Star Zonal Geranium, David MacTavish,
Hutchinson Farm Greenhouses, Burlington, ON,
May 7 2010
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1982. Available May
2016, in 4½" pots.
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"
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
Pinto Premium Coral
Pinto Premium Deep Red
Pinto Premium Deep Rose
Pinto Premium Lavender
Pinto Premium Lavender Rose
Pinto Premium Orange Bicolor
Pinto Premium Rose Bicolor
Pinto Premium Salmon
Pinto Premium Salmon Splash
Pinto Premium Scarlet
Pinto Premium Violet
Pinto Premium White
Pinto Premium White to Rose