When you receive your Scented Pelargoniums . . .
Carefully remove the plants from the box and packaging. We take exceptional care in how we pack and deliver our plants.
Pot up your plants the day they arrive, but if you’re unable, check the compost and water if roots are dry. This will help prevent distress for a day or so. Store inside in a cool, dry place away from direct heat and light. It is in your plants’ best interest that it is potted up as soon as possible and if you delay doing this for too long it will suffer and might even die if neglected.
Where to plant, indoors or out?
Outdoors: You can plant scented pelargoniums directly in the garden, in borders, raised planters, hanging baskets or containers once the danger of frost is gone.
Indoors: These geraniums are wonderful container plants and will flourish all year inside the home in adequately sized pots on windowsills or in rooms with plenty of natural light available.
How to care for your Scented Pelargoniums:
Whether you are planting your new scented geraniums in pots, raised beds or the garden be sure to use a light commercial potting mix or multi-purpose compost, with plenty of perlite, vermiculite or sand and fine grit incorporated for drainage is ideal. We use Pro-Mix with Mycorrhizae on the farm. It is essential to use well-drained compost in pots or even in the garden as scented geraniums do not like wet feet.
Plant in the garden where there is ample bright light. Water regularly, preferably from below, letting them dry out fairly well between waterings. Scented Geraniums do not require a lot of fertilizer, however, a regular feeding ever two weeks (half-strength to your usual potted plants) during active growth is recommended. We alternately use a diluted comfrey tea made here on the farm or a fish and seaweed emulsion mix every two weeks to keep our plants healthy and happy..
Keep in mind to prune every several weeks. Some plants may arrive to you looking as if they have received a haircut and they probably have. These plants are not damaged. In fact, pruning encourages bushy, dense and lush growth. To keep your plants in good shape and to prevent them from becoming leggy as they mature they will require pruning every so often. Do not worry! You will not damage your plants by giving them a good trim – providing of course that you do not cut off all of the growing tips. You will be pleasantly pleased with how good your plants looks again in a very short time.
As your plant grows and becomes larger it will require repotting on into a bigger pot. This should be one size larger than present as they do like fairly restricted roots. You will most likely need to do this several times during the life of your plant.
Scented Geraniums are frost tender and should only be planted directly outside from late May through to early October. The remainder of the year they should be over-wintered inside in a bright room where they get plenty of bright, natural light. It is essential to assess your frost risk by checking your USDA Hardiness Zone and bring the plants inside at the appropriate time. It is highly unlikely that they will survive if they are left outside in winter or very cold months.
The bonus is that these plants can be brought in for the winter! They make great house plants and will often continue to flower for several months filling you home with wonderful living, natural fragrances. A couple of weeks before it is time to move them back out in to the garden, give them a good prune, repot and feed. Acclimate your plants to outside conditions, then plant out. Of course, by then, you will probably just love the aromatic scents so much you’ll want to keep them inside!