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Apple-Scented Geranium

Pelargonium odoratissimum

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Also known as

Apple Geranium, Sweet-Scent Pelargonium, Peppermint Pelargonium, Apple-Scented or Apple-Rose-Scented Geranium

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1.5m

30cm

Min

60cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Overview

This perennial, spreading pelargonium species has good antibacterial activity and can be use for cosmetic, culinary, craft and aromatic preservatives. The leaves are highly aromatic making it a good addition to a scented garden.

Common problems

Susceptible to aphids and whitefly, control with organic insecticides and encourage natural predators like lady bugs

Harvesting

Leaves and flowers for culinary purposes can be harvested anytime during the growing season. Harvesting leaves and shoots for oils takes place 3 to 4 times per year.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take cuttings after flowering and seeding is completed, use 15cm semi-mature shoots and rooting hormone, rooting take about 3 weeks.

Seed

Sow seed in early spring in well drained, light potting mix, spread seeds out evenly, cover with sand or finely milled bark, water well, place in lightly shaded area. Germination takes about 4 weeks.

Special Features

Pot plant

Good container plants if placed in shady position.

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies visit the flowers.

Attractive flowers

Uses

Culinary

Medicinal

Aromatic essential oils

Cosmatic