How to Propagate Scented Geraniums


Scented geraniums are a favorite for their fragrant foliage. The flowers are small and delicate, but not showy. Popular varieties have rose, apple, peppermint, lemon or nutmeg-scented leaves. Geraniums grow indoors, and outside in sunny locations. They are easy to propagate from cuttings.

Step 1

Fill small, clean pots with vermiculite or a packaged rooting medium and water.

Step 2

Take 4-to-6 inch long cuttings from a healthy scented geranium plant. Cut the end right below a leaf node.

Step 3

Remove the lower leaves from each cutting. leaving at least 2 inches to insert in the container.

Step 4

Place the cuttings, one to a container, in the planting medium so that the leaf nodes are submerged. Water the cuttings thoroughly.

Step 5

Place the containers in a light, warm spot away from direct sun and keep them moist while the cuttings root (four to six weeks).

Step 6

Move the containers to a full-sun location when the roots start to grow. Water the seedlings when dry.

Step 7

Move the new plants to larger containers, or plant them in the ground when new growth starts to appear.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never over water a scented geranium or let it stand in a saucer of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Small pots
  • Rooting medium or vermiculite


  • Geranium Culture for Home Gardens
  • Scented Geraniums

Who Can Help

  • Herb of the Year 2006: Scented Geraniums
Keywords: scented geraniums, propogating geraniums, perennial plants, rooting gernaium cuttings

About this Author

Kathleen Sonntag lives in Carmel, California, where she is a writer, teacher and editor. She is a Master Gardener and writes articles for gardening publications. Sonntag has written and edited reading test passages and has edited children's books, cookbooks and memoirs. Her articles appear on Sonntag holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.