Pelargonium x hortum cv 'Vancouver Centennial' is one of the prettiest geraniums that I have ever seen. When I got this plant a couple of years ago, I did not know what to expect in terms of growth and durability. The plants have exceeded my expectations. Not only does the plant look great as a foliage plant, the reddish-orange flowers are a plus. The leaves somewhat resemble maple leaves and are a rusty red to bronze with a border of lime green. The ultimate plant height is 1 foot (30 cm) with an equal to a little larger spread. They are very showy plants in containers or in the landscape.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, the plants will bloom all year long. The reddish-orange flowers will reach up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) across.
Culture: Pelargonium x hortum cv 'Vancouver Centennial' need full sun to partial shade with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry slightly before watering again. During the growing season, we fertilize them monthly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Although most geraniums are very drought tolerant, this one does better with regular watering. During the winter months in the greenhouse, we restrict water and fertilizer and the plant are grown more to the dry side.
Propagation: Pelargonium x hortum cv 'Vancouver Centennial' is propagated by cuttings.
Pelargonium x hortum cv 'Vancouver Centennial' was featured as Plant of the Week June 1-7, 2007.
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