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

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

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

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 feel 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.

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Vibrant Venidium

What African flower is shiny, striking, and splotched?

To me, glossy cape daisy (Venidium fastuosum or Arctotis fastuosa) blooms resemble vividly painted sunflowers. Each 3- to 4-inch flower sports a large black center surrounded by fancy "braid," with maroon dashes--alternating with shorter dots--radiating up from the bases of its petals. The white variety also wears a gold ring around its deep, dark center.

It is called 'Zulu Prince', and the orange cultivar 'Orange Prince'. 'Jaffa Ice' appears to be a mix of the two colors.

Like sunflowers, cape daisies need Old Sol. In fact, they tend to close whenever they aren’t getting enough rays, such as at night and during cloudy weather. Since they originated in South Africa and Nambia, you may be tempted to believe they require lots of heat as well. Not so.

Because cape daisies bloom during the spring in their homeland, after the ground is soaked by winter rains, they actually prefer cool conditions. In fact, Plantz Africa reports them to be frost hardy, but doesn’t specify how many degrees of frost they will tolerate.

The plants can be perennial in zones higher than 9, but should be sown there in fall or winter, to encourage them to bloom in spring or early summer before the heat moves in. Keep in mind that it takes them about 3 1/2 months to flower from seed.

When grown as annuals, they usually perform best in areas with cool summers. They require lightly moist, very well drained soil in full sun, as soggy conditions can kill them. It appears, however, that drought can do them in, too!

I started my 'Zulu Prince' cape daisies in March but waited until after the last frost to move them outdoors. Naturally, they began blooming in July just about the time torrid weather arrived. After producing just a few blooms each, including the one pictured in the banner of this article, they proceeded to expire in dramatic fashion. Our summer has been on the dry side, so I'm guessing I probably didn’t water them enough and they concluded that their blooming season was over.

I’m glad I tried venidiums, though, as they were visually fascinating, even if somewhat fleeting! Their foliage is silvery and fuzzy with cobweb-y buds. The plants tend to be floppy as well, so I had to stake mine. They generally grow to about 2 feet, but their height reportedly depends on how much water they get.

To start them from seeds, press those seeds into the surface--or no more than 1/8 inch under the surface-- of damp seed sowing mix amended with sand. Then keep them under somewhat cool conditions, preferably between 60 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit, until they germinate. Mine took four days to sprout, but they may require up to three weeks. Their germination rate appears to be on the low side. After planting seven seeds, I ended up with only two plants.

If the broad-centered sunflower look doesn’t appeal to you, there are other arctotis species which more closely resemble daisies and often are called "African daisies."

Just don’t confuse them with osteospermums. Although the latter also originated in Africa, also prefer cool conditions, and also are called African daisies, they belong to a different--though closely related--genus. That should make us happy we have those Latin names, even when we don't have a clue as to how to pronounce them!

Grow and care for Geraniums (Pelargoniums)

The geranium was introduced into Europe from South Africa towards the beginning of the 17th century today it is one of the most popular of flowers. It is native to South Africa, Australia and Turkey, but is now widely grown in the temperate areas of the world.

Of the several sub-divisions of the genus the following six are the most popular.
1. Zonals (P. hortorum) Commonly but incorrectly known as ‘geraniums’, these are widely grown in beds, greenhouses, tubs, urns, borders, etc. Foliage may be zoned or plain, flowers single, double or semi-double, colors ranging from white through all shades of salmon and pink to reds and purples. Included in this section are Irenes, Deacons, Rosebuds, Cactus and Stellar varieties, detailed as follows :

IRENES This vigorous strain was raised in California and produces larger flower-heads in greater abundance than older varieties. Flowers are produced on long stems making them particularly suitable for arrangements and cut flowers, and are all semi-double. Spaced at not less than 18-in. intervals for correct development in beds and borders, the best results are obtained by planting first into 5-in. clay pots and sinking the pots into the ground. The following is a selection : `Springtime’, light salmon-pink
‘Trull’s Hatch’, coral-pink with paler center
‘Penny’, neon-pink with blue overtones
‘Electra’, deep red with blue overtones
‘Surprise’, powder-pink
‘Modesty’, pure white.

DEACONS (often known as Floribunda Geraniums) Derived from a cross between an ivy-leaf and a miniature, these are more com pact than Irenes and produce many more smaller flowerheads. The development of the plant may be controlled by the pot size: for instance a plant in a 5-in. pot will grow to about 1 ft. in diameter, whereas one in a 15-in. pot may develop to about 4 ft. in diameter. Six of the most popular varieties, all double, are: ‘Deacon Bonanza’, neon-pink
‘D. Coral Reef’, coral-pink
‘D. Mandarin’, orange
‘D. Fireball’, bright red
‘D. Lilac Mist’, pale lilac-pink
‘D. Romance’, purple-mauve with blue tinge.


The former bear relatively small flowers and the petals never fully open, thus looking like rosebuds. There are five varieties, three shades of red, one medium purple and one white with pink edges to the petals and a green center. Cactus varieties have narrow twisted petals rather like quills. Colors range through white, salmon and pink to red, orange and purple.

STELLAR VARIETIES, available in both single and double varieties, originated in Australia. The foliage is star-shaped (hence the name), sometimes zoned but often unmarked, and the flowers are carried on long stems. Plants will grow to over 5 ft. in Australia and California.

2 . Fancyleaf Zonals These are mainly grown for their unusual leaf coloring, the flowers often (but not always) being insig­nificant, usually red, single and sparsely produced. Popular for bedding schemes, they are also widely used for edging borders and to add variety to mixed groups. Leaf color ing ranges from green-and-black, various shades of green, yellow and bronze to red and copper in a variety of combinations. Because they are seldom as bushy as the Irenes or Deacons, a more impressive effect is produced by spacing them 8-9 in. apart. The following six will give an idea of the colorings available
‘A Happy Thought’, mid-green leaves with cream butterfly mark in the center, flowers red, single
‘Mrs Pollock’, red single flowers, leaves red, cream and bronze
‘Mrs Quilter’, pea-green leaves with broad bronze zone, salmon-pink single flowers
‘Mrs Cox’, leaves green, flowers red, purple and cream
‘Skies of Italy’, green, cream, purple and orange foliage
‘Miss Burdett Coutts’, leaves marked green, cream, bronze and pink.

3. Regals (P. domesticum) These are commonly known in Britain and Australia as geraniums and in USA as show or Lady Washington geraniums. They are mainly grown in this country as pot plants and greenhouse plants but they are suitable for outside beds, borders and tubs in sheltered but sunny positions. The older varieties flower for only two or three months of the year but the modern hybrids will continue to flower for at least ten months if grown under correct conditions. Flowering de­pends upon light to a large extent if the quality of winter light is sufficient they can be flowered throughout the year if the light is poor they will rest. In their natural environment show geraniums have no dormant period nor do they need one dormancy is unnatural to them and is produced by adverse conditions.

Colors range from white to near-black through every possible shade and combination of shades (many being multi-colored), except yellow and pure blue. The flowers are usually larger than those of the zonals and the leaves are unzoned. However, there are now at least two varieties with colored foliage. ‘Miss Australia’ has silver-edged foliage and deep-pink flowers ‘Golden Princess’, has gold and green foliage and white flowers. The following are among the most suitable for greenhouse or outside use:

`Georgia Peach’, peach-pink with frilled petals (USA)
`Geronimo’, blood-red with frilled petals (USA)
‘Aztec’, strawberry, white and chocolate with maroon markings (USA)
‘Grandma Fischer’, bright orange with brown marks on most petals (USA)
`Nhulunbuy’, cerise, edged with white, very ruffled (Australia)
‘South American Bronze’, chocolate-maroon with white edge to petals (USA).

4. Ivyleaf varieties (P. peltatum) The fleshy leaves of these are shield-shaped. Flowers may be single, semi-double or double. These trailing varieties are mainly used in Britain for hanging baskets, tubs and urns, but are widely planted in other countries in bedding schemes for ground cover. Foliage may be zones or plain, and there are a few fancy-leaved varieties, including ‘Crocodile’, with a mesh-like pattern over the foliage in white or cream. Colors range through white, salmon and pink to reds and purple. The six modern varieties listed below are a vast improvement on the older ones: ‘Sybil Holmes’ (`Ailsa Garland’), rose-pink, double (USA) ‘Blue Springs’, mauve-pink double, upright habit (Continental) ‘Cliff House’, white rosettes with a touch of pink in the center (USA): Jack of Hearts’, bright pink semi-double with scar­let mark on each petal, upright habit (USA) `Malibu’, crimson-cerise with maroon marks and orange flash, double (USA).

5.Scented-leaf varieties There are hundreds of these since they seed readily and produce many forms with only slight variations. The aroma is released when the foliage is brushed or gently pinched with the fingers. In California and South Africa they can make bushes up to several feet in dia meter. The following six will serve as the basis for a collection: geranium ‘Cris­pum’, lemon scented leaves
‘Dr Livingstone’, finely divided leaves which are rose scented
‘Fragrans’, nutmeg scented
‘Graveolens’, leaves rose scented, flowers pink with purple veins
‘Lady Plymouth’, rose scented leaves, flowers lavender marked with darker veins
‘Prince of Orange’, orange scented with small pale mauve flowers.

6.Miniatures and Dwarfs These are mostly zonals, double, semi-double and single varieties in colors ranging from white through salmon and pink to reds and purples. This classification covers mature plants normally less than 8 in. high, chiefly grown as greenhouse pot plants but they can be used very effectively in bedding schemes, wall pockets and borders. Cultivation is as for other groups but over-potting should be avoided if maximum flower is desired. They can be flowered throughout the year under the correct conditions. The color range is as for zonals. There are a few miniature regals all with mauve or purple-and-white flowers, and two miniature ivy leaves—
`Gay Baby’, with tiny white flowers, and ‘Sugar Baby’ with pink flowers.

Among zonal varieties are ‘Black Vesuvius’, dark, almost black green leaves and scarlet flowers
‘Fournier’, black green foliage, scarlet blooms
‘Kleiner Leibling’, pink flowers
‘Pigmy’, scarlet double flowers
‘Pixie’, flowers pink with white centers
‘Venue’, pink double flowers.
General Culture All geraniums prefer a sunny position, medium loam and shelter from north and northeast winds. They will withstand temperatures between 34°F (1°C) and 2.0° F (49°C), but will not survive frost. Propagation is by cuttings, 3-4 in. long, taken from green shoots, preferably in late July or early August (cuttings from miniatures will be shorter). Over watering should be avoided plants can easily be killed by an excess of water. Regular feeding with a balanced fertilizer is beneficial, but avoid high-nitrogen feeds including animal manures, which will result in lush growth and few flowers.

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir first in order to drink from it. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks. Then the reservoir is ready to be tested.

TEST: After four weeks, fill the water reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for regular reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the red indicator goes down, meaning the plant has started drinking from the reservoir.

RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after a drying out period of a few days, be sure to refill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.

Step 1: Top water for two weeks. The indicator will look empty, like the picture above.

Step 2: Fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line.

Step 3: Watch the indicator over the next day or two. If it goes down on its own, it means the roots of the plant have grown into the reservoir. From here on out, ONLY water in the reservoir.

Pelargonium ‘Prince of Orange’ (Scented Geranium 'Prince of Orange') Herb Plant

Pelargonium ‘Prince of Orange’ (Scented Geranium 'Prince of Orange') Herb Plant

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Scented Geranium 'Prince of Orange' (Pelargonium ‘Prince of Orange’) Herb in 1L Pot

We are all accustomed to seeing traditional geraniums planted as a striking bedding plant in the summer, and while these are good examples of the pelargonium family, the scented-leaf geraniums are somewhat more demure, but equally as fabulous as plants, for both indoors and out. Great grown in containers on the patio where the smell of the leaves can be enjoyed as you brush past.

The scented-leaf geraniums tend to have very interesting leaf shapes and colours, ranging from dark green through to very pale lime, as well as variegated varieties too. The borders of the leaves can be deeply cut or frilled and vary in size, and of course, a host of wonderful fragrances to please the nose.

Scented Geranium 'Prince of Orange' also known as has a distinctive lovely, citrus scent and large leaves, it has pretty clusters of pale pinkish-lavender flowers marked with purple veins in Summer which can be used as a cut flower too. As all the scented geraniums need protection from frost they make wonderful pot plants and can be brought into the house or conservatory over winter months where they will thrive and give pleasure for very little attention.

Scented Geraniums are tender perennials and as such must be planted out only after the risk of the first frost is past, they need full sun in a sheltered position and well drained soil.

Herb Usage

An infusion made from the leaves can be used to flavour drinks, cakes and even ice-cream.

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Pelargonium 'Prince of Orange'

The warm citrus aroma of Prince of Orange Scented Geranium makes a fun trio with Lemon Scented Geranium and Lime Scented Geranium. These are small leaved Scented Geraniums that do well in containers but do not over winter where the larger leaved varieties do.

This Prince of Orange grew to about 18 inches in three months. Since we planted it late in the season it did not flower. They typically bloom in early spring or summer. Still it was an attractive plant that garnered a lot of interest on the patio.

Prince of Orange has large light purple flowers with dark purple streaks.

Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feet

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 10-11

Flower Color: Purple

Characteristics: Full Sun,

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