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Head outside with the Regal Pelargonium

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by TJOP • Friday March 27, 2015

Hello spring! The perfect opportunity to introduce you to a grande dame: the Regal Pelargonium, alias Pelargonium grandiflorum. This plant not only has two names, but also two homes, since this lavish bloomer does very well both indoors and outdoors.

Regal Pelargonium, sister of the 'ordinary' Geranium 

The Regal Pelargonium is the sister of the Geranium, and you can see the resemblance. She's not modest, and she’s keen to show you her flowers and colours. The Regal Pelargonium originally travelled from South Africa to Europe, where she likes to spend time outdoors. But be careful: this lady cannot tolerate night frost, so only put her outside when the weather is quite mild.

 

How to look after the Regal Pelargonium outdoors

Once your Regal Pelargonium is on show on your balcony or patio, she can provide colour deep into the autumn. A couple of hours sun per day will trigger lavish flowering. Water her regularly and remove the exhausted flowers - that will keep her happy. If you overwinter the Regal Pelargonium indoors in a cool room and give her a limited amount of water, she will last another year!

 

Hanging Regal Pelargoniums

You probably know the feeling: you look around your home or your workplace and suddenly you want it to look totally different. Luckily a little bit of effort goes a long way. For times like these, we present the Heavenly Regal Pelargonium. A hanging houseplant which gives an instant 'oh la la' effect - and takes away the urge to repaint the walls or move all your furniture around.

 

Styling tip: hang up your plants 

By hanging up Regal Pelargoniums you can create a light, airy partition or lavishly brighten any dull corner. Use different heights in order to keep it playful, and opt for different colours of Regal Pelargoniums. You can also use pots and string in your favourite colour, or colours which will go well with your interior, or even colours which provide a nice contrast. One final tip: use decorative pots without holes, otherwise you will have a regular rain shower indoors.

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