Dark Red, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm
Greenhouses, May 2010
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
2009. Available May 2022, in 4½" pots, planters,
and hanging baskets.
Winter Hardiness: Annual (can take a light frost)
Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun
Where to plant: hanging baskets , containers,
Height: 4 - 8"
Cascade: 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
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.
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
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)