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How to Grow Scented Geraniums Indoors as a House Plant all year - SEE SIZE GUIDE IN THIS ARTICLE

(September 17, 2016)

Scented Geraniums, Pelargoniums
are excellent house plants for indoors all year round
that is why we say they are

'Living Natural Fragrance for Homes and Gardens' 

It really was a very happy and life changing day for me when I came across these beautiful and versatile plants.  The sheer pleasure that they give me on a daily basis is beyond comparison.  I love to show visitors around our Nursery and their comments, amazement and reaction is an absolute joy to behold.  Why, you might be asking?  For me I just cannot think of any other group of plants that have such unique qualities and each and every type is truly an individual with its own characteristics. 

No wonder that the Victorians became so enamoured with the Scenteds, as the vast range of scents makes these herbs so versatile.  A selection of leaves in a bowl is the most natural of room fresheners, whilst the oils contained in the leaves are a welcome natural flavouring to recipes and many other herbal and medicinal preparations. 

In the Home
Scented Leaf Pelargoniums make an excellent indoor house plant all year round and we are aware that many of our Customers do purchase them for this purpose.  There are so many differing Scenteds, which come in all shapes, sizes and habits that I thought I’d provide a quick guide of which are the most suitable from our Catalogue for growing in the home.  We do receive quite a lot of emails asking this question.  Of, course if you do have plenty of space to show off your treasured beauties there is absolutely no reason why you cannot grow the larger specimens.
Growing Guide
All plants require potting on at some stage in their lives.  However, when a plant is contained in a pot the growth becomes much slower and you may be able to keep the plant to a size that suits you.  There are a few things that you should do and they are as follows: 
  • When purchasing plants from our Catalogue they will require moving on into larger pots as they grow. 
  • All Scenteds do need feeding throughout the growing season.  Inside, this would continue through the winter months, although I would decrease the amount from October through to about February.
  • Growing Medium/Compost does need changing from time to time.  As plants grow they take out all of the nutrients and the compost becomes dust like with nothing in it to promote a healthy plant.  Never use garden soil.
  • Correct watering is essential, preferably from the bottom for roots to take it up.  Watering from the top often results in wet top compost but very dry bottom.  It’s the roots that water the plant and keep it alive.
  • Large Scenteds, such as listed below, may be grown in containers indoors and to a point may be kept to a certain size before becoming totally pot bound.  The way to check excessive growth is to thin out the branches and to gently trim back the roots.  The plus side is that when you take off excessive branches you have great cutting material.
  • Tip:  please remember that there are quite a few Scented Geraniums that do mature into very large plants.  It is hard to imagine that from a Starter Size that there is some Scenteds that will grow into a plant that will be 3 feet in height by 3 feet in spread.  Just in one season!
Scented Leaf Pelargonium Size Guide for Growing in the Home
 
NB:  I have included some types in 2 columns as an indication that you would be able to restrict growth but they will grow larger if potted into a bigger sized pot or container.
The information below is a Guide only and there will be variations in sizes depending on growing conditions, feeding and watering etc.
 
 
Lower Growing/Semi-Trailing
Beginner - Easy Skill
often dense and compact
will need thinning out
Pot/Container Size:  1 to 3 ltrs
at maturity
Medium Height & Spread
Uprights/Self-Branching
Easy to Medium Growing Skill
will require thinning out and
trimming back from time to time
Pot/Container Size:  2 to 5 ltrs
at maturity
 
The Larger Scenteds
Growing Skill Varies
Spectacular and Showy
most suited for large containers
Pot/Container Size:  5ltrs to as much
as 60 ltrs at maturity
Abrotanifolium
Annsbrook Beauty
Ardwick Cinnamon
Aroma
Brilliantine
Charmay Snowflake
Concoor Lace
Creamy Nutmeg
Crispum Peaches & Cream
Crispum Variegatum
Cy's Sunburst
Dean's Delight
Deerwood Lavender Lad
Deerwood Lavender Lass
Dichondraefolium
Filicifolium
Fragrans – all types
Fringed Apple
Fruity
Galway Star
Lavender Lindy
Odoratissmum
Old Spice
Pink Capricorn
Prince of Orange
Royal Oak
Sidoides
Annsbrook Beauty
Attar of Roses
Attar of Roses Variegated
Big Apple
ALL BirdBush types
Brunswick
Camphor Rose
Candy Dancer
Charity
Charmay Snowflake
Citronella
Clorinda
Cola Bottles
Concolor Lace
Copthorne
Crispum Peaches & Cream
Crispum Variegatum
Crispum Peaches & Cream
Cy's Sunburst
Dean's Delight
Deerwood Lavender Lad
Deerwood Lavender Lass
Dichondraefolium
Dorcus Bingham
Fair Ellen
Fern Mint
Filicifolium
Fragrans – all types
Fringed Apple
Fruity
Galway Star
Gemstone
Gibbosum
Grace Thomas
Graveolens
Grey Lady Plymouth
Hansen's Wild Spice
Hemley
Lady Plymouth
Lady Scarborough
Lara Ballerina
Lara Nomad
Lara Starshine
Lemon Fancy
Lilian Pottinger
Mabel Grey
Nervosum
Odoratissmum
Orange Fizz
Orsett
Pink Capricorn
Poquita
Princeanum
Prince of Orange
Prince of Orange American
Queen of Lemons
Quercifolium
Radula
Red Capri
Rober's Lemon Rose
Royal Oak
Scilly Mauve
Secret Love
Sidoides
Sweet Mimosa
Sweet Miriam
Tomentosum Chocolate Mint
Tomentosum Peppermint
Torrento
Welling

Attar of Roses

A of R Variegated

Big Apple

ALL BirdBush types

Brunswick

Candy Dancer

Capitatum true rose

Clorinda

Cola Bottles

Copthorne

Dorcus Bingham

Dr Westerlund

Fern Mint

Gemstone

Grace Thomas

Graveolens

Grey Lady Plymouth

Hansen's Wild Spice

Hemley

Lady Plymouth

Lara Ballerina

Lara Nomad

Lara Starshine

Lemon Fancy

Lilian Pottinger

Mabel Grey

Nervosum

Odoratissmum

Orange Fizz

Orsett

Poquita

Princeanum

Prince of Orange

Prince of Orange American

Queen of Lemons

Quercifolium

Radula

Red Capri

Rober's Lemon Rose

Royal Oak

Scilly Mauve

Secret Love

Sweet Mimosa

Sweet Miriam

Tomentosum Chocolate Mint

Tomentosum Peppermint

Torrento

Welling

 

 

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