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Geranium 'Lord Bute' - S1
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Geranium 'Lord Bute'

Pelargonium hyb.
An antique regal geranium named after John Stuart, the third Earl of Bute, who became Prime Minister of England. It struts velvety flowers of deepest burgundy edged with fuchsia-pink that add a refined contrast with the richly hued petals. A spring bloomer that needs protection from the scorching summer sun and rain–reserve a sheltered spot for this rarity. Keep cold in the fall to initiate buds for a spring encore of remarkable blooms.
SKU #P6175

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Pot: 3.5" h x 2.63" w (9.5 fl oz)
Lifecycle
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
9,
10
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
1.5' h x 1' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Rich, well-drained
Season
Spring to summer
Color
Dark burgundy with fuchsia pink penciled edges
Features
Great for containers
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Notable
RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
About a week after last frost, when nighttime temperatures remain above 40°F.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Geraniums traveled from South Africa and were cultivated and marveled over in early glasshouses of the 1600s, and we love them still for their varied beautiful leaves and flower colors. Provide well-drained soils and allow the soil to dry before watering thoroughly. Deadhead spent flowers regularly and provide some afternoon shade in hot summer areas, for they do best in low humidity, cool to moderate summer areas. Regals require specialized care to bloom abundantly. Trim to shape right after bloom ends in summer and leave potted plants outdoors until temperatures drop into the 40-45F range, hopefully exposing them to six weeks of cool night temperatures. Bring in to a cool room, around 60F to overwinter, and their gorgeous blooms will start to unfold in late winter.
Final Spacing:
1-1.5'
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
About 1" per week is plenty; this hybrid is not as drought tolerant as other geraniums. If overwintering indoors in a cool room, water only after soil is dry 1-2" down into the soil avoiding overwatering.
Soil pH:
Prefers neutral.
Fertilizer:
Fertilize twice a month with a balanced formulation such as 15-15-15.
Diseases & Pests:
Aphids and mealybugs can be troublesome; if detected, treat with an insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid botrytis by spacing properly, not wetting the foliage when watering, and keeping dead plant material, such as spent flowers and leaves, cleaned up.