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Geranium, Scented (Pelargonium capitatum)
Evergreen perennial when protected from frost, otherwise grown as an annual. This plant exudes sensual and calming fragrance. Balances cardiac, immune and nervous systems. A highly desired plant. This seed will produce progeny of various colors and scents. We think it is fun to grow them out from seed and test each individula to see what it smells like and how intense the colors on the flowers are. Then if we like it, we can reproduce more plants with the same traits by making cuttings. Anybody can do this and it is a great project with very open-ended potential for pleasant results. Excellent to grow in pots. Sun to part shade. Sow seed in spring. A good solar greenhouse or grow lights recommended. Prepare a deep flat with fast-draining potting soil. Seeds are fitted with a corkscrew aril so it is best to orient seeds point down into the surface (the way they would drill in in nature) and cover with about 1/8 inch of sand or grit. Keep warm, evenly moist and in the light until germination, which occurs within 3 weeks. Seedlings germinate up through the sand. The third leaf is a true leaf that shows the scalloped margin so characteristic of this genus. Pot up to successively larger pots, always using the fast draining mix. Keep plants warm and in the light, and water when they droop. Plants grow quickly and bloom. Keep in pot culture or transplant out to frost-free rock garden one foot apart. 20 seeds/pkt open pollinated
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