Geranium

Pelargonium ‘Roger’s Delight’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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Geranium (Pelargonium ‘Roger’s Delight’)
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Genus:  Pelargonium
Trailing ‘Roger’s Delight’ has lemon-scented leaves and large red upper petals and paler lower petals.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Foliage emits a fragrance when touched. Great in containers.
Care:  Scented geraniums 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 fall.
Problems:  Thrips, spider mites, mealy bugs, 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 Habit
Clumps
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
Red
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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