Denomination: 'Gradosal'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'Fiv 281'
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: 05-4750
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-06
Certificate Number: 3164
Date rights surrendered: 2012-01-16

Variety Description


PLANT: tall, broad, many to very many inflorescences, begins flowering mid season
STEM: green, thin to medium thickness

LEAF: short to medium length, narrow to medium width, strong degree of lobing, 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 incisions, weak to medium undulation of the margin

INFLORESCENCE: medium length peduncle, small to medium diameter, 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 number of petals, divided margin
UPPER PETAL: very narrow, red pink (RHS 49A) margin and middle of upper side, light red pink (RHS 38B) lower side, very weak to weak stripes present, no white zone at base
LOWER PETAL: light red pink (RHS 50D) margin and middle of upper side, light red pink (RHS 39D) lower side, very weak stripes present
INNER PETAL: light red pink (RHS 50D) middle of upper side, markings present

Origin & Breeding History: 'Gradosal' 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, derived from the cross between 'Vectis Glitter' and 'Bird Dancer', and the pollen parent was 00-5035-12, the off spring of a cross between 'Shalimar', light pink coloured, and the double flowered variety 'Super Nova'. 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, plant habit and growth characteristics.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Gradosal' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number PEL2034, 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: 'Gradosal'

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