Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geranium cuttings

I have taken the geranium cuttings, this is how I do it.

Cut off fairly long bits of the plant and strip back all of the large leaves, just leave small ones at the top. The plants grow the large leaves which, at this stage you do not want, you want the energy to go into producing roots.


Stems stripped of all but their top leaves.



Look at the cutting and reduce the stems by cutting just below where you have stripped a leaf from, the roots will come from the leaf axils.


I used a deep trough as I had a large number of cuttings. push the cuttings into the compost until they are just above the compost, water. If you use plant pots at this point, plant 2 to a pot and use a plastic bottle cut in half to cover the cuttings, 


Cuttings covered with the bottles, keep the cuttings away from the sides of the bottles, so moisture which forms inside does not wet the leaves and cause the cutting to rot, the bottles are a miniature greenhouse and prevent the cuttings from drying out. put them in a warm sheltered spot, do not let the compost dry out and keep looking for signs of rotting. watch for signs of the plants putting on new growth. I take the bottles off after about two weeks and gently pull the cutting, if it moves it has not rooted; put the bottle back on and try again in a couple of weeks, the plants need to be kept in their little greenhouses until they are big enough to pot on. Do not be tempted to plant them out, they need a short time longer in the warm, once the danger of frost is past they can be planted out.


There were signs of the plants putting up new growth from the bottom, so I potted up the roots in plant pots, they should grow on.

The cuttings are now on the front window cill where they will get some sun, although if it gets too hot I will move them into the shade, they have 2 chances, either they root or they don't......watch this space.

The trays will go on the kitchen table whilst we are away, well watered before we go they should be ok for the week.







7 comments:

  1. Good morning Anne. I woke at the crack of dawn and finally got up. It us now 5:3 am and I am drinking my tea.

    A very helpful blog posting sharing so much of your gardening knowledge.

    Sandy

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  2. That is an excellent lesson in taking geranium cuttings - thank you for that. I have some old geraniums from last year, left outdoors all winter and as it was a fairly mild winter, they're doing well still and producing flowers already. But then, we do live in Torbay with it's mild microclimate! But if I want to take cuttings from the scented-leaf geraniums, I shall now know how to do it. I'm truly hopeless at such things, and as we don't have a greenhouse, I've never taken cuttings, just bought new plants each year - with such a small garden we don't need many. But much cheaper to take cuttings and cultivate your own plants (and more pleasurable, too, I would imagine.)
    Margaret P

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  3. Great information! Ta! Perhaps you'll consider adding this post as a permanent tutorial at the top of your blog?

    So glad you're here!

    Hugs!

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  4. I'm so glad you are continuing your blog. The naysayers are the ones who need to leave....not you. Here's a thought I share from time to time: "Don't let someone's ugly ruin your beautiful."

    Thank you for the lesson on rooting geraniums. I love them so but I haven't had much luck with them. They were one of my Mom's favorite flowers, petunias being the other. We will be planting our annuals in a week or so. It's still to chilly at night to set them out yet.

    Take care of yourself....Barb

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  5. Thanks for this info regarding the cuttings. I have had limited success with the cuttings I have, so will try your method. It will be the end of May before we can put any plants out in the garden, so I have sufficient time to take more cuttings. Thanks again for the tutorial. Hugs Patricia

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  6. I learned to take geranium cuttings when I was a kid. It has been years since then but I've never forgotten... even so, I'm still bookmarking this page :) Geraniums are one of my favorite plants as there are so many different varieties.

    I'm glad to see you today.

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  7. Glad you're still here - I fell behind with comments - some upsetting personal issues happened this week - but notice you had blogging problems. Hopefully you know that you would be sorely missed if you shut down the blog by we, your friends, Anne. Just pass her/him/them? off as very sad naysayers who obviously need to get a more interesting life, do positive things to help others, and keep the peace in this collapsing world order.

    Onward and upward say I dear - true bloggers are good people.
    Hugs - Mary

    P.S. Where are you guys going on your holiday?

    You know you can moderate your comments prior to publishing - I always do that to prevent spam etc.

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