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Pelargonium 'Sweet Mimosa' (Sc) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

pelargonium 'Sweet Mimosa'

Family

Geraniaceae


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Scented-leaved pelargoniums are evergreen shrubs or perennials with strongly aromatic foliage and small, single flowers in shades of pink, purple and white

'Sweet Mimosa' is an erect plant to 50cm in height, with deeply lobed, balsam-scented leaves and clusters of small pink flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a loam-less or loam-based potting compost in full light with shade from hot sun with good ventilation. When in growth water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in spring and early summer. A high potash fertiliser should be used when in flower. Water sparingly in winter. Can be grown outside in frost-free areas in a fertile soil

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral or Alkaline
  • Sand, Clay, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring, late summer or early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly

Pests

Susceptible to vine weevil, caterpillars and thrips

Diseases

May be subject to grey moulds when grown under glass