Prince Of Orange Flower Info: Prince Of Orange Scented Geranium Care

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Also known as Prince of Orange scented geranium (Pelargonium x citriodorum), Pelargonium ‘Prince of Orange,’ doesn’t produce big, striking blooms like most other geraniums, but the delightful scent more than makes up for the lack of visual pizzazz. As the name indicates, Prince of Orange pelargoniums are scented leaf geraniums that exudes the warm aroma of citrus. Want to try your hand at growing Prince of Orange pelargoniums? Growing Prince of Orange geraniums isn’t difficult, as you’re about to find out!

Prince of Orange Flower Info

Although they may not be flashy, Prince of Orange scented geraniums have plenty to offer with glossy foliage and clusters of pale pinkish lavender flowers marked with purple veins. Blooming usually continues throughout the growing season. Prince of Orange pelargoniums are perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11 and may survive zone 9 with winter protection. In cooler climates, Pelargonium Prince of Orange is grown as an annual.

Growing Prince of Orange Geranium Plants

Although Prince of Orange geranium is adaptable to most types of well-drained soil, it thrives in soil with a slightly acidic pH. You can also plant Prince of Orange pelargoniums in a container filled with a high-quality potting mixture. Water in-ground pelargonium whenever the top 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) of soil feels dry to the touch. Pelargonium is relatively forgiving, but the soil should never be bone dry. On the other hand, plants in waterlogged soil are susceptible to root rot, so strive for a happy medium. Keep a close eye on Pelargonium Prince of Orange grown in containers and check the plants daily during hot weather, as potting soil dries much more quickly. Water deeply whenever the soil feels dry, then let the pot drain thoroughly. Water Prince of Orange scented geranium at the base of the plant, using a garden hose or watering can. Avoid overhead watering, if possible, as damp foliage is more susceptible to rot and other moisture-related diseases. Fertilize Prince of Orange pelargoniums every four to six weeks using a general-purpose, balanced fertilizer. Deadhead flowers as soon as they wilt to encourage formation of new buds. Cut back side stems if Prince of Orange pelargoniums look straggly during late summer.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.