Which location does the cranesbill prefer?
Depending on the type and variety, the cranesbill can be planted in sunny, partially shaded and even shady locations. The table below gives you a selection.
- Location depends on the cranesbill species
- Cranesbill - Suitable species for shady gardens
- Many cranesbill varieties are suitable for ground cover
Which soil is optimal for the cranesbill?
Almost all cranesbills prefer loamy, humus-rich soil, with some preferring it to be dry, others preferring it to be moist.
When is the right time to plant / sow?
The cranesbill is sown or planted in spring.
Which plant spacing should be kept?
The planting distance also differs considerably depending on the species and variety. The table below gives you a good overview of how many plants of a certain species you should plan for per square meter of space.
What is the best way to multiply the cranesbill?
The cranesbill can best be propagated by sowing or dividing. For some species, vegetative propagation using cuttings is also useful.
When does the cranesbill bloom?
Most cranesbill species bloom in June / July, although there are also early blooming and late blooming species. By cutting back after flowering, some cranesbills can be stimulated to flower again.
Good Neighbors / Bad Neighbors
Many cranesbill species harmonize very well with roses and / or peonies.
Site requirements and planting distances at a glance
|Cranesbill species||Latin name||Location||ground||Plants per square meter|
|Cambridge cranesbill||Geranium cantabrigiense||sunny to partially shaded||loamy-humic||16|
|Gray cranesbill||Geranium cinereum||full sun||loamy-humic, slightly alkaline||25th|
|Clarke's cranesbill||Geranium clarkei||sunny to partially shaded||loamy-humic, nutrient-rich||11|
|Rozanne||Geranium x cultorum||sunny to partially shaded||loamy-humic, nutrient-rich||4th|
|Himalayan cranesbill||Geranium himalayense||sunny to partially shaded||loamy-humic, nutrient-rich||8th|
|Heart-leaved cranesbill||Geranium ibericum||sunny to partially shaded||loamy-humic, nutrient-rich||8th|
|Rock cranesbill||Geranium macrorrhizum||sunny, partially shaded or shady||loamy-humic, moderately rich in nutrients||11|
|Magnificent cranesbill||Geranium magnificum||sunny to partially shaded||loamy-humic, nutrient-rich||11|
|Knotty mountain forest cranesbill||Geranium nodosum||sunny to shady||loamy-humic, moderately rich in nutrients||11|
|Oxford cranesbill||Geranium oxonianum||sunny to shady||loamy-humic, moderately rich in nutrients||5|
|Brown cranesbill||Geranium phaeum||sunny to shady||loamy-humic, moist||6th|
|Armenian cranesbill||Geranium psilostemon||sunny||loamy-humic, nutrient-rich||3 to 5|
|Caucasian cranesbill||Geranium renardii||sunny||moderately fertile, dry, slightly alkaline||11|
|Blood-red cranesbill||Geranium sanguineum||sunny||loamy-humic, moderately rich in nutrients||7 to 16|
|Siberian cranesbill||Geranium wlassovianum||sunny to partially shaded||dry, humic||8th|
Many hybrids such as “Rozanne”, “Nimbus”, “Orion” or “Salome” offer an exceptionally long flowering period.
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