Star Zonal Geranium, David MacTavish,
Hutchinson Farm Greenhouses, Burlington, ON,
May 7 2010
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1982. Available May
2018, 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.
Also available is Orange Appeal, the only pure
orange geranium in existence (essentially
exclusive to Hutchinson Farm), and Maverick
Star, with it's delightful colour, huge
blossom heads (they may be the largest of all
geraniums) -it's my favourite geranium of all
Other types or series of Geraniums:
Orange Appeal (not available 2018)
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
New for 2018: Quantum Mix. This is a
skinny petaled geranium, with finger
like leaves similar to the
discontinued Graffiti series. Alas it
is a slow grower, so it seems like it
will be impractical for us to grow.
grown from seed