Ivy Geranium Plants: Despite the common name, these are not true geranium plants (cranesbill) but actually pelargonium plants (scented geranium, storksbill). The scientific name is Pelargonium peltatum. Other common names include: cascade geraniums, ivy-leaved geranium, ivy-leaf geranium and ivy-leaved pelargonium. Numerous gorgeous variations have been cultivated!
Pelargonium peltatum is a semi-succulent perennial that likes climbing/trailing through other plants in its natural environment. The trailing shoots can grow up to 2 metres (up to 6 to 7 feet); therefore, one plant can cover quite an area!
Cultivated ivy-leaved geraniums are very much loved by gardeners, because they have very pretty flowers and leaves and are easy to maintain and to care for! There are many varieties with different coloured flowers.
The flowers sit in clusters on rather long and strong stems. Yet, it depends on the variation if the flowers sit rather tight and compact or not in clusters. The leaves have a characteristic ivy-like shape, hence the name!
They can also be kept inside as house plants if the outside climate is not suitable for them.
Pruning: Cut them back in spring. This will rejuvenate the plants and encourage branching and flowering.
Propagation: They can be grown from either cuttings or seeds. They are very easy to clone. Pick a strong mother plant and you can divide and transplant it in different pots. Use a sharp, clean knife to cut the plant. Keep the soil with the cuttings moist and the clones will produce roots readily.