Pelargonium 'April Hamilton'
three ivy-leaved pelargoniums
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Flower colour: garnet
- Other features: attractive foliage
- Hardiness: tender
A free flowering, easy to grow, ivy-leaved pelargonium with single, garnet-red flowers. Its trailing habit looks great when it is planted in big blocks in window boxes and hanging baskets, where it will give lashings of summer colour.
'April Hamilton' is available as a collection of three plants in 6.5cm peat pots. They will be dispatched directly from our specialist grower of rarer pelargoniums.
As soon as you receive the plants you will need to pot them up into larger pots or plant them in to their final pots straight away. A great hot tip is to feed your plants every other day with a weak solution of a potash-rich liquid fertiliser, such as Tomorite. You'll be rewarded with masses of flowers throughout the summer on plants about 30-40cm tall.
Do you want to ask a question about this?If so, click on the button and fill in the box below. We will post the question on the website, together with your alias (bunnykins, digger1, plantdotty etc etc) and where you are from (Sunningdale/Glasgow etc). We'll also post the answer to your question!
Q:Hanging basket plants
Hi Can you advise on which plants will give a classic look in my hanging baskets? Not keen on Petunias. Would like ideally a white look, although I do like Pelargonium 'April Hamilton'. What plants would you suggest that would compliment these plants, -not after lots of different vibrant colours. Can you also suggest how many plants per basket, as I would like a good display, and have quite large wicker baskets. Many thanks JuliaAsked on 4/12/2010 by Julia Moss
A:Hello Julia, Most of the bedding we sell comes in collections of mixed colour. We do sell however a collection of white Pelargoniums, which would look very stylish - just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bedding/pelargoniums-collection-of-5-white-pelargoniums/classid.2000004680/ As for numbers, this will depend on how full you want the baskets to look and how big the baskets are. As a very general guide, I would try to plant between 5 - 9 plants in a 12" (30cm) basket. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/12/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hi Helen, I Ihave just placed my order as your suggestion below, looks exactly what I had in mind, but I have just read about them and all seem to be upright growing, .....with this in mind would they be suitable for hanging baskets?Answered on 4/13/2010 by Julia Moss
A:Hello again Julia, You can still plant the upright Geraniums in a hanging baskets, but they will look softer with something trailing around them. There isn't a trailing variety in the collection, but if you want a more cascading effect then perhaps you could also include some trailing Fuchsias http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bedding/fuchsia-trailing/classid.2000012484/ Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/14/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Pelargoniums are not hardy so you will need to wait until after the las
Pelargoniums are not hardy so you will need to wait until after the last spring frost. In London it is usually safe to plant out from mid May.Asked on 3/22/2008 by helen.derrin
A:Please could you advise me of the best time to plant out my Pelargoniums. I live in London.Answered on 9/8/2010 by Kerry Hullett
Many flowering plants can be encouraged to produce better and longer-lasting displays with the minimum of effort. A plant produces flowers in order to reproduce and ensure the survival of the species. Once a plant has flowered and fertilisation has takenRead full article
Watering the garden can take a lot of time during the summer months, especially if there is a prolonged dry spell. If you are new to gardening, it is easy to think the simplest solution is to unravel the hose each evening and shower the whole garden usingRead full article
If you do nothing else...water new plants. Make sure new additions do not suffer during dry spells. Plant up summer containers bedding once the threat of frosts has passed. Feed container plants about six weeks after planting. If it’s a nice day...trim heRead full article
Mediterranean gardens can take on various guises from the rustic and rambling to the formal elegance of an Italian courtyard. However, they all have key features in common, including the use of exotic, sometimes tender, drought-tolerant plants in pots andRead full article
After the last frost date, plant up containers with tender flowering bedding and reliable foliage plants. Line terracotta pots with polythene, taking care not to cover the planting holes, to reduce water loss through the porous sides of the pot.Read full article
The secret to success when planting tender young bedding plants is to plant them at the right stage of development into well-prepared soil so that they don't suffer a check in growth. Always plant tender bedding after the last expected frost date in yourRead full article
Move plants to a coldframe about two or three weeks before you intend to plant them out. Hardy plants such as spring bedding can be moved out to the coldframe as soon as they are large enough. Tougher summer bedding plants, such as alyssum, can be moved oRead full article
Tender perennials, such as pelargoniums, fuchsias, osteospermums and marguerites look great all summer, but unless they are given protection from the harsh winter weather, they will need to be replaced each spring. If you can do this, they will last for yRead full article
These South African plants, often called geraniums, will provide colour for many months with little or no maintenance. Just feed them and deadhead them and they will shine throughout summer and autumn. You can mass them together in a trough, or grow themRead full article