Geum Seeds - Mrs. Bradshaw
- Seed Count: 40 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 70-80 days from germination
- Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
- Height: 18-24 inches tall
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
- Special Features: Vivid red-orange blooms, long-lasting flowers
History: The Geum genus has a rich history, tracing back to various parts of the world including Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Mrs. Bradshaw variety is a specially bred hybrid, known for its striking red-orange blooms and long-lasting flowering period. This variety has been a favorite among gardeners for its vibrant colors and its ease of care. Mrs. Bradshaw is often included in perennial borders for its showy appearance and its ability to attract pollinators, adding both aesthetic and ecological value to gardens.
Uses: Mrs. Bradshaw Geum is versatile and highly ornamental, making it a great choice for a range of garden settings. The vivid red-orange blooms are particularly effective in adding pops of color to perennial borders, mixed flower beds, and rock gardens. Because of their long-lasting nature, these flowers are also excellent for cut floral arrangements, providing a fresh look for an extended period. Additionally, the plant is effective in attracting a range of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, thus benefiting the garden's ecosystem as a whole.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Growing Mrs. Bradshaw Geum from seed is relatively straightforward but does require some preparation. It's best to start the seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost. Use a seed-starting mix and sow the seeds at a depth of about 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Keep the soil moist and provide plenty of light. Seedlings should emerge within 2-3 weeks. Once the risk of frost has passed and seedlings have at least two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted outdoors. Select a site with full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Mrs. Bradshaw prefers a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. The plants will grow to a height of 18-24 inches and produce blooms approximately 70-80 days after germination. For continuous blooming, deadheading spent flowers is recommended.