Geranium Seeds - Apple Blossom
- Seed Count: 5 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 90-120 days from germination
- Plant Type: Tender Perennial
- Origin: Native to South Africa, widely cultivated
- Height: 12-18 inches tall
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, fertile, and slightly acidic to neutral soil
- Special Features: Fragrant leaves, attractive pink and white blossoms
History: Geraniums are one of the most popular flowering plants in the world, and they come in a wide variety of colors and forms. Native to South Africa, these plants have been cultivated extensively and have adapted to various climatic conditions around the globe. The Apple Blossom variety is a particular standout for its distinctive pink and white blossoms and fragrant leaves, resembling the blooms of an apple tree. Over the years, geraniums like the Apple Blossom have been cherished for their beauty, versatility, and comparatively simple maintenance requirements.
Uses: Geraniums, especially the Apple Blossom variety, have a range of uses in the garden and home. Their attractive blossoms make them a popular choice for flower beds, hanging baskets, and container gardening. Their fragrant leaves offer not only aesthetic appeal but can also serve to repel certain pests, making them useful companion plants. This variety's elegant pink and white blooms can add a soft touch of color to your outdoor or indoor spaces. Additionally, the Apple Blossom geranium is also often used for cut flowers, as its blooms are long-lasting and its foliage is attractive.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Growing Apple Blossom geraniums from seed is a relatively straightforward process. For best results, start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost date. Plant the seeds in a well-drained, fertile soil mix, at a depth of about 1/8 inch. They should be placed in a bright location but out of direct sunlight until they germinate. Once the seedlings have two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted to larger pots or directly into the garden if the weather conditions are suitable. These plants prefer full sun to partial shade and should be placed in well-drained soil that is slightly acidic to neutral. The geraniums will reach a mature height of 12-18 inches and will require regular watering, especially during dry periods. Expect blooms within 90-120 days from germination, and with good care, they can provide a season-long display.