Geranium yoshinoi ‘Confetti’ (Variegated Geranium) [10 Seeds]

$4.75

Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because there’s not much information on how to sow them and germination may require some experimentation. (I started with a purchased plant and just let mine self-sow.) The few references I found suggest surface-sowing or barely covering the seeds and keeping the pot in warm, bright conditions for about a month. If no seedlings appear, then expose the pot to cold temperatures for 2 to 3 months, either outside or in a refrigerator. Once you can get ‘Confetti’ started, it is very likely to self-sow.

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The naming on this one is a bit of a muddle: I acquired it decades ago as Geranium yoshinoi ‘Confetti, but it also matches the descriptions of G. thunbergii ‘Jester’s Jacket’. Apparently, they may be the same plant. Whatever you call it, it usually reaches around 6 inches tall, with trailing stems that give a spread of a foot or more. The fuzzy, lobed leaves are irregularly variegated with white and various shades of green. The white is most obvious on the youngest leaves (they may also be tinged with pink, especially in cool weather); later on, the markings are not quite as bright. Small, pink flowers are sprinkled along the stems in from early summer into fall. Cutting the stems back to the base of the plant in mid to late summer tidies the overall look, encourages a flush of bright new growth, and prevents self-sowing, which can otherwise be prolific. I’ve held off on listing this one for a while because of its tendency to reseed freely (you have been warned!) but finally decided to offer it because it’s cute and possibly of value to others who appreciate variegated oddities. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; probably Zones 6 to 8.

Collected in October 2022. At least 10 seeds.

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