Please recommend recipes and overwinter care for scented geraniums?
August 31, 2014 1:49 PM Subscribe
Hello culinary gardeners, I went hogwild with scented geraniums this spring, because I've been fascinated with them for some time. They did great in pots on my porch, but fall is breathing down my neck and I'd like to harvest some leaves if I can, and also overwinter them if possible (I'm in zone 8b, lowest temp is 20F). Questions: how far back can I cut them? Do you have any recipes/uses that you've actually tried them in?
posted by Lardmitten to Home & Garden (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have chocolate mint, mimosa, attar of rose, regular(?) rose, and nutmeg. So far I've just enjoyed rubbing my arms over them and smelling awesome, as well as watching the bees go at them, but I would like to preserve them for winter somehow. Sugar syrup? Will they last if candied? Do they freeze? I'd love to do some kind of xmas present with them for fellow cooks/cocktail nerds or people who like to smell good.
Overwintering: Have you had luck just leaving them outside and having them resprout in the spring if it rarely dips below freezing? I do this with my tarragon, mint, thyme, etc in pots next to the geraniums. Thank you!
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