One of a very large and much loved family, the Peppermint-scented Geranium is grown for its attractiveand velvety foliage, and for the strong peppermint smell from its when they are rubbed between the fingers.
It is not a hardy plant but, like all Geraniums, it is very commonly grown outside as part of a summer. Plants that are to be kept for the next season have to be brought in from the cold as soon as the temperature approaches 10°C (50°F) in the autumn. They must not be brought out again until the late spring, when all likelihood of frost has passed.
Theare small, about 1 cm (3/8in) across, and are white with reddish marks on them. The variety ‘Variegatum’ has cream-edged leaves.
A sunnywall offers an excellent situation for the leafyFowth of Peppermint-scented Geranium.
It is easy to increase Peppermint – scented Geranium by taking tipin summer. Choose a sturdy, healthy for best results.
1 Take a tip7.5-10cm (3-4in) long and trim off the lower and any flower buds or flowers.
2 Dip the cut end intoand put the cutting in a pot of barely moist made of a mixture of equal parts coarse sand or perlite and peat moss. Use a pot 7.5cm (3in) for single cuttings, or put a few cuttings together in a larger, 10cm (4in) pot.
3 Put the pot in a well-lit spot with filtered light and water the new plant or plants sparingly while rooting is taking place. The first sign of rooting is new growth, and this should take about 2 or 3 weeks to appear.
4 Gradually increaseuntil the plant is being watered moderately. After about a month gradually move the cutting into bright sunshine and treat it as an adult plant.
5 When theof the cutting completely fill the pot, move it to a pot one size larger filled with well-drained, soil-based with added coarse sand. Pinch out some of the growing tips of young plants to encourage the development of bushy growth.
Pests And Diseases
A white, powdery deposit in spots or in a fine coating appearing on leaves or stems is an attack of, or powdery mildew as it is sometimes called.
Treatment: Remove and destroy any badly affected leaves and spray the plant with a suitable fungicide.
The plant’sis black and rotting where it enters the compost and the plant collapses when infected with a disease known as black rot, black stem rot or black leg.
Treatment: This is most likely to be caused by overwatering or by the air being too humid. Do not overwater and keep in dry air. Plants affected cannot be saved but healthy top growth can be used as cuttings to make new plants.
Peppermint-scented Geranium needs the minimum of care, but make sure it has the right amount of light and water.
: Pot in a small using well-drained, soil-based compost. Repot larger plants every year, trimming the and cutting back top growth by about one half. Put them in a similar-sized pot with fresh mixture.
Water moderately in summer and sparingly in the winter.
Feeding: Apply a dilute liquid fertilizer (one containing plenty of potash) every 14 days during the active growing period.
BEST GROWTH ENVIRONMENT
Light: Put Peppermint-scented Geranium where it will get plenty of bright sunshine. These plants flower and grow best with as much light as possible.
Temperature: Average room temperatures are fine during the summer. In winter temperatures must be kept at about 10°C (50°F). Plants outside in window-boxes or tubs must be brought indoors out of the cold.
Can be bought in the spring for planting out in tubs or window-boxes.
Buy a compact plant with healthy foliage and many flower buds.
Will last only one summer if kept outside hut bringing it in each autumn will keep it going from season to season.
The potent, minty smell of this cheerful flowering plant gives it its name. It isand likes a sunny spot to show off its velvety leaves and tiny flowers.