Shading, Ventilation, Air Circulation and regular Watering
are essential for healthy Scented Leaf Pelargoniums
especially during hot and sunny periods
In this article we take a look at the importance of Shading.
Ventilation, Air Circulation and regular Watering are covered in further articles in our Hot Topics.
(This artcile was written in 2010!)
The soaring temperatures we are currently enjoying here in the UK and Ireland are a welcome change after such a long, very cold winter, which continued well into Spring. So, having had to pay attention of how to protect our Scented Leaf's and other tender plants from the frost, damp and extreme cold we now have to take a look at the other extreme to keep our plants healthy. Here's a few tips:
Scenteds do not like or enjoy full on sunshine.This applies to whether your SLP's are inside the home, in a greenhouse or tunnel, or planted out in the garden.
In the home - if your plants are sitting on a window sill that receives full on sun you will need to move them or they will suffer, or even die. If you consider that the sun's rays are significantly magnified through glass, the result will be that it is like putting a blow torch to your plants. It's like us mad Brits who at the first sign of sun when we sit out at mid-day with full on rays and burn ourselves stupid in the hope of a tan that never materialises! We end up looking like a lobster, we are in absolute agony and subsequently our skin peels and we are back to looking whiter than white. If you have nowhere else to relocate your plants at least consider putting up a fine net curtain at the window to help protect them.
With the intense heat of the past week we do recommend that you observe what is happening to your Scented Leaf Geraniums and take appropriate action regarding Shading.
If you have any constructive comments or questions regarding Shading please email us by clicking here Contact Us.
We hope that the above was interesting and helpful.
Annie & Guy