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Edibles Grow Sheets

Scented Geranium

  • Scientific Name
    Pelargonium spp
  • General Information

    Scented geraniums are tender perennials loved by hummingbirds and butterflies. Popular scents include rose, lemon, chocolate, orange, apple, apricot, coconut, ginger, and nutmeg. Foliage is textured, sometimes variegated and bursts with fragrance and colorful blooms. Deer avoid them.  

  • When to Plant

    Plant transplants in spring after danger of frost.

  • Planting

    Scented geraniums require full to part sun. Cuttings can be made in late summer from non-flowering shoots. They do root in water but it is recommended to use more traditional rooting methods for best results. Learn more about propagation by cuttings.

  • Soil Requirements

    Best in average, well-drained soil.

  • Water Requirements

    Prefer cool, dry summers. After watering, allow soil to dry so the roots are not constantly wet.

  • Fertilizing

    Amend with compost.

  • Pollination

    Pollinated by bees and other insects.

  • Harvesting

    Harvest leaves and flowers throughout spring, summer, and fall. The leaves can be dried but lose some of their color and scent.

  • Storage

    Sugared flowers can be stored at room temperature for 3 months, sometimes more.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    'Graveolens’ (rose scented) and ‘Pelargonium citronellum’ (lemon scented)

  • Helpful Tips

    Do not overwater and protect from frost.

  • Common Problems

    Susceptible to water excess or deficiency. Also susceptible to frost damage.

  • Pests- Diseases & More

    Damage can occur from whiteflies, thrips and spider mites. Hose off with water. Diseases of Pelargonium include root rot, verticillium wilt, rust and leaf spot. Learn more.