This is a plant that looks attractive whether it is flowering or not, as the delicate foliage shows up well against other dark-leafed plants. One of the large number of Pelornonium snpripc P crispum originated in South Africa and is grown for its attractively scented.
Flowers and flowering The white to pinkhave a darker reddish veining and are 2-2.5cm (¾—lin) in size. They are borne singly or in twos and threes. P. crispum ‘Variegatunn’ has mauve .
This is an erect shrub that can grow to about 90cm The generous growth of Lemon Scented Geranium is ideal for filling an area with sweet-scented foliage.
(3ft) high but can be kept bushy byback in spring. The leaves are densely arranged, small and fan-shaped with curled edges. They are greyish-green in colour and the variegated P. crispum ‘Variegatum’ has a creamy-yellow pattern.
Some other Pelargoniums with scented leaves are P. denticulatum with a balsam scent andto rose-pink flowers, P x frograns smelling, according to some, of nutmeg, to others of pine, and P. x citrosum which also smells of lemon.
Now is the time to cut back straggly plants to give them a bushy shape. Start to water more generously but let the mixture begin to dry out before rewatering.
Takefrom tips of , and plant in an equal parts mixture of soil-based and coarse sand. When cuttings have grown to about 15cm (6in) pinch out growing tips to promote bushy growth. Feed mature plants every 2 weeks.
Startless in October, only watering enough to stop the mixture drying out.
Pests And Diseases
Leaves yellow at the edges. This is due to insufficient watering. Treatment: Water generously but allow the mixture to partly dry out before rewatering.
Grey mould may cause decay.
Treatment: Remove affected plants. Spray others with thiram or zineb.
This is a very easy plant to grow. It likes a bright spot and cool winter conditions.
- : Repot in the spring when necessary. Use a soil-based with added coarse sand or grit for extra .
- Water moderately in summer giving just enough water to make the mixture moist throughout. Allow to partially dry out before rewatering.
- Feeding: Feed with a standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the summer.
BEST GROWTH ENVIRONMENT
- Light: Lemon Scented Geranium will thrive in full sun. Place it in the sunniest you can find — a south-facing windowsill would be ideal. This plant can also be placed outside during the summer.
- Temperature: Normal summer temperatures are fine for this plant. During the winter rest period it will prefer cooler temperatures but do not let the temperature drop below 7°C (45°F).
- It is available throughout the year from garden centres and nurseries.
- Choose a bushy plant with lots of leaves for fragrance. Avoid any that are leggy and bare-stemmed.
- This plant will live for many years. back in spring to keep the bushy shape.
- The fan-shaped filigree leaves of Lemon Scented Geranium give off the fragrance of the fruit when touched. Flowers are small and delicate and can be white, pink or lilac.
- It is often seen in a variegated turn), with creamy-yellow edges to the leaves.