Star Zonal Geranium, David MacTavish,
Hutchinson Farm Greenhouses, Burlington, ON,
May 7 2010
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1982. Available May
2019, in 4½" pots.
Seed geraniums grown at Hutchinson Farm are hands-down
the best landscape geranium you can grow. They
outperform geraniums grown from cuttings...more blooms,
a bigger plant, so more show per plant. Alas, they don't
sell as well as the cuttings! Why? At the time of
purchase in May, seed geraniums do not have as many
blooms as the cuttings, and they are big and floppy. But
if you plant these in your garden, these poor greenhouse
performers will outshine the cuttings all summer long.
Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun
Where to plant: In the garden, or very large
Height: 12" - 18"
Width: 12" - 18"
- Garden Performance
The best geranium for garden beds.
They're almost too big and impractical for
greenhouse cultivation (that's our problem, not
yours), but outdoors in beds, seed geraniums
thrive, with outstanding vigour and blossom
production. In massed bed plantings, they require
less maintenance, and outperform all other
geraniums. The flower blossoms are full -look at
the photo, the blossom looks great even though
only about 20% of the florets are open!
Water only when soil is completely dry,
fertilize weekly. Deadhead when necessary.
Avoid rain. Seed geraniums may dwarf other
geranium varieties, be cautious if you're
mixing your cuttings and your seed
Warning: Not all seed geraniums are created
Because seed geraniums are so vigorous, most
growers spray seed geraniums with lots of
plant growth regulators. PGR's keep plants
short and compact (small and weenie?) which
makes them easier to grow in the greenhouse,
but makes them disappointing in the garden.
At Hutchinson Farm, we want vigorous
flowers, so we never use PGR's on any of our
- Colours and Varieties
The Pinto series was our standard seed
geranium from the 1980's, but we hadn't grown
them since the 1990's, when they vanished from
the catalogs. In 2014 they were re-introduced
(as an improved "Premium" geranium). They are
terrific, with some really beautiful colours,
so we're pleased to offer them once again.
Other types or series of Geraniums:
Pinto Premium Coral
Pinto Premium Deep Red
Pinto Premium Lavender
Pinto Premium Lavender Rose
Pinto Premium Rose Bicolor
Pinto Premium Salmon
Pinto Premium Scarlet
Pinto Premium Violet
Pinto Premium White
Pinto Premium White to Rose
grown from seed