GEOPHYTE is a type of plant which PELARGONIUM APPENDICULATUM belongs. This plant grown up to 30 cm tall with a very short stem, covered with grey, irregularly incised, feathery leaves. Its FLOWERS are color white but sometimes pale yellow. It has an ear shaped, exceptionally broad and rigid stipules.
The plant’s name APPENDICULATUM refers to the its appearance which has a LARGE STIPULES.
Its STEM is BARELY or VERY SHORT. While its LEAVES are NEARLY ALL RADICAL, on long, villous petioles, 2- to 3- pinnately compound, 7-10 cm long, lamina elliptic to ovate in outline, greyish-green, densely silky and villous, with the leaflets finely and irregularly incised into many narrow-linear, obtuse lobes. HAIRS GLANDULAR. STIPULES VERY CONSPICOUS, dilated broadly ovate, or ear-shaped, rigid, coriaceous, spreading, ribbed united and decurrent with the base of the petioles for 2/3 of their length, often 2.5 cm wide. FLOWER STALK HAIRY rather taller than the leaves divided a little above the base into 1-3 angular strongly furrowed branches each bearing a hairy umbel of 8-15 smallish rose colored flowers on long stalks with densely hairy bracts.
ABOUT PELARGONIUM APPENDICULATUM’S FLOWER
HYPANTHIUM (flower’s tube) long 8–10 times as long as the hispid, linear, obtuse sepals. Petals 5, pale yellow, upper 2 spatulate with small pale pink or dark red blotches in the center, lower 3 ligulate. FERTILE STAMENS 5, of different lengths, pollen orange.
PELARGONIUM APPENDICULATUM’S BLOOMING SEASON
This plant is an early flowering species, this grow from SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER in habitat.These plants bloom NORMALLY and seed can be produced by pollinating two different plants and the seed heads carry up to five seeds in a cluster that scatter when ripe.
This plant grows on WINTER RAIN and heads fo summer dormancy, and autumn is the best time to encourage sprouting. The growing season in NORTHERN HEMISPHERE is from SEPTEMBER TO MARCH. Paying attention to the particular growing requirement of PELARGONIUM APPENDICULATUM is especially important. The growing season for these plants starts as DAYLIGHT and TEMPERATURE DECREASE; this is usually MID-AUGUST. This is when you CAN INCREASE WATERING. PELARGONIUM APPENDICULATUM completely vanish when dormant. They grow through the winter, REQUIRING STRONG LIGHT AND LIGHT FERTILIZATION WHEN WATERED. If you provide it with the right conditions, it will reward you with its unique shape and size. However, this is a tricky plant that is very particular about its growing conditions and require the right maintenance in order to keep happy. These plants do better in a GREENHOUSE THAN IN INDOORS.
ABOUT THE SOIL
- It does best with a mix that has almost NO ORGANIC MATERIAL AT ALL. Perlite can be substituted for pumice, but it tends to rise to the surface of the mixture. It can grow outdoor in sunny, dry, rock crevices (protection against winter wet is required).
ABOUT RE POTTING
- AVOID to PUT IT TO ANOTHER POT FREQUENTLY. This plant may stay in the SAME POT FOR MANY YEARS.
- DO NOT APPLY TOO MUCH FERTILIZER, take note of that. Feed it ONCE DURING the growing season with a fertilizer specifically formulated for cactus and succulents (poor in nitrogen), including all micro nutrients and trace elements diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. It thrives in poor soils and need a LIMITED SUPPLY OF FERTILIZER to avoid the plants developing excess vegetation, which is easily attacked by fungal diseases. ENSURE A VERY GOOD VENTILATION.
In summer, the plant needs to be kept in a cool area. It also needs a light shade or morning sun in summer. But keep in mind that you have to avoid direct sun as it grows wild among rocks and under the shade of other plants)
From EARLY FEBRUARY TO LATE APRIL, make sure to water the plants at a minimum temperature of +14 ° C. Dormancy can involve loss of all leaves, these plants usually go dormant AROUND APRIL. Stop fertilizing at the time when you already cut back watering. Make sure that it is dry in summer and winter, at a minimum temperature of +8 ° C. PELARGONIUM APPENDICULATUM in cultivation is usually so OVER WATERED AND OVER FERTILIZED. Correctly grown, this is a beautiful, compact and dense plant. A dry dormant period help keep plant growth from becoming too lush and seem to promote regular blooming.
REPRODUCTION OF THE PLANT
- ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, you can plant a seed, just make sure that it is autumn because it is the best season that the plants are most successful (months of August to November in Northern Hemisphere) To sprout tout the seeds, you need a cool temperature. In planting the seeds, you have to press the tip all the way down and the tall stem sticking up or broken off (either way, it doesn’t seem to matter). Using a distilled water, keep the soil moist. But seeds germinate in spring too. In Spring, seeds need to germinate too. It can be very UNPREDICTABLE, and can take place over a long period of time so do not throw away the sowing tray as some seeds sprout after being in the pot for MORE THAN A YEAR (and seem to need the heat of summer in order to break dormancy). Seedlings have pretty good initial growth, reaching a handleable size in a year, but seems best to grow them on for two years before to try to transplant them. There is a way of overcoming the long time periods and the inhibitors; that is, by scarifying the seeds.
- These plants stay mostly pest-free but can be troubled, especially if over-stressed, by mealy bugs and mites.