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Geranium 'True Rose' - S1

Geranium 'True Rose'

Pelargonium graveolens
Scented geraniums were initially brought to Holland and England from South Africa in the mid-1600s. They were one of the essential herbs of early American colonists who favored useful herbs over merely decorative flowers. Rose cakes, syrups, and potpourri came from the kitchens of the day, and today that redolent rose scent is just as appealing. Small pink flowers tip the branches in early summer.
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Pot: 3.5" h x 2.63" w (9.5 fl oz)
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
3' h x 2' w
Full sun
Rich, well-drained
Summer to fall
Pink with spots of purple
Scented Leaves
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Heat or Drought Tolerant
About a week after last frost, when nighttime temperatures remain above 50°F.
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:
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
Water when soil is dry at least 2" down into pot. Geraniums suffer if the soil stays saturated with water, so water only after soil has dried.
Soil pH:
Prefers neutral.
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 dry leaves for a scented addition to potpourii.