Hot Rose geranium is new for 2013 offering color that is almost
There is nothing
like a greenhouse ready for spring that makes you forget about the
miserable weather outside. Across our greenhouse, I spotted my
favorite geraniums as if they were sending out a beacon just to draw
me in. Such is the case with the Caliente and the Calliope series.
If you have
longed for geraniums that will give you a summer-long dazzling
performance then you simply must give these geraniums a try. You will
probably find it hard to believe that I am touting geraniums that are
ivy zonal hybrids, but believe me when I say you will not be
Gardeners on the
West Coast love their geraniums and indeed they grow like weeds there
while the rest of us are waiting for the spring and early summer. Now
with Caliente and Calliope, the rest of the country can go pretty much
toe-to-toe with our Pacific friends when it comes to these stunning
During trials I
participated in, these absolutely clobbered the competition. Not only
did they do better than other geraniums, they also beat out several
other hot summer bloomers. It wasn’t just our trials but others as
well. Some might like Caliente best while others like Calliope, but in
the end these were the stalwart summer performers.
several colors in each series, one of which is sure to fit your
palette, but keep your eyes open for the new 2013 selections, which
are Caliente Hot Rose and Calliope Rose Splash.
geraniums have won their recognition grounded in the landscape, I can
promise they are absolutely exquisite in containers where their true
habit can really be shown. Remember they have an ivy geranium habit
that is somewhat spreading, so in a window box or in a basket they
would be simply unbeatable.
But they do
excel in the landscape. Though they have won in absolutely brutal
conditions, ideal conditions would be full sun followed by a little
shade protection during afternoon’s intense heat. They will perform
best when planted in raised beds with fertile organic rich soil. To
prepare your soil, loosen it 8 to 12 inches deep, add 2 to 3 inches of
organic matter incorporating one pound of 12-6-6 fertilizer per 100
square feet, and then rake the soil smooth.
one of the few flowers we grow that are considered heavy feeders.
Unfortunately, many gardeners do not apply enough fertilizer to meet
the plants' nutrient requirements. Feed them with a dilute,
water-soluble fertilizer like a 20-20-20 every two weeks or with a
granular, controlled-released fertilizer per formula recommendations.
When it is time to deadhead old flowers, don't just clip the cluster,
instead pinch or break off the flower stalk at the base.
Spring is just
around the corner, faster than you may think. When you shop for plants
this year, look for those geraniums that have a little of that ivy
habit, and see if they might be Caliente or Calliope. If so, know that
you are getting some of the best new flowers in the market.