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Rose Geranium Plant – Where to Buy?

Where to buy Rose Geranium Plants: The Pelargonium (geraniums) genus contains over 200 individual species, and enthusiastic gardeners are cross-breeding like crazy, adding to the numerous cultivars already introduced to the genre. This South African in origin scented geranium is very popular throughout the world, including the US, EU, Australia and UK.

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Unfortunately you may struggle to find the specialized scented leaf pelargonium on sale at your local gardening store, due to their complex range of natural growing habitats. Generally they are grown by specialist plant nurseries, and even though I’m lucky enough to have such an outlet near me, others may find buying rose geranium plants difficult. However you can purchase the seed and equipment needed to have a go at growing them yourself, and let’s face it… much more satisfying!

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Rose scented geraniums are fairly easy to grow plants, however they do still need a little love and attention. The most important thing to remember is these plants, you must not dilly dally during the potting stage! Begin potting as soon as possible to give your plants the best chance to take root and thrive. Another thing to bear in mind is that the leaves are not intended for consumption. Yes they are edible, but my advice would be to only use them as decoration, or for perfume. The simple guide below will (hopefully) help you get the most out of your rose scented geraniums. These few tips and tricks will get you started in no time:

  1. Most Geranium plants are tolerant to dry habitats.  Give them a good soak from below, and only water them again, once the substrate is almost dry to the touch. Watering is slightly different over winter, where the plants prefer to be watered little and often, keeping the soil damper than usual.
  2. Scented Geraniums love sunlight, and grow at an optimal rate with 2 – 4 hours of directs light per day. So if growing indoors during winter, just make sure they receive an ample amount. On the flip side when planted outside, they do not like direct light for the whole day, so a shaded spot in the garden, to provide protection would be ideal.
  3. Avoid sun trap areas of your garden, ones that really hot up during the day, as these plants prefer a balanced mixture of light and shade. 16 – 25 degrees outdoors would be the perfect temperature.
  4. Rose scented geraniums are not heavily fertilizer reliant, a small feed once per week is more than enough, in fact it’s recommended to use 50% less feeding than your usual pot plants, during the growth period.
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Summary: Rose Scented Geraniums Garden Care

  • While Scented Geraniums love the sun, the leaves are prone to sunburn, therefore protection in the form of shade, peak summer and hot days is advised.
  • Never over water. These plant dislike continually having wet feet and over-watering can cause the roots to rot. Plant pots should have adequate drainage, and use a low absorption compost where possible.
  • When planted in your garden, add material to the soil to aid quick drainage, and avoid any areas of the garden prone to flooding or puddle retention.
  • Fertilize only every so often. Rose scented geraniums may become ganguly/spindly when over fed. Retain a bushy shape by trimming back as and when needed.
  • Pinch back on a regular basis to help maintain their shape. Sunny windows are a great place to keep pots, and only water when you notice the soil has become dry.
  • Older rose scented geraniums may start producing less leaves over time, and become woody. When this happens, it’s a good time to replace them with fresh plants.

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Growing Indoors

Keeping rose scented geraniums inside the home, on a windowsill perhaps, with allow them to flourish all year around. The plants will enjoy any living space that has ample natural light and ventilation.

Temperature isn’t a major issue for this plant species, very similar requirements to standard geraniums, or maybe slightly cooler is fine. As mentioned before the ideal range is 16 – 25 C, just make sure that if they are on a windowsill, sunburn (as with outdoors) can be an issue, so netting or curtains can be used as shade..  Plenty of natural light will help prevent the plant becoming leggy.

Growing Outdoors

When planting directly to your garden, in borders, raised planters, hanging baskets or in containers your rose scented geraniums will be more than happy during warmer months, but be aware your Scent Geraniums will not survive frosty spells during winter! It’s advisable to slowly acclimatize your plants to their new location. All you need to do is gradually increase the amount of time the plant spends outside, over several days, in a quiet sunny spot, then bring them back indoors in the evening. Just keep an eye out for them getting too dried out, a regular watering (not too much) helps on hotter days. After 6 – 7 days your plants should be acclimatized, and ready to be planted in your garden or containers.

Terracotta pots are fantastic for rose scented geraniums, as they naturally drain away excess water. Avoid the plants sitting in wet compost, but also if their totally dried out they may suffer. 5-6 hours of sunshine a day is optimal, but a little longer in partial shade and they will still grow nicely.

How to Grow Rose Scented Geraniums

Rose Scented Geranium Growing Tips

Pruning

Geraniums need pruning! Some plants may look as if they have had a haircut, and they probably have. These plants are not damaged; pruning even promotes bushy, dense and lush growth. To keep your plant in good shape and prevent it from getting long during growth, you really need to prune from time to time. You won’t damage it by giving it a good trim, provided you don’t cut off all the growing tips, and you’ll be amazed how good it looks again in a very short time.

Re-potting

Once your plant grows into a breathtaking specimen and becomes larger, it will need to be potted in a fairly large pot. This size should be one larger than the existing one, as they prefer relatively constrained roots. You are most likely to have to repeat this procedure several times during the lifespan of your plant. As an alternative, you can use more cuttings and expand your collection, or treat someone to the extra and give them a sweet smelling geranium as a special gift.

Discolored leaves

Spotting, streaking, crimping or abnormal color patterns; potential cause may be a viral infection frequently transmitted by insect pests. No cure is available once infected and plants should be destroyed immediately. Prevention – Periodic irrigation and fertilization keeps the plants safe and defends against pests. Discolored leaves can also be a warning that the plant is “hungry” and deprived of nutrients.

Leaf Spot

Brown or yellow blemishes with black borders; proper air ventilation and cleanliness are imperative and will reduce the likelihood of this disease. If you discover stains on the leaves, immediately remove and destroy them. Once this disease takes over the entire plant, the best you can do is to destroy the rose scented geranium.

Botrytis/Grey Mold

Rotting of stems and leaves; flourishes in a humid, damp and chilly conditions and is a fungal disease. Excellent air circulation and irrigation monitoring. Immediately remove all diseased plant parts and destroy them.

Geranium Aphids

Minuscule sucking insects that can propagate viral diseases; take control by beating with a high pressure water jet, an application of insecticide soap especially to the underneath of the leaves or the alternate use of natural beneficial insects in the region. The last-mentioned is simpler to do if you keep your scented plants in a greenhouse!

Other Pests

Meal bugs, white flies, red spider mites; this is usually a symptom of very arid spells such as aphids above.

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Rose Scented Geranium Growing Tips

Growing Scented Geraniums from Cuttings

Many people often ask me about how they can get a nice big garden of their own when they have little money. The answer is consistently the same. Use perennials and herbs that can be easily divided or propagated by cuttings.

While they have beautiful small flowers, the Perfumed Geranium leaves represent their claim to fame. All you have to do is brush against the leaves to liberate their fragrant oils into the surrounding air. They are perfect for a sweet-smelling garden, grouped together in containers on the patio, beside your driveway or on the sill of your kitchen window. Scented geraniums are most commonly located in the perennial or herb nursery section. I’m getting mine from a herbal grower friend.

Scented Geraniums are different from garden geraniums

Scented geraniums are a splendid choice for the horticulturalist who wishes a lot of bang for their money. The purchase of three scented geraniums can generate 9 or even more plants for the garden the following year.

When buying your scented geraniums, remember not to be fooled by the name. They differ to the garden geraniums we buy in one of our local garden centers, well known for its brightly colored flowers. Scented geraniums are dainty herbaceous plants from the Pelargonium family.

Scented Geraniums come in a variety of scents

Apricot, apple, lemon, mint, strawberry, delicious! It sounds like a list of delicious flavors, jellies or fancy soaps, doesn’t it? These five names, however, represent only a fraction of the wonderful geraniums – better known as fragrant geraniums – available to collectors of charming and unusual flowering plants.

Despite their common name, fragrant geraniums are not related to the real geranium (Geranium maculatum) or the cranesbill, whose beautiful pink flowers often grow wild in temperate forests. Rather, they belong to the genus Pelargonium, which also includes the popular garden geranium cultivated in window boxes and ornamental gardens throughout the country. Semi-woody and tender, these shrubs are native to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and, when left outside, rarely survive the harsh winters typical of most of the United States.

While the garden geranium is known for its bright flowers and occasionally colorful leaves, fragrant geraniums are characterized by their aromatic foliage, which after centuries of hybridization occurs in a variety of scents. The leaves of different varieties also have a variety of shapes, sizes and colors…. From the tiny, bright green, crispy, lemon-scented leaves of Pelargonium crispum to the large, grey-green, velvety, pepper-scented leaves of Pelargonium tomentosum.

The flowers are by and large less conspicuous than the flowers of the well-known ornament, but they are attractive (albeit rather small) and can be white, pink, red, purple or – in at least one case – yellow. Versatile and varied, fragrant geraniums can be placed in the garden between the herbs and flowers, planted in hanging baskets, standard (tree-like forms) or simply planted in pretty pots to decorate a sunny kitchen window, or – in the warmer months – take a place near an entrance area that invites passers-by.

How to Propagate Scented Geraniums

How to Propagate Scented Geraniums

They can reproduce at any time of the year, but in autumn is best as the flowers can grow all summer long and have a good selection of stems to choose from for root pruning.

1. Choose a healthy stem and climb over at least three leaf joints from where the growth point of the stem begins. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut the stem directly under the leaf base. Take more cuttings than you think you will need if you lose a few. You can share additional information with your friends at any time.

2. remove all new leaf growth pimples with your finger. Simply press them up with your thumb. Remove any leaves that are below ground level.

3. Fill a small pot that drips well with your choice of potting soil. I only use a normal potting soil that does not contain fertilizer. Some people recommend sand and perlite, while others only say simple sand. I think the most important thing is that the pot runs well. Your cut will rot if it’s over-watered, or your pot won’t drip.

4 You can use a root powder if you want, but I can’t. If you want, tap any access powder. With root powder less is better.

5. make a hole in the ground with your finger or pencil and make your cut. Do not put leaves under the ground.

6. Screw the soil around the cut and water sparingly. Do not saturate the mixture. Push back the top of the plant to encourage it to put its energy into root formation.

7. you can either place outside in indirect light or inside in bright indirect light. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering it again. The stem will rot if overrated. Keep away from direct sunlight to prevent your cuttings from cooking!

8. You can see the “takes” of cutting when the pinched upper start branches and begins to form a bushy little plant. It can last from several days to several weeks. As long as your cut continues to look healthy and green, it will be fine.

9. bring it into the house before the first frost for wintering. A sunny window is a great place to enjoy your cuttings.

Fragrant geraniums are so easy to grow and maintain that there is no reason not to have these fragrant plants in your garden. And remember, if you take your cuttings, take enough to share with your friends!

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  • One Live 'Rose' Geranium Shipped in a 3.5 Inch Square Pot.
  • Botanical Name: pelargonium cv.
  • Exposure: Full Sun to partial shade
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