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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
Please click map for more detailed map and driving directions.

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Geraniums in Ohio in Oct., '07

Geraniums look good in the Ohio snow!! Dec., 2007

Lynn Parsons are hard on his 'Violet' geraniums, leaving them in the snow in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Dec., '07

Fantasia 'Violet' geraniums do well at Lynn Parsons' home in Ohio on June, 2007.

Fantasia 'Violet' geraniums do well at Lynn Parsons' home in Ohio on June, 2007.

Fantasia Violet Geranium 2 in fall

Fantasia Violet Geranium in fall, 2005

Fantasia Strawberry Sizzle

Fantasia Strawberry Sizzle Geranium

Fantasia Strawberry Sizzle in fall, 2005

Fantasia Violet Geranium

Strawberry Sizzle in hanging baskets

The Violet geranium compared to a pink geranium in a hanging

Violet geraniums in hanging baskets.

This standard colored geranium might look showier than the
Strawberry Sizzle in the background but when summer comes, ONLY THE

This 90-plus year old Tennessee lady LOVES her Strawberry Sizzle
geraniums at each side of her door.

Even in the middle of the summer when other geraniums have fizzled
in Tennessee, Strawberry Sizzle looks good.

Any of the Fantasia geraniums do well at Lynn Parsons' home in

I used to HATE geraniums. I thought they were the biggest
public rip-off that a plant could be. People purchased them in the
early spring when those big beautiful blooms were prolific and enjoyed
them for several months until the heat of late spring or early summer
arrived. Sometimes in Texas, "spring" only lasts for a couple of weeks
before the HELL of summer arrives. After the heat starts, the geraniums
look terrible and even bloom less!! People try to nurse them through
until the cool of fall revives them but sometimes the plants just die.
That has all changed with the introduction of several new geranium
selections -- the 'Violet' and 'Strawberry sizzle' geraniums from Ball
Flora Horticultural Company's Fantasia series.

The 'Violet' and 'Strawberry Sizzle' geraniums produce attractive and
colorful flowers on the most heat tolerant geranium plants EVER grown in
Texas. During two years ('05) and ('06) of testing, these two geranium
varieties actually grew and thrived growing in direct sunlight during
the hottest summers in San Antonio history. Big blooms and durable, dark
foliage show off the healthiest appearance through the hottest
conditions. This was also confirmed in Tennessee and Ohio tests in '06.
These new Zonal geraniums are available in 11 colors including
Cardinal Red Improved, Coral Improved, Flame Improved, Flamingo Rose
Improved, Neon Rose, Pink Shell, Salmon, Shocking Pink, Strawberry
Sizzle, Violet, and White BUT THE MOST HEAT-TOLERANT during both
summers were Strawberry Sizzle and Violet.

Geraniums are usually classified as a 'short-lived perennial,' which
means they typically live for more than a single year but these two
varieties may merit a "perennial" classification in South Texas since
they do well in summer and winter.

You can use these geraniums in beds and borders. A wide range of colors
is available to complement virtually any color scheme you desire. In
southern California (and now maybe in South Texas!), geraniums are used
as a colorful groundcover on slopes and lawns. They are excellent in
containers of all types from small pots to large tubs to window boxes
and combine well with other plants such as petunias and ivies. Geraniums
are one of your best bets for use in hanging baskets.

Common Geranium, Garden Geranium, Zonal Geranium

Scientific Name: Pelargonium hortorum L.H. Bailey

Family: Geraniaceae

Common Geranium, Garden Geranium, Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium
(P. x domesticum, largely derived from P. cucullatum, P. angulosum, and
P. grandiflorum) have large pansylike flowers, few to the cluster.

Zonal, house, or bedding geraniums (P. x hortorum, a complex hybrid
largely derived from P. inguinans and P. zonale) are the familiar forms
in garden culture and in pots indoors. These species were introduced
into Europe in the early 18th century and hybridizers have been busy
creating stunning new varieties ever since.

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in San Antonio

Heat Tolerance: Better considered as a cool season annual in San
Antonio UNLESS Strawberry Sizzle and Violet varieties are used.

Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer in San Antonio UNLESS Strawberry
Sizzle and Violet varieties are used-- then
they can be planted in full sun

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habits: Shrubby perennials generally grown as tender annuals, up
to 3 feet tall (45 cm)

Plant in ordinary well-drained soil. Plants grown in containers like to
be rootbound. Over-fertilization may result in excessive foliage and few
flowers. When fertilizing, use Osmocote Slow-Release Fertilizer pellets
for containers and use a NON-weed-and-feed Slow-release fertilizer such
as 19-5-9 for beds.

Moisture: Keep soil moist during hot weather. Allow to dry between
waterings during cool periods. Constantly wet soil will quickly rot
roots. Treat with a terrachlor (Turficide) product if rots occur. Use
Daconil Fungicide for foliage disease if spots appear on the leaves.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 10. The geranium hybrids are tender
perennials. They are grown as annuals in cooler zones. Plants can be dug
and potted and brought inside for the winter. Some gardeners prefer to
dig the plants and remove all of the soil from the roots. The roots are
wrapped in newspaper and the plants placed in a cool dry place until

Propagation: Geraniums can be grown from cuttings. For more
information about how to propagate geraniums from cuttings, see: and:

To propagate geraniums from cuttings, first select containers 3 to 4
inches deep and fill them with moist (not overly wet) planting medium.
Satisfactory rooting media include coarse sand, perlite, vermiculite or
a mixture of these. Sterile commercial mixes are also available. Cut off
shoot tips 3 to 5 inches in length and remove the leaves on the lower
part of the stem. The use of a rooting hormone is recommended to
stimulate the rooting process. This product is available at most garden
centers. Dip the bottom 1/2 inch of each cutting in the rooting medium.
Insert the cuttings to a depth of 1-1/4 inches to 1-1/2 inches. Firm the
medium around the cuttings.

Avoid crowding the cuttings so there will be some air movement to help
prevent disease. Cover the container with a plastic bag. This helps
prevent excessive moisture loss, decreases wilting and increases rooting
potential. Place the container in a warm location that receives bright,
but indirect sun. Avoid excessive heat buildup in the bag by
occasionally opening the top.

Check the moistness of the rooting medium every week. If properly
chosen and prepared, it will usually stay fairly moist for several weeks
before additional water is needed.

To determine when the cuttings have rooted, gently tug on the stem. If
it resists being pulled from the rooting medium, roots have probably
developed to a length of 1/2 inch to 1 inch, and the cuttings can be
planted in small individual containers. Fill these containers with a
coarse, well-drained growing mix, and pot the cuttings at the same depth
as the original rooting medium. Gradually move the plants into more
direct light and continue to water. Fertilization will not be needed
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For more information about storing geraniums through the winter in cold climates, see: