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Geranium 'Skeleton Rose' - S1
Geranium 'Skeleton Rose' - S1
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Geranium 'Skeleton Rose'

Pelargonium hyb.
Also called 'Dr. Livingston', this variety has been found to contain almost 100 times as much citronella as the publicized citrosa. Take advantage of its insect repelling properties and place a few pots on the patio. The scent is strong lemony-rose; the flowers are lavender with purple spots. Listed in an 1871 American garden catalog.
SKU #P2560

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Pot: 3.5" h x 2.63" w (9.5 fl oz)
Lifecycle
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
9,
10
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
2' h x 1.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Lavender with purple spots and finely cut foliage
Features
Scented Leaves
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Heat or Drought Tolerant
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
About a week after last frost, when nighttime temperatures remain above 40°F.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Geraniums traveled from South Africa and were cultivated and marveled over in early glasshouses of the 1600s, and we love them still for their varied beautiful leaves, flower colors, and fragrance. Place scented geraniums in the sun with a bit of afternoon shade, placed where you can easily pick a few leaves to enjoy their sensational fragrance. Be sure to grow in freely-draining garden soil or in clay pots with good drainage, and allow the soil to dry before watering. Flowers bloom in late spring and early summer after a cool period in fall and winter. Prune after flowering ceases to shape and prepare for bringing indoors in late fall before frost, if desired, placing in the sun in a cool room below 60F.
Final Spacing:
1.5'
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
Water when soil is dry 2" down into pot. Geraniums suffer if the soil stays saturated with water, so water only after soil has dried.
Soil pH:
Prefers neutral.
Fertilizer:
Fertilize twice a month with a balanced formulation such as 15-15-15.
Diseases & Pests:
Aphids and mealybugs can be troublesome; if detected, treat with an insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid botrytis by spacing properly, not wetting the foliage when watering, and keeping dead plant material, such as spent flowers and leaves, cleaned up.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut stems add fragrance to cut flower bouquets and can be dried for a scented addition to potpourii.