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Information About Scented Geraniums


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How to Overwinter Geraniums

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Geraniums (Pelargonium hybrids) are usually only grown as annuals, except in USDA zones 10 and 11, where the mild climate allows them to flourish outdoors all year long  . Therefore, come fall, gardeners in zones colder than 10 have four options for their plants: Let them die off as annuals bring them indoors as houseplants propagate new plants from cuttings or store them dormant until spring. If your garden is full of this flower, it's probably worth it to overwinter some plants. However, if you only grow a few plants each year, buying new ones in the spring might be more cost-effective and less time-consuming.

The longer you keep geraniums growing indoors in pots, the woodier the stems will become and the less they will flower. So, if you want a profusion of blooms, you’re better off purchasing new plants as annuals each year.


VARIETIES OF GERANIUMS TO TRY

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Pelargonium xhortorum ‘Vancouver Centennial’
Red stellar zonal geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 12 to 18 inches tall / 12 to 18 inches wide

Bloom Time: Summer

Colors: Scarlet red flowers with variegated gold and bronze leaves

Photo by: Tim Ludwig / Millette Photomedia.

Pelargonium xhortorum ‘First Yellow’
Yellow zonal geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 12 to 15 inches tall / 10 to 18 inches wide

Bloom Time: Summer

Colors: Buttery yellow flowers

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Pelargonium ‘Frank Headley’
Fancy leaf zonal geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 18 to 24 inches tall / 12 to 18 inches wide

Bloom Time: Spring to fall

Colors: Salmon-colored flowers with green and white variegated foliage

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Pelargonium xpeltatum ‘Royal Lavender’
Ivy Geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 10 to 12 inches tall / 14 to 18 inches wide

Bloom Time: Spring to fall

Colors: Shades of pink, red, purple and white

Photo by: Rock Giguère / Millette Photomedia.

Pelargonium xpeltatum Focus Hot Pink
Ivy Geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 8 to 10 inches tall / 12 to 14 inches wide

Bloom Time: Spring to fall

Colors: Hot pink flowers with dark leaves

Photo by: Rock Giguère / Millette Photomedia.

Pelargonium Candy Flowers Violet
Regal geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 10 to 20 inches tall / 12 to 20 inches wide

Bloom Time: Summer

Colors: Pink, purple, lavender, red, orange and white often speckled or multi-colored

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Pelargonium ‘Rimfire’
Martha Washington geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 12 to 24 inches tall / 12 to 24 inches wide

Bloom Time: Summer

Colors: Pink, purple, lavender, red, orange and white often speckled or multi-colored

Photo by: Garden World Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo.

Pelargonium crispum
Scented geranium (lemon)

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 18 to 36 inches tall / 18 to 24 inches wide

Bloom Time: Summer

Colors: Mauve, pink, purple and white

Photo by: Clare Gainey / Alamy Stock Photo.

Pelargonium graveolens
Scented geranium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 36 to 48 inches tall / 24 to 36 inches wide

Bloom Time: Summer

Colors: Mauve, pink, purple and white

Photo by: Clare Gainey / Alamy Stock Photo.

Pelargonium ‘Darmsden’
Angel pelargonium

Zones: 10-11, or grown as an annual in colder climates

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Height/Spread: 12 to 36 inches tall / 12 to 24 inches wide

Bloom Time: Spring to fall

Colors: Mainly shades of lavender and pink


How to Care for Geraniums Outdoors

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Bedding geraniums (pelargonium) are considered half-hardy annuals. Native to the Northern Hemisphere, this plant can grow outside year-round in areas with warm, dry days and cool nights, such as Sunset's climate zones 17 and 24 they do well in zones 15, 16, 22 and 23. Depending on the variety, geraniums grow 1 to 4 feet tall and produce large, showy blossoms in shades of white, pink, red, lavender, purple, magenta and rose. Scented geraniums have fragrant leaves that smell like apple, almond, lime, nutmeg, rose, lemon and peppermint.

Watch for the geranium to bloom in late spring it continues to bloom until frost. It grows best in full sun and rich, well-drained soil.

Apply a liquid plant food after new growth appears. Repeat the application every two to three weeks throughout the growing season. Geraniums planted in rich garden soil do not need plant food.

Water regularly, but do not over-water. Soggy soil due to poor drainage can kill the geranium.

Pinch off the stem tips on new geraniums if a bushy appearance is desired. Deadhead the faded flowers regularly to stimulate repeat blooming. Clean up the flower bed to reduce chances for pests and diseases.

Watch for pests, including aphids, whiteflies, spider mites and geranium budworms. Spray with the naturally occurring bacteria, bacillus thuringiensis.

Watch for rust disease. Remove diseased parts or, if needed, entire plants to prevent spreading the disease, and treat the geranium with a fungicide. Good growing practices, such as spacing 6 inches apart and avoiding wetting foliage when watering reduces the chance for disease.

Bring container-grown geraniums inside before the first frost. If the geraniums are grown in the flower bed, pull up the plant after the first frost.

  • The New Sunset Western Garden Book Kathleen Norris Brenzel
  • The Complete Garden Flower Book Catie Zille
  • Ohio State University: Pelargonium x hortorum
  • Do not plant geraniums in the same location each year, to prevent recurring problems with diseases and pests.
  • Do not add diseased plants to the compost.

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.


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