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Geranium Summer Skies 'Gernic'

Geranium Summer Skies 'Gernic'
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Price:  £4.50
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Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Blue
Leaf Colour:  Green
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  45cm to 60cm (18" to 2')
Pot Size:  9cm

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(Geranium pratense x Geranium himalayense 'Plenum'?)

Pale violet-blue double flowers on this recent hybrid. Reasonable soil in sun, deciduous. PBR 60cm.

A novelty introduced in the late 1990s, this makes a neat clump of meadow cranesbill type leaves and stocky stems topped with clusters of pretty much fully double flowers in mid-summer.  Unfortunately doesn't seem to repeat flower.  Usually shorter than both it's supposed parents to only 45cm, but can get to 60cm when established and growing well.

Unusually for a Geranium we find that this cultivar tends to take 3-4 years to settle in properly and will then produce better growth and more flowers, and the flowers will open properly.  Many people have been dissapointed with young plants as the flowers tend not to open and go mouldy while still in bud - be patient!  After many years of growing Summer Skies 'Gernic' we are now finding it a much better plant than first thought and recommend it.  The only downsides are it's slow rate of increase and the fact that it is protected by Plant Variety Rights.

Raised by Kevin Nicholson, Cambridgeshire and introduced by Blooms of Bressingham, c. 1998.


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