How to Propagate Scented Geraniums

Overview

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

References

  • 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 GardenGuides.com. Sonntag holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.