Scented geraniums, from the genus Pelargonium, may give off an exciting aroma of apricot, rose, apple, mint, lemon or chocolate peppermint, to name a few. Unlike many geranium species, the scented varieties tend to produce fewer and smaller flowers. However, the leaves of a scented geranium may be more colorful, and the scent alone is reason enough to grow the plant. The leaves can be used in teas or in salads to add a refreshing flavor.
Grow scented geranium plants from seed or cuttings. If growing from cuttings, use a rooting hormone, and do not cover the plants, as they have a tendency to rot.
Place scented geranium plants in bright light indoors or outdoors in bright light to part shade. Be sure to check the specific needs of the variety you are growing, since some prefer cooler temperatures.
Water regularly, but let the soil dry out between waterings.
Give plants all-purpose fertilizer in the spring. If you wish to encourage flower growth, potassium-rich fertilizers may help.
Prune plants by pinching back the stem tips in autumn to improve the plants' shapes. Geraniums have a tendency to trail. Remove faded blossoms or leaves to encourage new growth.