days to maturity: 50 days
plant spacing: 1 plants per 3 square feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: overwatering
harvest notes: harvest whole branches low to encourage branching
Attar of Rose scented Geranium is a beautiful ornamental and useful plant, however its leaves are not edible out of hand. It is commonly used as a more affordable substitute for actual rose petals in essential oils, body products, and rose water production. Beautiful delicate pink flowers are edible and can be candied too. Our favorite use for the rose geranium leaves (besides simply scratching and sniffing them) is a baking technique a chef told us about once: Hide a rose geranium leaf under your wax paper when baking a cake and it will slightly scent your entire cake as it bakes. Rose geranium leaves are also commonly added to jams and jellies during the boiling process and removed before it sets. We also encourage you to try making a hydrosol out of the leaves, like our friend Juliane of The Garden Jules does with our plant when it gets too big. Google the step by step and don’t get intimidated, its very easy to do with a large pot with a lid, some ice and some bowls. Making a hydrosol is a great way to extract the beautiful scent of the leaves and use it as a moistening and enlivening spray for the face. Rose geranium plants can get big and last years, so make sure to give it plenty of space in your permanent planting area of the garden.