Dark Red, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm
Greenhouses, May 2010
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
2009. Available May 2017, in 4½" pots, planters,
and hanging baskets.
Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun
Where to plant: hanging baskets , containers,
Height: 4 - 8"
Cascade: 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
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
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.
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
Medium Crimson Flame (new 2016)
Calliope Large Dark Red (released 2009)
Calliope Medium Hot Pink (released 2013)
Calliope Medium Lavender Rose (released
Calliope Large Scarlet Fire (released 2010)