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
Sow seeds immediately when they matured at a depth of 2 to 3 mm and space them 10 cm apart in seed trays.
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.
Works well in a large pot in a bright light position of the garden.
Pretty and understated flowers.
Once established, pelargoniums can survive dry spells.
Other uses of Lemon Pelargonium
Popular in baking in flavouring - use the whole leaves in traditional malva pudding!
A rolled leaf will help relieve an earache, it is used in traditional healing for cold sores, sore throats and infections.