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6202 Walkers Line,
Burlington, ON

Calliope Geraniums
Calliope Dark Red

Photo: Calliope Dark Red, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouses, May 2010
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2009. Available May 2011 in 4½" pots, planters, and hanging baskets.

  • Description

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

    Where to plant: flower beds, containers, and hanging baskets

    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. Again and again people would rave about it -when they came to our farm or dropped by market. People called months in advance to make sure we were growing it again. We are!

    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 new class of geraniums, know as an "interspecific geranium". 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 Dark Red (first released 2009)
    Calliope Scarlet Fire (first released 2010)

    Caliente Series: another interspecific series by Syngen
    ta. first released in 2005, we are looking forward to growing it for the first time in 2011

    Caliente Orange
    Caliente Lavender
    Caliente Pink
    Caliente Rose

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

  • Further Information
    Our Calliope Geraniums are by Syngenta)