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BOTANICAL NAME: Pelargonium Zonal 'Darko Blue'
GROUP/CLASS: Darko Series
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 10 to 12 inches
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 12 to 14 inches
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Lavender - Blue
FLOWERING TIME: Early Summer to Mid-Fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark Green Leaves
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
Darko Blue Geranium features bold balls of lightly lavender-blue flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its tomentose round palmate leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Darko Blue Geranium is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Darko Blue Geranium is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Darko Blue Geranium will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 to 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Darko Blue Geranium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.