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Re: feeding sp Pelargoniums

Hi Ingrid
I am a pels hobbist in Korea. I had similar problems of slow glowth of pels(more than 30 species) from seeds of IGS seed center in this year.
One hint for improving the situation in my case was to increase the light. By limited amount of sun light I put artificail fluorecent bulb additionally, then it worked and growth speed was much faster. Now I am enjoying the small cute flowers of P. australe seeded in April.
During germination and young growth I used relatively nutrient rich growing medium, and now I am repoting them to well drained medium.
I do not have any ideas about the growth differences by the medium and feed rate.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ingrid <alfmike@ALGONET.SE>
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 6:09 AM
Subject: feeding sp Pelargoniums

> Greetings from Sweden!
> This Spring I bought some P ferulaceum seeds from a firm in England,
> gave some to a friend. Lots germinated...for both him and me.
> I gro my pels in a very fast draining medium, I seldom feed them,
> perhaps once or twice a year, and they stay small and puny for some
> time.
> My friend brought in one of his plants to show me. Large plant,
> potted in a bonsai dish, and such large nice roots, TWENTY times as
> large as mine.....but with the main stem crudely chopped off and some
> side branches beginning to form below the cut.
> This got me thinking....maybe I ought to feed more. So I am
> asking...how often and how much do you feed your species pelargoniums?
> Ingrid

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