Denomination: 'Gradored'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'Fiv 279'
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Angelika Utecht, Montabaur, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2005-04-20
Application Number: 05-4748
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-06
Certificate Number: 3163
Date rights surrendered: 2012-01-16

Variety Description


PLANT: medium to tall, medium to broad width, medium number of inflorescences, begins flowering mid season
STEM: green, medium thickness

LEAF: short, narrow, strong to very strong degree of lobing, wide open to open base, upper side medium green, no variegation, strong to very strongly conspicuous reddish brown zone present, serrated incisions of the margin, shallow to medium depth of incisions, medium undulation of margin

INFLORESCENCE: short to medium length peduncle, small to medium diameter, medium to large number of open flowers, small to medium diameter of largest flower, short to medium length pedicel, middle third of pedicel dark red, no swelling of pedicel
FLOWER: elliptic bud shape, double, medium to many petals, divided margin
UPPER PETAL: very narrow, red (RHS 43A) margin and middle of upper side, red (RHS 43B) lower side, very weak stripes present on upper side, very small to small white zone present at base
LOWER PETAL: red (RHS 43A) margin and middle of upper side, orange red (RHS 41B) lower side, no markings present
INNER PETAL: red (RHS 43A) middle of upper side, no markings present

Origin & Breeding History: 'Gradored' was derived from a hybridization made in 2001 by the breeder Angelika Utecht in Hillscheid, Germany. The female parent was the seedling 99-4006-2, which was derived from the cross between 'Vectis Glitter' and 'Bird Dancer', and the pollen parent was seedling 00-5693-7, having rose-red double flowers and large inflorescences. The first selection of the seedling was in 2002 in Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain. Cuttings from the selected seedling were taken back to Hillscheid, Germany for further examination and trial review in the spring of 2003. The main selection criteria were flower colour, flower type, and branching habit.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Gradored' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number PEL2032, purchased from the Bundessortenamt, Hannover, Germany. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany, in 2006. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

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Pelargonium: 'Gradored'

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