Which parts of scented leaf pelargonium plants are scented and aromatic?
The intense fragrance emitted from scented geraniums does set this versatile group of plants apart fom many others. Attractive additions for gardens and sunny rooms in the home, whereas many have pretty flowers in various sizes, predominantly it is the highly fragrant and natural oils contained in the leaves that captivates the interest of keen gardeners. Generally, it is the leaves that are regularly used as herbs and where the greatest fragrance is to be discovered. The flowers do have a minor scent aroma although this is considered to be insignificant in comparison with the leaves.
Leaves suitable for?......see each type of scented leave pelargonium listed in our Collection
In response to questions that we regularly receive we have attempted to provide an indication as to the alternative possibilities that the leaves of each type may be used for as a fragrant herb. Please keep in mind to use the leaves just as you would well known herbs. In particular, lemon types used in recipes should not be over used as they may upset the digestive system if ingested in large quantities.
We emphasise that we never use any form of chemicals on our plants and they are, therefore, safe to be used in food and drink recipes. Be aware if buying from other suppliers; chemicals will stay in a plant's system for up to 3 months and the leaves should never be used during this period. If you intend to use leaves and/or flowers in future recipes it is imperative that you too do not use any form of chemical based feed or insecticide as you raise your plants, as they grow in to maturity.
**TIP FOR SCENTED LEAF PELARGONIUM and GARDENING BEGINNERS - initially order between 1 to 3 plants**
We understand from the many hundreds of emails that we have received over the years that you may well be excited to have discovered scented leaf pelargonium for the very first time. Yes, we too were very excited and remain so even now. However, please reign in your joyful enthusiasm and initially purchase only one to three types or one of our Selections options. Why you may ask? Again from the emails that we have received over many years it is apparent that Beginners tend to run before they can walk. The essential key to successful growing of any type of plant is to understand the individual plant's needs. Basic growing techniques need to be understood, as plants are not magicians. Any plant requires T & C to thrive.
**********IF YOU ARE NEW TO GROWING PLANTS AND BEFORE BUYING SCENTED GERANIUMS FROM US......************
we cannot be any fairer or honest than to bring this to your attention and we really do not want you to waste your money. plants thrive when their needs are met, this is the underlying rules of successful growing
We highly recommend that you invest in a general pelargonium book. The old fashioned growers are the easiest to follow and their methods remain relevant today. Visit Amazon 2nd hand books and search pelargonium - you should be able to buy for a couple of pounds. Don't waste your money buying a specific scented leaf pelargonium book, we are yet to come across a good one. In the future, writing time permitting, we aim to produce further informative digital downloads, which will include how to successfully nurture and grow scented geraniums.