Geum

Geum does not present any cultural difficulties, since it will grow and flower freely in any good soil, whether in sun or partial shade, although the roots must never lack moisture. The species chiloense, from Chile, better known as G. coccineum, has given us several varieties with flowers which are ideal for cutting. These include ‘Fire Opal’, 2 ft; ‘Lady Stratheden’, deep yellow, 1 ft; ‘Mrs Bradshaw’, bright scarlet, 1 ft; ‘Orangeman’, 2 ft, and ‘Red Wings’, orange-scarlet, 1 ½ ft.

Seed is sown in the cold frame in April or May or out of doors later. After pricking out, the young plants are put into open beds 9 in. apart with the rows 1 ft apart, making sure that while small the seedlings are not scorched by direct rays of the sun.

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Seed is liable to produce plants of varying habit, so that usually it is necessary to cull the plants well, retaining only the very finest specimens. Extra good stock can be propagated vegetatively by carefully dividing the roots of established plants in September, and firmly replanting the divisions in sandy soil. The stems must be given a good drink before being arranged. They must be handled carefully if being sent away, since the flower heads damage easily.

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