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Geranium macranta


Characteristics of the macranta geranium


Ideal for enhancing balconies and window sills by creating real hanging flower beds. These geraniums are easy to cultivate and with a few tricks we will see them grow quickly even up to sixty centimeters in height, as well as flourish again for four to five months a year.
This type of geraniums is native to South Africa and can be grown in greenhouses, in pots outside homes or even placed in the garden where the climate is rather mild, as in southern Italy or along the coasts. The geraniums that grow in the soil better withstand thermal and water stresses and parasitic infections, and they also reach more considerable dimensions.
The geranium macranta It is very popular and is also called geranium "fantasy", "five spots" or "butterfly" due to the shape of the inflorescences. Its slightly velvety flowers, simple or double, are showy and with bright colors, in shades of white, pink, red and lilac and also in orange, pink with red spots and lavender with dark spots. The leaves of this plant are scented, slightly curled up and with a toothed outline.

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The macranta geranium is multiplied by cuttings in August, working on the most luxuriant and flowery part of the plant.
The cuttings should be cut on the tip with a very sharp knife, with at least three leaves completed then removing the one lower down, they should be left to dry in the shade for twenty-four hours and then planted in jars of five centimeters in diameter. The ideal soil should have two parts of peat each part of silica sand. The cuttings are then watered keeping the leaves more moist than the soil and left in the shade for about four days. When they begin to sprout they must then be moved into pots of about eight centimeters in diameter.
The cuttings must winter in the greenhouse at about ten degrees.