Hutchinson Farm Flower Guide
Interspecific Geraniums
Calliope Dark
Photo: Calliope Dark Red, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouses, May 2010
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2009. Available May 2022, in 4" pots, planters, and hanging baskets.

  • Description

    Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
    Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun

    Where to plant: hanging baskets
, containers, flower beds
    Height: 4 - 8"
    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. All season long, customers who bought it would rave about it when they came back to our farm (to buy our other seasonal fruit and veg.).

    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 waiting for."

    Calliope is a class of geraniums, know as "interspecific". 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.

  • Growing Guide
    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

    Calliope Large Dark Red (2009)
    Calliope Large Coral (2020)
    Calliope Large Lavender (2019)
    Calliope Large Lavender Mega Splash (2019)
    Calliope Large Magenta (2018)
    Calliope Large Orange Splash (2020)
    Calliope Large Pink (2018)
    Calliope Large Rose Mega Splash (2019)
    Calliope Large Salmon (2018)
    Calliope Large Scarlet Fire (2010)
    Calliope Medium Violet (2018)
    Calliope Large White (2022) 

  • Other types or series of Geraniums:
    Rocky Mountain Series
    Exotic Leaf
    Zonals grown from seed