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Lemon Pelargonium

Pelargonium citrosum

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Lemon Pelargonium Overview

This fast growing pelargonium species is an elegant fragrant subshrub that has a citronella scent. Its highly aromatic fragrance makes this plant a must have in any herb or scented garden. It is a low maintenance plant that has many uses around the house and garden.

Common problems with Lemon Pelargonium

This plant is generally pest and disease resistant, due to its strong fragrance and high oil content within the plant.

    How to harvest Lemon Pelargonium

    Harvest fresh leaves to be dried and kept in potpourri bowls to repel annoying insects.

    How to propagate Lemon Pelargonium

    Seed

    Sow seeds immediately when they matured at a depth of 2 to 3 mm and space them 10 cm apart in seed trays.

    Cuttings

    Take 15-20cm cuttings and remove bottom leaves. Place in a well-draining soil mixture to root.

    Special features of Lemon Pelargonium

    Attracts useful insects

    It attracts bees.

    Repels harmful insects

    This species repels mosquitoes due to its high level of volatile oils within its leaves.

    Pot plant

    Works well in a large pot in a bright light position of the garden.

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    Pretty and understated flowers.

    Drought resistant

    Once established, pelargoniums can survive dry spells.

    Other uses of Lemon Pelargonium

    culinary

    Popular in baking in flavouring - use the whole leaves in traditional malva pudding!

    medicinal

    A rolled leaf will help relieve an earache, it is used in traditional healing for cold sores, sore throats and infections.

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