Posts Tagged ‘geraniums’

How To Use Scented Geranium Leaves

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Scented geranium leaves that work for culinary and aromatherapy.

One of my favourite herbal plants is a scented rose geranium, which gives off a delicious scent of rose when the leaves are crushed. The houseplants we commonly call geraniums are actually Pelargoniums in botanical-speak. They are tender perennials, originating in South Africa. But no matter the name, the rose geranium is one of my Must Have plants. While it’s not a flowering specimen—the flowers are insignificant—rose geranium is more than worth it to grow for the scent alone.

In nature, there are some plants and flowers that have complex aromas and flavors. Probably the best example of this is wine grapes. Just think of all the words to describe your favorite wines: berry, chocolate, citrus, oaky, grassy. The list is almost endless. In the world of herbs, scented geraniums are similar.

I use it as a ‘walk by” form of aromatherapy, grabbing a leaf and burying my nose in it, for a shot of wondrous olfactory bliss. This is the kind of thing you need in November, or any winter day, really. The scent is similar to the Attar of Rose scent, a true rose fragrance.

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Calluses Are A Good Thing When Rooting Houseplants

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Any leaf with a bit of stalk (petiole) attached will form a new plant, after callusing.

I think it’s always worth it try to root a house plant cutting. Even though winter isn’t the ideal time, it can still be done. As Helen Lewis, of Mastering Horticulture says: “Plants are super-organisms.  Given the right environment most plant tissues can regenerate into new plants.” When I break off a piece of a geranium (Pelargonium), either by pruning or by accident I hate to throw out those sources of potential new plants. (It’s the thrifty in me.) To give a fresh cutting its best start you need to do something counter-intuitive to get it started: letting it dry out. Not the leaves, but the cut end of the stem.

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