All You Need to Know About the Geranium Psilostemon
If you are interested in a classic plant that is both attractive and easy to maintain, then you might be interested in the geranium psilostemon. There are over 300 species of flowers and plants in the geranium genus, including the focus of this article, the geranium psilostemon. Most people readily recognize the name geranium, because they are very common and popular flowers to have in gardens, in baskets on patios, and lining a driveway, terrace, or sidewalk. This article will serve as a guide to this particular type of geranium so you can have a healthy and vibrant shrub in your backyard.
This type of geranium (also known as cranesbill) is a herbaceous perennial, which means it blooms during a particular time of the month, ‘dies’, then re-emerges from the root instead of seeds (like annuals). Some perennials live only one or two seasons, but your geranium will live quite a while if you care for it. Fortunately, it does not take much to maintain this gorgeous plant. The psilostemon will bloom in early summer to late summer, depending on when you plant it. It is generally recommended to plant the psilostemon in early spring, so that it is fully developed by winter.
A geranium psilostemon is generally considered to be a fairly hardy plant, with tolerances for dry soil, pollution, sloped terrain, heat, and humidity. It can also be grown in just about any kind of soil out there, as long as it is not excessively wet or moist, and can survive and flourish in hardiness zones five through nine. If you can get the soil to within a pH of five to eight, though, you will have the best chance for a full and healthy plant. Also, you can plant this geranium in anything ranging from partial shade to full sun. Just make sure it is not in full shade and you will be fine. As mentioned, this plant can thrive in a variety of places and regions and is quite hardy, requiring little annual maintenance.
You can recognize a geranium psilostemon readily by its rounded, lobed leaves (that are sometimes palm shaped) and bright purple leaves with five petals and a black center. The plant can reach a spread of up to four feet and can get as high as two to three feet. Because of the quickness with which perennials like psilostemons grow, you will need to occasionally prune and pare these plants as to avoid unsightly overgrowth and provide plenty of opportunities to flourish. Geraniums as a whole make great border plants because of how they spread; if you keep them pruned, you can line them along a driveway and create a very scenic avenue for your home.
The only other regular maintenance you will need to perform on this plant is watering. You should water your psilostemon about once a week, with approximately one inch of water per time. They are not very thirsty plants, so you will more than likely not have to water them repeatedly. One exception is if you live in an excessively dry climate. If so, either water twice a week, or place stones and rocks on the top of the plant. This will help keep the moisture in.
All in all, the geranium psilostemon is a wonderful plant for just about any locale or environment. There are few places that will not benefit from this attractive and fragrant plant’s presence. You do not have to spend all your waking hours caring for this plant either; just a little water and pruning and it will have a long and healthy life. If you want a geranium, you cannot go wrong with the psilostemon in your backyard or garden.