How to Get Geranium Cuttings


Geraniums are versatile plants that grow outdoors in gardens, containers, hanging baskets and even indoors as houseplants. They produce reliable blooms in a variety of colors from spring until fall and are available for purchase at most garden centers. Since geraniums are easy to propagate from cuttings, a more economical option--especially if you want to grow several new geraniums--is to cultivate your own from an existing geranium. Get geranium cuttings in the fall about four weeks before the first frost.

Step 1

Stop watering the geranium that you are going to cut about two to three weeks before cutting, or about six to seven weeks before the first fall frost.

Step 2

Choose a branch that looks healthy. The leaves should be green with no spots or browning parts. The stem should be strong and straight.

Step 3

Cut 3 to 4 inches off the end of the chosen branch. Make a sharp and clean cut with hand clippers.

Step 4

Begin to grow a new geranium plant from your cutting immediately. Cut off the bottom leaves and plant it about an inch deep in a small planting pot or tray that has moist sandy potting soil. Place it in an area with indirect light until the roots form in a couple weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand clippers
  • Planting pot
  • Potting soil
  • Water


  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Geranium Culture for Home Gardeners
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