Geranium Cuttings

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.

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