Top Questions About Scented Geraniums

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Questions About Scented Geraniums

Asked by
minnie on
August 15, 2015
England

Q. Potting Scented Geraniums

I have been given two lemon scented geraniums which I intend to grow indoors. They need potting on, but there is a lot of stem at the base of the plants, without any leaves. Can I bury part of the stems when I pot them on? Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 17, 2015
Certified Expert
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Common for Scented Geranium to grow in this pattern.
I would not advise dropping the stem lower into the pot, this can lead to fungus or root rot in the plant.

Pruning is an option and also propagating smaller plants from the mother plant also is common.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/geranium/pruning-geraniums.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/scented-geranium/scented-geranium-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/geranium/geranium-care.htm

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Answered by
minnie on
August 17, 2015
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Thanks Downtoearthdigs

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 12, 2016

Q. water requirements for potted citronella/geranium plant

Plant is outdoors in partial sun/shade. Upon purchase, I replanted in larger container and mixed top soil with the original medium. If I wait too long to water, leaves shrink and collapse. After watering, brown dead spots appear on the leaves.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 13, 2016
Certified Expert
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Generally potted plants outdoors need daily water and even twice daily if the temperatures are above 85 degrees.
The best way to check watering is to actually feel the soil. If the soil is damp when you feel just below the soil surface it is likely ok, if it is dry you need to water.
Make sure the pot is well draining.

The brown spots could be a fungus issue. You can treat the plant with Neem Oil. This acts as both an insecticide and fungicide.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/scented-geranium/scented-geranium-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/scented-geranium/mosquito-citronella-geranium-plant.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
grandmasenn on
November 3, 2016
Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Q. Scented geranium

What can I do with my scented geranium, called mosquito plant citronella, for the winter? I live in southern Wisconsin.

Answered by
Alisma on
November 4, 2016
Certified Expert
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Scented geranium has little frost tolerance, so it will need to be brought indoors to survive the winter. You can transplant it into a pot to keep as a houseplant, or, less reliably, the plant can be dug up and kept in a dark, cool, dry place in a semi-dormant state. You can also take cuttings and keep them growing during the winter.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 13, 2017

Q. citronella geranium

How do you make it bloom? I have had them for years. They hate the sun and refuse to bloom. Starved, fed or watered. They grow into huge vining plants.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 13, 2017
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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 3, 2017

Q. mosquito plant ( geranium)

when pruning, where do you make the cut and do you simply stick the trimmings in the soil to sprout? thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 3, 2017
Certified Expert
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Make the pruning cuts just above a leaf node.
These links will help you with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/geranium/pruning-geraniums.htm
https://www.wikihow.com/Propagate-Geraniums-from-Cuttings

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Asked by
emigodwin on
July 7, 2017
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Q. Propagating Scented Geranium in Water

Hello and thank you for your time. I took a cutting from a scented geranium plant and placed it in water about 2 weeks ago. Now I see 2 root strings (not sure what they are called) growing. I’m not sure how long to keep it in the water and when I can plant it in a pot. Also, I noticed that the leaf on the top has turned black. Is that a problem?

Thank you once again,

Emilia

Answered by
DLarum on
July 8, 2017
Certified Expert
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I would plant it in soil or potting mix as soon as you can and trim off the dead leaf. This article will help
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/geranium/how-to-start-geranium-cuttings.htm

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Answered by
emigodwin on
July 10, 2017
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Thank you, DLarum, for your help. Will plant today and see what happens. Thanks again.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 8, 2017

Q. topping CITRONELLA PLANT

THE PLANT WE HAVE IS BENDING OVER FROM BEING TOO TALL. CAN YOU CUT THE HEIGHT DOWN WITHOUT HURTING THE PLANT?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 9, 2017
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