Amethyst (Contessa Lavender) Ivy Geranium, David
MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouse #3,
Burlington, ON, April 22 2006
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
the late 20th century. Available May 2016, in
4½" pots and hanging baskets.
Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun
Where to plant: Containers or hanging baskets
Height: 6 - 8"
Cascade: 12" - 18"
Ivy geraniums, just like like all 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. Fertilize weekly with an all purpose
fertilizer (note: if you bought our ivy geranium
hanging baskets, we would have added slow release
fertilizer to them when you purchased them, so you
don't need to fertilize them). These full blossom
ivies require 'dead-heading' (removing the dead
blooms), which should be done as needed,
especially after heavy rain.
- Colours and Varieties
There are three major types of
ivy geraniums: the fine petaled Minicascades,
and the semi doubles which we are describing
here. In 2009 Syngenta renamed all of the ivy
geraniums. We mostly go by the old names which
are in brackets.
Burgundy Bicolor (Picasso)
Other types or series of Geraniums:
Contessa Lavender (Amethyst)
Contessa Purple (Black Magic)
Contessa Double Lilac
Freestyle Cherry Rose
Temprano Salmon (Molina)