Geums produce flowers in yellow, orange, white or red. Some can be used in rock gardens and winter protection is suggested. Geums like full sun or partial shade and a well drained soil. Winter kill may be severe in clay soil. Plants range in height from 8 inches to 2 feet.
Propagation is by seed or division. Divide every 2 to 3 years to get rid of the old woody growth and to improve longevity and flowering. Division may be done in spring or fall. The seed germinates in 3 to 4 weeks at 65 to 75 degrees.
Geum borisii Grows 8 inches tall and has orange flowers. Suitable for rock gardens but does not tolerate heat and drought.
Geum hybrids Geum hybrids can be 2 and a half feet tall when in bloom. The red, yellow, or orange flowers may be single or double. The flowers may be cut when they are produced May through August. The plants need winter protection and die out if overcrowded. These hybrids need exposure to full sun and a well drained soil rich in organic matter. A soggy soil during winter kills the plants. It takes about 3 years to get blooming size plants from seed.
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