Geranium ‘Azure Rush’ Cranesbill Geranium
Geranium ‘Azure Rush’Cranesbill Geranium forms a compact mound of deeply-cut green leaves, bearing loose clusters of light blue flowers with purple veining flowering from early summer through to fall. Tolerates summer heat better in partial shade and when given adequate moisture. Performs well towards the front of a border, also excellent for massing or in mixed containers, hanging baskets and window boxes.
Additional Product Info
Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Plant type: Perennial
Growth rate: Medium
Height: 45-50 cm 18-20 Inches
Spread: 60-70 cm 23-27 Inches
Foliage color: Deep Green
Blooms: Early Summer to Mid Fall
Flower color: Deep Blue Mauve/Lilac
Soil Moisture: Average or Dry or Moist
Special features: Drought Tolerant
Uses: Border Containers, Edging ,Ground Cover Massed Plantings, Woodland
Light/Watering: Light shade to full sun in the North and part shade in the South will allow these plants to reach peak performance. Most adapt well to short periods of dry conditions, and all respond to regular watering. Geranium sanguineum and its varieties tolerate drought, especially in cooler climates.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Geraniums thrive in average, well-drained soils that are slightly acid to neutral and will benefit from a light application of balanced, granular fertilizer in early spring. Short, dry periods are tolerated by most.
Pests/Diseases: No serious pests or diseases occur in this hardy group.
Companions: Good complements include Catmint (Nepeta), Lilies, Gas Plant (Dictamnus), Delphinium, and Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum x superba).
Reflowering: With the exception of Bigroot Geranium (G. macrorrhizum) and Bloody Cranesbill (G. sanguineum) varieties, Geraniums have a tendency to sprawl after bloom. Cut plants back hard, to 2-3 inches above soil level, after the first wave of bloom. They will respond with a fresh crop of foliage that looks attractive through the season, and possible sporadic reblooming depending on variety.
Dividing/Transplanting: Cranesbill rarely needs dividing; it is possible with some plants to separate out divisions and replant in spring or early fall. Transplant with care in early spring.
End-of-Season Care: Cut back in autumn after several killing frosts, if desired.
Calendar of Care -- Geranium
Early Spring: Apply a light application of balanced or slow-release fertilizer or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears. Supplement nitrogen during periods of prolonged rain to counter natural leaching. Water well if it is unseasonably dry as most prefer an evenly moist soil. Transplant now, if needed, and in some varieties, small pieces with roots may be removed from the edges of the plant for propagation.
Mid-Spring: Taller or sprawling varieties benefit by support with brushy twigs or interwoven, slender stakes.
Late Spring: Water if extended dry periods occur.
Summer: Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves. If plants are overtaking their allotted space, cut back to three inches; the new foliage will look lovely for the rest of the season.
Fall: Cut foliage back to soil level. After the ground is frozen, mulch to protect plants from heaving out of the soil in winter.
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