Pelargonium – Daredevil® Rosita

Garden Height
18 - 24
10 - 14
10 - 14
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Code
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant

Maintenance Notes:

Deadheading is necessary for continued blooming.

A yearly application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

There are couple ways to keep your geraniums through the winter, let's see what works best for you.

1. If you have a sun room or other VERY sunny window you can cut your geraniums back and bring them indoors to keep them through the winter. The window should have the brightest light, otherwise the plants will slowly decline from a lack of sun.

2. Another old trick is let you geraniums get very dry and then un-pot them and wash all the soil off the roots and allow them to dry down again, so they will be wilted but very dry. You can then dust the roots with a sulfur powder (acts to prevent fungus) and store them in brown paper bags in a cellar or other dry location. They will go dormant and in most cases survive just off the water in the plant when you store them.

In either case, next spring when you plant them and move them outside, you'll need to move them into the shade first so they can get readjusted to full sun, otherwise they may burn if you put them in full sun right away.

If either of these methods seems like too much work then just let them go down for the winter and buy new ones next year. New plants will usually start off with more vigor and get blooming faster than plants saved from the past year.

Uses Notes:

Great in landscapes and containers

Maintenance Category: Moderate

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Planting to Hard Frost

Hardiness Zones: 11b

Flower Form: Landscape

pH: C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 1

Fertilization: 200 - 250

Light Requirements: High

Water Requirements: Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature: 50 - 60° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Spring through Summer Finish. 4 to 8 inch pots 1 ppp, 10 inch and larger 3 ppp.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

4-5" and Quart Pot: 6-8
6" and Gallon Pot: 8-9
7-9" Pot: 10-12
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 10-12

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

Pinching should not be necessary. Apply Cycocel at 750 to 1,000 ppm as needed.

Pest and Disease Management:

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.

Grower Tips:

-1 to 2 applications of 350 ppm of Florel is the standard rate for Geraniums. First application should be applied 10 to 14 days after transplant and then repeated in 5 to 8 days, if desired. Florel applications should be stopped 6 to 7 weeks before desired sell date. -Geraniums are sensitive to Iron and Magnesium toxicity, soil pH maintained above 6.0 will limit problems. -Geraniums are best grown with moderate moisture, do not keep too damp.

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