15 JulA Look At Growth Habit

Pelargonium crispum
Pelargonium crispum

Today I’m starting a series of posts on the growth habits of the various scented geraniums. How many times have you looked at a plant and thought, “Is it supposed to do that?” So – we’ll start with the lemon scented geraniums.

P. crispum is the plain lemon geranium. It has an upright growth habit, but when a branch gets too long, it starts to lay down and new upright branches grow from the branch that is now horizontal. If the plant were in the ground, that horizontal branch would likely root and thus it would spread. The plant in the picture is now flat like a sail. I’m going to prune off about 2/3 of the long horizontal branch in hopes of encouraging more rounded growth.

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