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PELARGONIUM (MULTIBLOOM SERIES)

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Goldsmith Seeds

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

PELARGONIUM( MULTIBLOOM SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Multibloom Geraniums, Zonal Geranium

Special Notice

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General Description

Early flowering and recently improved for better uniformity and performance in the heat and humidity across summer, the Multibloom Series of zonal geraniums has slightly more open flower clusters that are borne in profusion. Boasting a well-branched but compact habit and tall upright flower stems, its foliage is deep green with zonal coloring (dark green-brown rounded bands). These hybrids are fast growing from seed, blooming quickly (two to three weeks earlier than other geraniums), and were developed by Goldsmith Seeds of California.

Popularly used as summertime annuals, Multibloom Series plants are tender perennials with fragrant, somewhat fleshy evergreen leaves that are rounded with small irregularly scalloped edges. There may be zonal bands of blackened green or bronze-maroon on each leaf, too. The flowers are borne in loose, ball-like terminal clusters above and sometimes fully masking the mass of leaves, attracting butterflies. Each blossom has five petals, and this series' colors include solid and bicolored selections of white, red, lavender and shades of salmon or pink. As of 2009 there were ten different varieties.

Vigorous and easy-to-grow, Multibloom Series zonal geraniums grow best in full to partial sun and average to fertile soil that drains well. Overwatering can result in root or crown rot. These hybrids are everblooming and require regular deadheading for best appearance and flower production. They can be planted in the foreground of mixed beds and borders, window boxes and containers or as edging rows. Although frost-tender and becoming shrub-like in the tropics, Multibloom Series plants will eventually succumb to such extreme tropical rainy season conditions with high heat, oppressive humidity and heavy rains. Therefore in such regions grow them in the winter dry season.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose, Salmon, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No