Fragrance Geranium Care: Cut, Increase & Overwinter

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Geranium - Pelargonium

Fragrance geraniums are available as annual or perennial plants. A special feature is the striking fragrant leaves of the plant. The foliage can very, depending on the variety, have very different shapes. There are varieties with finely divided or plate-shaped leaves. The scent glands are located on the underside of the leaves and exude a pleasant smell even with a light touch. The flowers are small to medium sized and may look purple, pink, red or white.

Short overview

  • Location: very sunny and airy
  • Substrate: water-permeable earth
  • Fertilization: liquid fertilizer
  • Watering: moderately in summer, very little in winter
  • Hibernation: bright and cool
  • Propagation: by Kopfstecklinge
  • Cutting: in the spring


Fragrance geraniums thrive best in a sunny and sheltered place. Wet and wind can not tolerate the plants. In the sun they receive enough energy and power to fully develop their extraordinary fragrance. They are ideal as potted plants, as they are very sensitive to frost and have to move to their winter quarters already at the first frosts.


Fragrance geraniums prefer a water-permeable soil, as they do not tolerate waterlogging. The substrate should therefore be humus, loose, light and not too heavily fertilized. The ideal substrate for scented geranium is composed of one part clay, two parts sand and two parts compost. In the pot drainage should be introduced with a height of about 2 cm. For this gravel, expanded clay or potsherds are suitable.


During the growing season (spring and summer) a liquid fertilizer should be used every 3 weeks. The plants should be watered well first.

to water

Fragrance geraniums must be poured carefully, as they tolerate no moisture. In the summer they are moderately poured and in winter very little. Before casting, always check that the soil is real and the plants need water. Dry phases do not harm the fragrance geranium. Schlappende plants recover very quickly when they get water again.


As soon as the first frost threatens, the plants must be brought into the house. Fragrance geraniums survive winter best in a bright, dry and cool location. About 8 to 10° C are ideal. At these low temperatures fragrance geranium needs almost no water, but the root ball should never completely dry out. If there is little space for hibernation, the plants can be wintered without pots. For this they are potted and placed in a box. The roots should still be slightly surrounded with earth. During hibernation, the plants must be regularly checked so that no mold forms. Scented geraniums can also be overwintered on the windowsill if there is no cold room where plants can hibernate. The room should be cool and the pouring is very reduced. The plants only get water when the upper layer of the earth is dry. Should flower buds form during this time, they will break out. This helps the plants to save power. During hibernation fragrance geraniums are not fertilized.


Duftgeranien are propagated by Kopfstecklinge. For this one cuts in the summer about 10 cm long shoot tips. The pots should stand until they are rooted in a bright place at about 20° C.
Many popular potted plants, including the Duftgeranien, can be propagated by cuttings that you pull in the greenhouse in Anzuchterde. Cut the cuttings from July to early August. For the cuttings to survive their first winter, a minimum temperature of 5 - 7 degrees Celsius is required. Be careful not to over-pour.

To cut

Before wintering, only long, weak shoots are cut back. In the spring then cut back the plants to about 10 cm. This is important, as fragrance geraniums only bloom on new shoots.

Video Board: Growing Scented Geraniums In Containers.

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