Hutchinson Farm Flower Guide
Interspecific Geraniums
Calliope Dark
Photo: Calliope Dark Red, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouses, May 2010
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2009. Available May 2016, in 4" pots, planters, and hanging baskets.

  • Description

    Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
    Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun

    Where to plant: hanging baskets
, containers, flower beds
    Height: 4 - 8"
    4 - 8"

    Calliope Dark Red was first released in 2009. In all our years of growing geraniums, we have never had such positive feedback about any other Geranium. Again and again people would rave about it when they came to our farm or dropped by market.

    What's so great about it? Calliope Dark Red is a fantastic colour. A beautiful pure red, and as Joel Goldsmith (president of Goldsmith Seeds) said at the 2009 Canadian Greenhouse Conference keynote address, "It's the red geranium everyone has been waiting for."

    Calliope is a new class of geraniums, know as an "interspecific geranium". It is essentially a cross between a zonal geranium, and an ivy geranium. Big blooms like the zonals, with a semi-trailing habit. Wow! Lots of big blooms all season long -superb for hanging baskets and containers.

  • Growing Guide
    Geraniums like it dry, and they like to be fed. Water only when soil is completely dry. It is best to water first thing in the morning, and water the soil at the base of the geranium, try to keep the geranium itself dry, especially the blooms. Fertilize weekly with an all purpose fertilizer. 'Dead-heading' (removing the dead blooms), should be done as needed, especially after heavy rain..

  • Colours and Varieties

    Caliope Series:
    Calliope Burgundy (released 2013)
    Calliope Crimson Flame (new 2016)
    Calliope Dark Red (released 2009)
    Calliope Hot Pink (released 2013)
    Calliope Lavender Rose (released 2013)
    Calliope Scarlet Fire (released 2010)

    Caliente Series: Same habit as the Calliopes, blossoms are smaller, but more colours!

    Caliente Coral
    Caliente Dark Rose (released 2013)
    Caliente Fire (released 2014)
    Caliente Hot Coral
    Caliente Lavender
    Caliente Orange
    Caliente Pink
    Caliente Rose

  • Other types or series of Geraniums:
    Rocky Mountain Series
    Exotic Leaf
    Zonals grown from seed