Geraniums add that extra splash of color on the patio or along the walk way during the summer months. Grown easily in containers or garden beds, geraniums offer gardeners vibrant blooms throughout the growing season. When the temperatures grow colder and space is an issue one way to preserve the healthy plants is to grow geraniums from cuttings.
Grow geraniums from cuttings taken from healthy plants. Clip 6-inch sections off the geranium. Leave the top foliage on the cuttings but strip off the bottom leaves. Expose at least one leaf node at the base of each cutting.
Fill the pots with the soil and make a hole about 3 inches deep with a pencil. The pre-formed hole keeps the rooting compound on the stem of the geranium cutting and not the top of the soil.
Pour 2 tablespoons of rooting compound in a separate container to keep the original bottle of rooting hormone free from contaminates. Dip the geranium cuttings into the rooting compound and place in the grow pots.
Firmly pack the soil around the base of the geranium cuttings to remove any air pockets that allows bacteria to attack and rot the cutting. Water slightly to make the soil damp but not soggy.
Secure the plastic bags over the cuttings with rubber bands. Set the pots in a bright warm but place free from direct sunlight. Within three to four weeks, new growth will appear on the geranium cuttings. This is evidence the new plants have formed roots.
Remove the plastic bags and place the geraniums in a sunny location. Water once a week, but only when the soil is dry. Before each watering stick a finger about 2 inches into the pot to make sure the plant needs water. In the spring, place the new geraniums grown from cuttings into larger containers or directly into the flower beds.
Things You Will Need
- Growing pots
- Sterilized potting soil
- Rooting compound (located in most garden centers)
- Clear plastic bags or sandwich baggies
- Rubber bands