In 1966, Boston was derived geranium, which has the shape of a tulip. The main feature of tulip Pelargonium are its flowers resembling tight buds of tulips.
Currently displayed only 14 hybrids of this species of geranium. Flower structure complicates the creation of new varieties of a geranium. The petals of the plant densely stacked and have not been disclosed, and it is difficult dusty.
Depending on the variety flower can reach a height of 30 to 70 cm About 50 florets are collected in fluffy inflorescences, their color is varied:. From light pink to dark maroon.
The most popular varieties:
Geranium Germa has large inflorescences of red-orange color. Long-lasting blooms from April to September.
Emma Fran Bengtsbo – sort of oblong flowers pale pink hue. Sensitive to watering. With a lack of moisture leaves begin to curl.
Lilian Andrea grows well, it has a compact crown. Beautiful shape of flowers with crimson petals, slightly pointed upward. Leaves green, slightly velvety.
Marbeka tulpan river lush blooms white flowers, with a slight pinkish tinge. Dark green shiny leaves are round. She needs to regularly trim the crown.
Pandora Rouge – bright carmine buds, with streaks. Dark green leaves – round shape.
Patricia Andrea with dark pink flowers, the inside of the petals painted darker than the outside, well-kept shape of a tulip. In the variety carved large leaves with a distinctive glow.
Terms of care
Pelargonium tulip, what kind of flower, and how to care for them? Care for this type of geranium as easy as for the rest, but the conditions of care must be observed.
In most cases, this group differs from Pelargonium undemanding grades: The watering must be respected mode, fertilizing, as well as protection from disease and harmful insects at all times. In addition, you will need to choose the right place for Pelargonium.
Light and location
The plant prefers diffused light, and the pots placed in bright areas, but not in direct sunlight. Otherwise, they can burn. Lighting should be sufficient, otherwise the flower will be drawn, crown loses its shape and the plant will not bloom. If the winter to add lighting fitolamp then geraniums can bloom all year round.
From the hot sun burns may appear on the leaves. Additionally, the flower can not be placed near the central heating devices. Hot air is detrimental to this geranium. If the cold weather is too warm in the room, geranium will not bloom in the summer.
Additional information!The room where it grows pelargonium, regularly ventilate, but avoid drafts.
In the warmer months the pots with flowers can be taken on the balcony or in the garden. This can be done when the outside air temperature rises above 15 degrees. Stems should be high-grade tie rods. Otherwise it can be damaged by the wind. In daylight, it is recommended to hang a fluorescent lamp on the device.
What should be the soil? The soil for plants such as tulip Pelargonium should be fertile, fertilizer. For planting can use conventional universal soil for indoor plants or soil mixture to make their own: a ratio of 2: 2: 1:
- normal soil;
- coarse sand.
Note!In the summer can be planted tulip geranium near the house, on a conventional lawn.
Pelargonium tulip loves the water more than other geraniums, and it has a feature to accumulate water in the stems. Watering is desirable when the top 1.5 cm layer of dry. Water for Irrigation should take room temperature, boiled or stand for 24 hours.
With a lack of moisture the lower leaves turn yellow. Watering in the summer is carried out once a day, in the winter – no more than once a week. Necessarily requires good drainage layer at the bottom of the pot. For this purpose, concrete block. If the water in the pot is stagnant, the plant roots begin to rot.
Important!The pots with tulip geranium placed on a stand, which drains the excess water, and which must be drained after watering. Lack of drainage and excess moisture leads to root rot and death of the plant.
How to feed
The soil is usually fertilized only during the warmer months. Use mineral and organic fertilizing simultaneously. You can use homemade organic fertilizer: for example, eggshells, tea leaves, nettle infusion or fertilizer for flowering plants.
How to choose a home geranium pots
When growing these plants is important to select the correct not only the soil mixture, but the pots themselves. It is best suited for these colors clay pots and wooden boxes.
You should not choose too large a pot or box pelargonievogo tulip. Containers is best to choose a small size approximately the diameter of about 14 cm and a height of 10-15 cm. If the container is too large, geranium will bloom. It also should not be so small, otherwise the flower will grow poorly.
Depending on the growth, it is necessary to transplant the flower every two or three years.
Make bush Pelargonium beautiful and compact as possible and the top of the stems undercutting. The procedure at the beginning of spring. stem cutting technique can dramatically change the shape of a geranium. It causes the development of young shoots and flower becomes branched.
Old and unattractive shoots just cut from the bush. At the same time, each stem is about 5 kidneys.
Work should be done with clean hands and clipped plots treated with the alcoholic means. After cutting the plant is necessary to feed.
How to propagate pelargonium
For years, stem cuttings were a popular way of geranium breeding. Reproduction tulip geranium is possible in two ways, as in other species: planting seeds and rooting cuttings, cut from the parent plant.
Since plants are cut vertical shoots with two or three leaves, inflorescence removed. Stem previously immersed in a pulverized coal. Planting is carried out in a few hours after cutting in plastic cups. They are placed on the south window and slightly pritenyayut. Once the root system fills the cups, the young plants are transplanted to a permanent container.
Seeds are planted in boxes in January or February. They are placed on the soil surface and lightly sprinkle. The container is covered with glass or foil. Dive after the appearance of seedlings in the 2-4 leaf young plants. After 6-8 weeks the plants are placed in a permanent capacity at the same depth at which they are growing in a box. On the balcony of their boxes are thrown at a distance of 20-25 cm, depending on the variety.
Diseases and pests
Suffer from these rare flowers home. Incorrect care geranium may be affected by disease and pest.
- Whitefly: yellowing and leaf fall
- Spider mite: on the plant forms a small web, there are small yellow and white dots, dry leaves
- Gray mold: dark gray coating on the foliage
- Blackleg: yellow leaves, then stems blacken
Upon infection of a flower “blackleg” in order to avoid contamination of other plants, it must be destroyed.
Geranium flowers often decorate gardens and windowsills of houses. Tulip geranium draws its bright and varied colors. Useful properties of plants can be used in the struggle with depression and insomnia. Essential oils of geranium soothe the nervous system.