Propagating Geraniums

Propagating Geraniums from cuttings is fairly simple, they are a plant that will take root quickly and in most cases easily. So no matter if we are talking geraniums or pelargoniums here is how to go about it.

With a little care even the home gardener will find that taking cuttings of the scented geraniums is not that difficult. Pelargonium species are the scented geraniums, and when the leaves are brushed or crushed they give off the scent.

Admittedly some are a little easier than others the general rule is to use clean pots and cutting equipment and some hormone rooting powder.

The popular varieties such as the lemon scented Pelargonium crispum and Pelargonium citronellum are easy as long as you keep the moisture levels up.

Taking Geranium Cuttings

The best time to take cuttings is in spring, although you can take then in late summer, however spring is easier. Many Pelargoniums can be propagated from new growth, some are little more fussy

For the Lemon scented, Almond and Peppermint scented varieties new growth works well.

If you wish to you can use a heat mat to provide bottom heat, especially if you are taking cuttings in cooler months.

Other scented Geraniums or Pelargoniums include

Some of these are treated differently with Pelargonium fragrant, cuttings are best taken from old wood, use a rooting powder and leave alone for 6 months before potting up.

Pelargonium odoratissimum are best propagated from the semi mature cuttings


John Allman 

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