Also known as
Peppermint Pelargonium, Apple-Scented or Apple-Rose-Scented Geranium, Apple-Scented Geranium, Apple-Rose-Scented Pelargonium, Geranium, Apple geranium
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This plant has a strong fragrance
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Sweet-Scented Pelargonium 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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.
Common problems with Sweet-Scented Pelargonium
Susceptible to aphids and whitefly, control with organic insecticides and encourage natural predators like lady bugs
How to harvest Sweet-Scented Pelargonium
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.
How to propagate Sweet-Scented Pelargonium
Take cuttings after flowering and seeding is completed, use 15cm semi-mature shoots and rooting hormone, rooting take about 3 weeks.
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 of Sweet-Scented Pelargonium
Good container plants if placed in shady position.
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies visit the flowers.
Other uses of Sweet-Scented Pelargonium
Grown for their foliage and colourful flowers. Some are grown for the fragrance of their leaves. They are useful in pots or as bedding plants; in warm conditions flowers are borne almost continuously. Suitable for coastal conditions.