How to Grow Geranium

Geranium often are grown from cuttings rather than seed. image by Eduardo Deboni/


Geraniums can add a visually inspiring variety of color to your flower garden or window box. The plants produce white, red, pink or orange flowers and grow to about 1 to 2 feet high and 1 to 3 feet wide. Geraniums don't grow well from seed, so they are most often propagated from root cuttings. Some species of geraniums are also edible, as well.

Step 1

Remove a 3- to 4-inch-long cutting from the stem tips of your geranium plant in late spring or early summer.

Step 2

Remove the lower leaves of your plant from 1 to 1 1/2 inch from the bottom.

Step 3

Fill your dish with the root hormone and dip your cutting into it. Shake your cutting gently to remove any excess.

Step 4

Repeat the process with two more cuttings.

Step 5

Fill your pot with potting soil. Poke 3 deep holes evenly spaced out in the pot with a pencil.

Step 6

Put the cuttings in the soil so that at least two nodes on the stem are in the dirt. Push the dirt around the stem and water the plant well.

Step 7

Cover your pot with clear plastic bag and secure it with a rubber band. Set your geranium in a warm spot, but do not put it in direct sunlight. It will root best under indirect sunlight.

Step 8

Remove the plastic for a few hours each day to give the plant fresh air. Remove the plastic permanently when new leaves begin to develop.

Step 9

Transplant your geraniums in a window box or flower garden by spacing them 2 to 3 feet apart in full sun or partial shade.

Step 10

In august, take more root cuttings from your plants and grow them indoors during the winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Geranium plant
  • Root hormone
  • Small dish
  • 6 inch pot
  • Potting soil
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Rubber band


  • Advanced Gardening:Cutting-Edge Growing Techniques for Gardeners; Miranda Smith; 2001.
Keywords: cuttings, edible flowers, geraniums

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: Eduardo Deboni/