|GEUM species - Avens|
Rosaceae, G. chiloense is native to Chile, G. reptans is native to Europe
Germination: Best sown indoors 10-12 weeks before planting out. Sow at 68-70° and at a depth of 4 times the diameter of the seeds. Expect germination in 21-28 days. Seeds can also be sown outdoors from spring through fall when the soil is warm, up to two months before first frost. Use fresh seeds as they do not store well.
Growth: Transplant seedlings when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Grow on at 50-65° days and 48-50° nights. Plant out at 12-18 inches apart in partial shade (protect from afternoon sun) in an alkaline, rich, moist, well-drained garden soil. Feed with a balanced fertilizer in spring.
Appearance and Use: For use in borders, rock gardens, and as a cut flower. Geum chiloense, Chilean Avens, grows 1-2 feet tall with late spring, 1 inch flowers of red, yellow, or orange. Hardy from Zones 5 to 7. Geum reptans, Creeping Avens, grows 6-8 inches tall with spring-appearing, 1 1/2 inch flowers that are yellow with purple styles. Hardy from Zones 3 to 7. Both are vigorous growers when happy and both produce deeply lobed and toothed foliage.
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