Geranium

Pelargonium ‘Pungent Peppermint’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Pungent Peppermint’)
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Genus:  Pelargonium
This trailing plant has peppermint-scented, deeply cut leaves and mauve flowers.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Leaves release fragrance when touched. Great in containers.
Care:  Grow in full sun. It will not tolerate poor drainage. In a container, ensure drainage and adequate moisture by using a good potting mix that contains ingredients like peat moss, pasteurized compost, and perlite. Use a timed-released fertilizer in the soil or an all-purpose liquid fertilizer when you water. Pelargoniums like magnesium, and a teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) added to each gallon of fertilizer solution every few waterings will adequately supply this nutrient. As with plants in the ground, place containers in the full sun. When temperatures get above 90°F pelargoniums appreciate some afternoon shade. Bring potted plants indoors before outdoor temperatures drop below 45°F, to avoid shocking them. Place them in a south-facing windowsill that gets at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 70°F in late winter or early spring, or take softwood cuttings in spring, late summer, or early autumn.
Problems:  Thrips, spider mites, mealybugs, caterpillars, gray mold, mildew, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, and edema are common problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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