Scented geranium care is pretty basic. You can grow them in pots, indoors or out, or in the ground.
A sun loving plant the Geranium needs at least 5 to 6 hours of sun a day, but may need some protection when the sun is at its strongest.
They aren’t fussy about soil type though they don’t like wet feet.
Fertilize them lightly and sparingly while they’re actively growing.
Scented geranium’s tend to get leggy and need to be trimmed back to promote bushiness.
Over-fertilization will only increase this problem. Use the prunings to grow more or share with your friends.
They come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and scents allowing you to pick the right one for your garden.
Warning: All parts of Scented Geraniums are potentially poisonous to cats, dogs and other animals because they contain Geraniol and Linalool which can lead to GI upset, vomiting, depression, anorexia, ataxia, muscle weakness and dermatitis.
If you notice your dog or cat eating leaves or blooms off your geraniums, make sure to contact your vet on what to do next.
Scented Geraniums aren’t poisonous to humans though.
Scented Geraniums became popular when the French perfume industry realized their aromatic potential in 1847.
Most pelargoniums originate from the Cape region in South Africa.
Aside from their ornamental purpose, Geraniums have played a major role in traditional medicine, especially in Africa.
For centuries, Geraniums were used in modern herbal medicine by such tribes as the Fingos, Xhosas, Zulus and Basothos.
Indeed, the herbal medicine practitioners were aware of its medicinal properties, and recommended Geranium roots to help reduce symptoms of respiratory infections, among which were included pneumonia, sinusitis, cough, pharyngitis, sore throat and common colds.