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Geranium, First Yellow

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One of the hardest colors to get in geranium. This is a triumph of plant breeding.

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Hello, yellow. Presenting the first true yellow geranium;ever! A breakthrough in the land of geraniums. The stunning yellow double-blossomed beauties flower gloriously all summer long.
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Full Sun


12-15 inches


10-18 inches

Bloom Season


Resistant To

Drought, Heat

Ornamental Use

Beds, Container

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Life Cycle


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  • Geraniums may be grown from seed may be sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or grown from potted plants.

    Sowing Seed Indoors:

    • Sow indoors 10-12  weeks before last frost  
    • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep into individual containers filled with seed-starting formula.
    • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees
    • Seedlings emerge in 7-21 days
    • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
    • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
    • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
    • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

    Planting in the Garden:

    • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist, well-drained organic soil.
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
    • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
    • Plants should stand 12 inches apart in the garden.
    • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
    • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
    • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
    • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
    • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
    • Deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
    • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year. Geraniums may also be brought indoors and grown as houseplants over the winter.
    • Geraniums are perfect for beds, borders, walkways, and containers. Ivy-leafed geraniums cascade, making them ideal for hanging baskets and windowboxes.
    • Geraniums may be grown as houseplants over the winter in a sunny location. Over time they may become woody with the flowers smaller. Take stem cuttings to propagate new plants.
  • Sun
    Full Sun
    12-15 inches
    10-18 inches
    Bloom Season
    Resistant To
    Drought, Heat
    Ornamental Use
    Beds, Container
    Planting Time
    Life Cycle
  • Geranium, First Yellow is rated 3.24 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing performance My first order arrived very banged up. I sent Burpee a picture and they replaced them (thank you Burpee!!). The plants grew slowly and bloomed sparsely. I don't usually grow geraniums but the prospect of yellow blossoms was appealing. I wouldn't recommend this plant.
    Date published: 2015-10-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from flowers I agree with the other reviews, These turned out small and not sure if worth the cost,, although it was different to have a yellow geranium,
    Date published: 2014-09-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well..... I'm the other half of Cimarron Mater Woman. She wanted me to update on her prized yellow geraniums. When she got them they were pretty puny, tiny and didn't look much past started. Two got potted into 4" round pots, one got potted into a planter with a brocade geranium. They smelled some when first uncrated, she said they were part scented geranium. She had one called wood oak or something like that and it was totally ugly knobby and sprawled out and had a greenish yellow flower, at least that one grew. After a full summer; she has one about twice the size it was, the one in the planter, that she brought in, it's maybe the size of my fist. The other two are about four times the original size, one is about 6" tall. Those two were stuffed on a tray with several other plants under 30% shadecloth and were bottom watered, she would flood the tray and everything sucked up the water from the bottom. A healthy large leaf is the size of a quarter. I said LARGE leaf. The blooms do look like the picture; the blooms were sparse and fragile. I don't think I seen a grouping of more than three blooms on a bloom head; and she says she has a picture of 10 blooms on one plant at once in three heads. If the plant or pot was jostled, the head would often drop a petal, after a few rounds most of a bloom would be gone. The blooms didn't have the greenish hue the true scented did. They look yellow and have the touch of red. They are also small, some single blooms on other geranium plants were the entire three bloom salvo of a head on this one. She had two to three foot tall geranium bushes in the same circumstances these were grown; the one in the planter she put under a tree for shade for most of the day. She loves them as a specimen, but doubts she can make a cutting until next fall at the earliest. They grow slow and they are tiny scaled. She asked me to give them a three, but 'don't expect these to be a real full sized geranium'. The attached picture is one of the plants 3 months after she received it, in 4" pot and with the best care she could give it, and it's under 30% shade cloth. The plant to the right is one of the other yellows. They are an inch to an inch and a half wider and taller now than in that shot, about one leaf width each way.
    Date published: 2013-11-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from First Yellow Geranium Fail! Not a winner, might as well be bragging on the yellow blooms on a tomato plant. I've not had more than 2 blossoms on any stem yet. Small plant, small scattered blooms not at all what I expected from Burpee. Very disappointed.
    Date published: 2010-03-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes it is yellow I missed out getting some last year, this year I ordered. My plants were small and beat up, they didn't have a good ride in shipping. They were originally done in peatpots (jiffypot type) it looks like then put into another pot and they weren't even put flush into that one, and shipped. I did notice when I first opened the box that they had a scented smell. I purchased a yellowish green blooming scented about four years ago, so it wasn't unsurprising that they would be of that type. That immediately tipped me off to possibly a small size of plant AND a sparse bloomhead with few petals per bloom. I potted them into 4" square pots and put them into my greenhouse and after about a month they are growing well. I have planted one outside into an 18" planter with some of my brocade geraniums and will see how it does. One more will go into an 8" hanging pot and one I am going to keep as a solo.... I would not have even considered planting any of them outside first off. I live in 6b with altitude, low humidity and lots of sustained wind; to get something to thrive it takes a bit of care. These plants were not established enough or hardened off enough on arrival plus their being messed over from shipping; to do so. I expect these geraniums to be a small plant, with the compact growing form of some of the scented geraniums, to have a scented leaf...maybe not strong but not your typical zonal geranium, and to share a small sparse bloomhead when it is happy enough to do so. I give a three because they arrived alive and have recovered from their shipping stress. I hope they look like the happy bloomer in the picture soon.
    Date published: 2013-05-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was excited to try this new variety. Unfortunately, it was too fragile and never made it out of the original shipping carton into the ground.
    Date published: 2012-09-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from yellow geranium This a very cute plant, but it is a lot smaller than I expected. I had hoped it would be the size of a standard Geranium. Single blossoms also. I hope it can be improved.
    Date published: 2012-09-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pretty but Pretty yellow but very small. Started in a large pot, now in the ground. Still only about 1 1/2 to 2 inches high. Two had only a couple of blossoms. Loved the color but they were insignificant blossoms. I am a die hard gardener so I will winter them over and see what happens. I have had good luck doing this with regular geraniums. Have several that I leave in a large planter & store in the garage. They have lasted 7 years. I will see how the yellow ones do.
    Date published: 2012-09-17
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