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Variety of Geranium Plant Named `Patriot Watermelon`
PP12231 Variety of Geranium Plant Named `Patriot Watermelon`
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Inventor: Lemon
Date Issued: November 27, 2001
Application: 09/715,316
Filed: November 17, 2000
Inventors: Lemon; David (Lompoc, CA)
Assignee: Oglevee, Ltd. (Connellsville, PA)
Primary Examiner: Nelson; Amy J.
Assistant Examiner: Bell; Kent L.
Attorney Or Agent: Webb Ziesenheim Logsdon Orkin & Hanson, P.C.
U.S. Class: PLT/330
Field Of Search: PLT/33.0; PLT/325
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Abstract: A new and distinct zonal geranium plant with coral/salmon colored flowers above medium green foliage.
Claim: I claim:

1. A new and distinct variety of geranium plant substantially as shown and described.

The present invention comprises a new and distinct cultivar of Pelargonium.times.hortorum known by the varietal name `Patriot Watermelon` (Oglevee No. 6301, Breeder No. 6DG3252-42). The new variety was discovered in a selected breeding programin Lompoc, Calif. The new variety is a selection from the cross of `Champion` (unpatented), the female parent, and `Pink Satisfaction` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 7,599), the male parent. The new variety was first asexually reproduced by cuttings atOglevee, Ltd. in Connellsville, Pa. The new variety has been trial and field tested at Connellsville and has been found to retain its distinctive characteristics and remain true to type through successive propagations.

The cultivar, when grown in a glass greenhouse in Connellsville, Pa. using natural light and temperatures of F. night and F. day, has a response time of six weeks from a rooted cutting to flowering in a 10 cm pot. Theresponse time was determined on plants grown in soilless media employing constant fertilizer 200-250 parts per million of nitrogen and potassium in full light. Plants of `Patriot Watermelon` differ from the plants of the parental cultivars primarily inflower color.


The accompanying photographic drawing illustrates the new variety, with the color being as nearly true as is possible with color illustrations of this type.


The following detailed description sets forth the characteristics of the new cultivar. The data which defines these characteristics were collected by asexual reproductions carried out in Connellsville, Pa. The color readings were taken indoorsunder 200-220 foot candles of fluorescent cool white light. Color references are primarily to the R.H.S. Colour Chart of The Royal Horticultural Society of London. Plants described were about 6 weeks old from a rooted cutting.




Commercial.--Zonal geranium.

Form: Medium mound.

Height: 15.0-17.0 cm from soil to top of foliage.

Growth: Upright, free basal branching.

Strength: Does not require artificial support.

Foliage: Zonation present; stalked leaf attachment.

Rooting time: Roots visible to the outside of an artificial dirt plug in 14-21 days.


Size.--Length: 6.0-7.5 cm. Width: 6.0-9.0 cm at widest point.

Shape.--Reniform; cordate base.



Color.--Upper surface: Green Group 143A with zone of Green Group 137A. Lower surface: Green Group 138B.

Ribs and veins.--Venation: Palmate. Color: Yellow-Green Group 145B.


Color.--Yellow-Green Group 144A.

Length.--4.5-7.0 cm.


Color.--Yellow-Green Group 144A.

Internode length.--2.5-3.5 cm.


Shape just prior to anthesis:

Overall.--Elliptical cluster when just showing color.

Individual bud.--Elliptical when just showing color.

Size when just showing color:

Overall.--4.5-5.0 cm across.

Individual bud.--8.0-10.0 mm long; 6.0-7.0 mm wide.

Number of buds per cluster: 27-34.


Blooming habit: Continuous; free and early flowering.

Size.--10.0 cm at widest point on fully open bloom.

Borne.--Flowers on umbel; umbel on pedicel; pedicel on peduncle.


Form.--Slightly cupped; ruffled.

Number of flowers per umbel.--15-22.

Size.--2.0-3.5 cm long; 3.5-4.0 cm wide.

Petals.--Color: Upper surface: Red Group 43C with some Red Group 43B. Some petals fad to a lighter color of Red Group 43D toward base. Darker veining of Red Group 47C present on some petals. Lower surface: Red Group 43D; some veining of RedGroup 47D showing through. Shape: Obovate. Size: 2.3-3.7 cm long; 1.7-2.0 cm across. Margin: Entire. Number per flower: 6-8.

Texture and appearance.--Smooth, velvety, reflective.

Tonality from a distance: Clear coral/salmon flowers above medium green foliage.


Quantity.--0-5 per flower.

Shape.--Irregular; some twisted, some tubular, some with pollen attached.

Color.--Same as petals.


Length.--3.0-3.5 cm.

Color.--Ranging from Red Group 46A at top near flower to Yellow-Green Group 144B at base.


Length.--11-13 cm.

Color.--Yellow-Green Group 144A.

Disease/pest resistance: No susceptibility to diseases or pests has been noted to date.

Lasting quality: Individual flowers and umbels will last from 7-14 days depending on conditions. Flowering is continuous with new replacing the old throughout the growing season.



Anthers.--0.2 cm long.

Filaments.--Length: 0.7-1.0 cm. Color: White with coral tips. Pollen: Golden brown.



Length.--0.7-0.9 cm.

Stigma.--Number: One; five parted. Color: Red-Purple Group 59B.

Style.--Length: 0.4-0.5 cm. Color: Red-Purple Group 59B.



Pubescence.--Very pubescent.

Length.--0.5 cm.

Width.--0.2 cm.

Color.--Yellow-Green Group 146C.

Fruit: None observed.


1. Bright coral/salmon flowers above medium green foliage with zoning.

2. Good cutting production and rooting speed.

3. Finishes in 6 weeks while maintaining a neat controlled plant habit.

4. This variety has been trialed both indoors and in the outdoor garden during the 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 growing seasons and has performed very well under all weather conditions.

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