Pelargonium graveolens originated in South Africa, but is also grown in Reunion, Madagascar, Morocco and Egypt. It grows two to three feet high and likes a warm, dry climate.
Seeding usually occurs late in the year around November and December with the first cut and distillation occurring in June. Then the plant continues to grow until the second cut around October.
Egypt has the largest commercial plantations of any African country and can produce 40 MT in any one year, second only to that of China
Often referred to as 'Rose Geranium Oil' this is one of the most important and most commonly used ingredients in perfumery.
France and the USA are cited as the world's largest importers; however, it is assumed that France is the biggest consumer (for fine fragrance).
And this year is no different. Prices have settled. As has been observed over the years, the prices of geranium decline after the new crop reaches the market. However, this year prices did not plunge to their usual low levels. The new crop has hit the shelves but prices have been stable. Since demand continues to be steady, reports indicate that prices will hold their positions and will not fall further.
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