Monday, 25 June 2012

Geranium/Pelargonium cuttings

Elizas lovely  plant
Many thanks to Eliza who brought a beautiful, unusual and wonderfully scented Geranium on Sunday for everyone to share cuttings. Get yourself rich in geraniums by taking cuttings now. Here's how courtesy of BBC Gardeners world;


Bedding geraniums are actually members of the genus Pelargonium. Many varieties of pelargonium are used as bedding or house plants.
Unlike most annual bedding plants, geraniums are easily propagated by cuttings, so you don't have to fork out for more plants the following summer. Kept on a warm windowsill over winter, your cuttings will quickly develop roots and leaves. They'll be ready to plant out in spring, and will flower all summer.

How to do it

Taking geranium cuttings
Select healthy, squat and fat shoots. Remove them from the parent plant by cutting immediately above a bud.

Removing flower buds from the cuttings
Remove flower buds and lower leaves from the bottom half of each cutting and cut the stem just below a node, where there is a concentration of the plant's own hormones.

Dipping the cutting in growth hormone
To improve success rates, dip the base of each cutting in a small amount of rooting hormone to stimulate root growth.

Inserting the cuttings in compost
Fill pots with seed compost mixed with sharp sand to aid drainage. Insert two or three cuttings around the edge of each pot. Water the compost and stand pots in a well-lit position, indoors. Do not cover the pots, as this can encourage mildew to develop on the leaves.

Rooted geranium cuttings
After a few weeks, a corky callus will develop over the cut end of the stem and roots will begin to grow. A good root system will have developed within six to eight weeks.

Potted geranium cuttings
In March or April, knock each cutting out of the pot and transplant into individual pots of multi-purpose compost. Keep well-watered and plant out in spring, after all risk of frost has passed.

Adam's tip

Stand cuttings on an east- or west-facing windowsill, as they need a good source of light but not direct sun.
Water sparingly if the compost feels dry, but don't overwater. Remove flower buds and brown leaves.
Remove black or wilted cuttings as these may harbour a disease, which could spread to other plants.


  1. Hi Marie,
    Yesterday was so lovely. Thanks so much to all. That geranium (I don't know the name) does well from cuttings - mine are all from cuttings. It doesn't seem to flower all year round like some of my other ones in the porch, but that's OK! And you really don't see it everywhere, so I'm very happy you got some of it!
    Continued the clean out in my porch today, it really had turned into a jungle....cut down the jasmine completely again.....and moved a lot of stuff out for natural watering!!!

    Hope Jack gets on well this week. See you soon again I hope...x e

  2. Hi Eliza sorry to be so shoddy in replying, cant wait for some time off to gather myself together. I havent heard from Jackl but I hope and presume all went well. God he will really be unstoppable after this!!!

    So pleased you enjoyed the party, if you have any suggestions about how we can make it better please let me know! I hope to see you this evening at the book launch, its an evening for it x