Wenhaston: Nursery’s boom in pelargonium sales

Woottens of Wenhaston is holding a Pelargonium Day on Saturday 13 July, Pictured is a Lord Bute pela

Woottens of Wenhaston is holding a Pelargonium Day on Saturday 13 July, Pictured is a Lord Bute pelargonium - Credit: Archant

An ‘old fashioned’ flower is enjoying a renaissance as new fans spring up.

Pelargoniums, sometimes referred to as geraniums, are becoming popular among fans of “vintage chic”, says garden nursery Woottens of Wenhaston, near Halesworth, which is holding a pelargonium day today. “With a new interest in vintage we’ve seen sales of plants almost double in the last year,” said Woottons’ Luci Skinner.

“People may remember pelargoniums, sometimes referred to as geraniums, as the scraggly plants that their gran grew.

“With so many varieties and so many uses from culinary, cosmetic and medicinal they are great value, easy to grow plants.

The plant was popular with Victorians, who used its scent to send messages and perfume the air, pelargonium sales are up by 30% compared to this time last year.

Over 200 varieties of Pelargoniums will be on show at Woottens of Wenhaston today between 10am to 4pm.

The collection includes many rare species.