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Pelargonium 'Dolly Varden' (Z/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding, Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Green, Red and White 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

1-2 years


Preferred common name

pelargonium 'Dolly Varden'

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

Variegated Zonal pelargoniums are bushy evergreen perennials with fleshy stems, rounded, palmately lobed variegated leaves often zoned with maroon, and single or double flowers in shades of purple, red, pink, orange and white, from early to late summer

'Dolly Varden' grows to 40cm in height, with rounded leaves heavily variegated with creamy-white and deep red, and clusters of single scarlet flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings or cut back old plants by one third and lift for storage in frost-free place to repot in spring when growth resumes

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Take softwood cuttings in summer and overwinter plants in frost free conditions or take softwood cuttings in spring

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

Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants

Diseases

Foot and root rots can be a problem in wet soils. Grey moulds are often troublesome in wet conditions. A virus can often be a problem where cultivars are maintained by cuttings. Pelargonium rust can be damaging to zonal pelargoniums and associated hybrids