyms

      Lawrenceanum Geranium, Lawrence's Pelargonium, Variegated Regal Pelargonium

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Geraniums, including Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', are not considered highly toxic to humans. However, if ingested, they can potentially cause minor symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There is limited information on severe toxicity, but it is generally advisable to avoid eating any part of geranium plants.

    • To pets

      Geraniums, including Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', are known to be toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. If ingested, they can cause symptoms such as vomiting, anorexia, depression, and dermatitis. In cats, geranium poisoning can also lead to more serious symptoms like ataxia, anorexia, lethargy, and dermatitis. It's recommended to prevent pets from ingesting any part of geranium plants to avoid these potential consequences.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle

      Perennials

    • Foliage type

      Evergreen

    • Color of leaves

      Green

    • Flower color

      Pink

    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type

      Shrub

    • Hardiness zones

      9

    • Native area

      South Africa

Benefits

  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Geraniums are popular for their colorful and vibrant flowers which can enhance the visual appeal of gardens and indoor spaces.
    • Versatility: They can be grown in pots, containers, or garden beds, making them suitable for various landscaping designs.
    • Low Maintenance: Geraniums are relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal watering and feeding, which makes them suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: They are fairly resistant to drought, making them a good choice for water-saving gardens or in regions with water restrictions.
    • Fragrance: Some geranium varieties have a pleasant scent which can add an aromatic aspect to gardens and homes.
    • Long Blooming Period: Geraniums typically have a long flowering season, providing continuous color for an extended period.
    • Pest Resistance: Geraniums are known to be resistant to many common garden pests, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
    • Pollinator Friendly: They attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity and aiding in the pollination of other plants in the vicinity.
    • Edging and Ground Cover: Low-growing varieties can serve as attractive edging or ground cover, offering a practical solution to soil erosion and weed suppression.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', commonly known as geranium, can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, imparting a range of colors from green to brown depending on the fabric and mordant used.
    • In culinary applications, the scented leaves of geraniums can be used to flavor sugars and desserts, adding a subtle rose-like aroma.
    • The flowers and leaves can be incorporated into potpourris and sachets, contributing a pleasant fragrance to drawers and closets.
    • Geranium leaves can serve as natural insect repellants, with their strong scent warding off mosquitoes and other pests.
    • When placed among linens, the leaves can help impart a fresh scent, keeping the linens smelling clean and pleasant.
    • The leaves can be used to make a natural polish for wooden furniture, giving a soft shine and a mild scent.
    • Geraniums can be used in landscaping as a ground cover, providing an attractive and low-maintenance option for gardeners.
    • They can be employed in companion planting to protect other plants in the garden, as their strong scent can deter pests.
    • These plants can also be used for educational purposes, teaching children about plant biology and the lifecycle of a flower through hands-on gardening.
    • Geraniums are commonly used in crafts, such as making pressed flower decorations for cards or bookmarks.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Geranium is not typically referenced in Feng Shui practice for any specific uses or symbolism.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Geranium is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Comfort - Pelargoniums, also known as geraniums, often symbolize comfort due to their pleasant fragrance and soothing properties when used in essential oils.
    • Friendship - Geraniums are sometimes given as gifts between friends to represent closeness and the nurturing of a platonic relationship.
    • Health - The geranium plant has been associated with good health and recovery, as some pelargonium species have medicinal uses.
    • Happiness - With their bright and varied colors, geraniums are frequently connected to feelings of joy and positivity.
    • Good Luck - Some believe that planting geraniums can bring good luck, making them a popular plant for households and gardens.

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Every 1-2 weeks
Water
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2500 - 10000 Lux
Light
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5%
Humidity
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Every year
Repotting
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Spring-Early Summer
Propogation
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As needed
Pruning
  • water dropWater

    Geraniums, including the Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', should be watered thoroughly once the soil has dried out, usually every 7 to 10 days, depending on the environmental conditions. To water, pour gently at the base of the plant until excess water drains out, using about one to two gallons for an outdoor plant in a large container. During the active growing season, in spring and summer, watering frequency may increase, especially if the weather is warm and sunny. Cut back on watering in the autumn and winter when the plant is not growing vigorously. Always avoid overhead watering to prevent leaf and stem diseases.

  • sunLight

    Geraniums prefer bright, indirect sunlight and can tolerate direct morning sun. The best spot for a Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum' would be a location where it receives at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day, such as a south or west-facing windowsill. Avoid placing it in full afternoon sun, which can be too intense and may cause leaf scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Geraniums thrive in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can tolerate a range from 50 to 80 degrees. They should not be exposed to temperatures below 30 degrees, as frost can severely damage or kill the plant. The ideal temperature range for Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum' is on the warmer end, to encourage steady growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune geraniums regularly to encourage bushy growth and to remove dead or yellowing leaves and spent flowers. For Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', the best time to prune is in early spring, just before new growth begins. Cut back up to one third of the plant to promote new, healthy stems and leaves. Pinch off flower stalks after blooms fade to encourage more blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Geranium 'Lawrenceanum' prefers a well-draining soil mix composed of 2 parts peat moss or coco coir, 1 part perlite or sand, and 1 part garden loam or potting soil. The ideal soil pH for geraniums should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Geranium 'Lawrenceanum' should typically be repotted every 1 to 2 years, or when it outgrows its current container. Springtime is the best season to repot to allow the plant time to establish in its new pot before winter.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Geranium 'Lawrenceanum' thrives in average room humidity levels, generally between 40-60%. They don't require high humidity and can tolerate the drier air found in most homes.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Geranium 'Lawrenceanum' in bright, indirect light and water when soil feels dry.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Geranium 'Lawrenceanum' in full sun to partial shade in well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-12 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', commonly known as Regal Geranium, begins with seed germination, which occurs in warm, moist soil conditions and can take a few days to a couple of weeks. After germination, the seedling emerges and enters the vegetative stage, developing a rosette of leaves and a sturdy stem over several weeks to months. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, producing ornate and colorful blooms that are often used ornamentally; this stage can last for a prolonged period with proper care and deadheading. Following the flowering phase, the plant produces seeds, completing its reproductive cycle; however, many cultivators propagate Regal Geraniums vegetatively through cuttings to maintain desired characteristics. During the senescence stage, if not maintained by pruning or if the environmental conditions are not ideal, the plant may show signs of aging such as yellowing leaves and reduced vigor. The plant then either enters a period of dormancy, particularly in cooler climates, or it may die if the conditions are not met for survival, after which the cycle can begin anew with the propagation of seeds or cuttings.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for the Pelargonium 'Lawrenceanum', commonly known as Geranium, is through stem cuttings. This is usually done in late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate by cuttings, a healthy stem about 4 to 6 inches (about 10 to 15 centimeters) long is cut just below a leaf node โ€“ the part of the stem where leaves emerge. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end can be dipped in a rooting hormone to encourage root formation, although this step is not mandatory. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining soil mix, and the soil is kept lightly moist until roots develop, which typically takes a few weeks. After rooting, the new Geranium plant can be transferred to a larger pot or the garden. It is important to keep the newly potted plant in a bright area with indirect light to promote healthy growth.