Propagating Geraniums (pelargoniums) from cuttings
With life being what it is lately…as in rather all over the place, I failed to start my pelargonium seeds (aka: zonal geraniums). So what is a flower lovin gal to do??
Propagate geraniums that I have.
Also known as cloning…mine are all non-patented from seed so no infringement here.
The benefit of cloning is you get the exact same plant as the one you love where seeds may have cross pollinated and you never know what a seedling will look like.
First you start with a nice healthy plant. I overwintered some of mine in my studio and upper bedroom window.
Take a cutting from a fresh green branch just below a leaf node. Cut with something clean and very sharp, like a razor or xacto knife.
See, fresh green branch.
Old crusty branch…this is not what you want..
Make sure you have some potting mix ready to load up your freshly washed and sterilized little pots with. My mix is half potting soil (Ace brand) and perlite.
These are 3 inch pots, 4 inch will work too.
These have all been washed in hot soapy water with a touch of bleach, then rinsed well and air dried.
The cutting should be about 4 or 5 inches long and leave two healthy leaves on them.
When you put the stem into the dirt make sure two leaf nodes are covered by the soil mix.
Water well and press the soil firmly around the cutting. I have found with the Zonal Geraniums that rooting compound or cloning gel is not needed but you are welcome to use it if you think it will help.
Put a clear lid on your tray to maintain moisture and keep at a moderate temperature and in bright light. I have mine in the greenhouse but you can put them under lights in the house as well. I have clear plastic vented dome lids that fit the trays I use but you can use clear plastic sheeting you get in a roll at the home store, just tent it up so it up with something so the plastic does not touch the cuttings directly. It does not need to fit snug, you do want some air circulation. I love these dome lids they are the best and they fit the trays, I use the ones that don’t have drainage holes.
My geraniums were well rooted in 4 weeks…
I just pot these up into a larger pot and let them fill out. Mine are in the greenhouse so I harden them off a bit at a time before putting them outside permanently for the summer. I do this by setting them outside the greenhouse in a sheltered spot (morning sun, afternoon shade or light shade) for a week or two, letting them get a bit more sun each day.
Before you know it you will be will be up to your neck in glorious Pelargoniums (Zonal Geraniums)
Until next time, I wish you sunny skies and mild temps.
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