On Jun 28, 2016, kkirschbaum Yonkers, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
I placed an order for fancy leaf pelargoniums based in part on the very positive reviews here on Dave's Garden - especially as several reviewers mentioned they received very large, substantial plants. Because of this, I didn't bat an eye at the fact that each plant was individually priced at $10.95 and in one case $12.95, as I was looking for good size fancy leafs to spruce up some container plantings for the summer. One pays more for instant gratification after all.
Everything arrived in good shape, but I have to say that I was rather surprised that the plants I received were actually quite small. The most expensive ones (of course) didn't even have branches yet, so visually they look like rooted cuttings. The plants seem to have good root systems, but given the price, I was expecting something closer to a full size plant. I did contact the nursery to give them some feedback (and suggest they be clearer in the online descriptions about what they will be sending out) and received a quick response that the fancy leafs I ordered are "dwarf/compact growers" and that "they are extremely difficult to propagate."
I am aware that the ease (or lack thereof) of propagation is reflected in cost, and I did notice that they were described as "compact" in their descriptions. To me that refers to how they can be expected to perform in the future - not necessarily what to expect to receive from the nursery.
I suspect the other reviewers who praised the large size plants they received must not have been ordering geraniums from Trio (they do specialize in drought tolerant plants), so I wanted to add to the comments here that the fancy leaf geraniums are quite small.