Though geraniums are known for being hardy and forgiving plants, many varieties cannot survive even a light freeze and are grown as annuals. Taking clippings from your garden geraniums in the fall is one of the best ways to ensure your favorite specimens will still be around in the spring. Taking cuttings from an overgrown indoor plant not only benefits the plant, but also provides you with stems to propagate and share with other geranium enthusiasts.
Things You’ll Need
- Sharp knife
- Rooting pot
- Rooting medium
- Plastic bag
- Houseplant soil
Take a Clipping
- Look for a healthy, actively growing stem that is at least 3 to 5 inches long.
- Locate a node that is approximately 3 inches from the tip of the stem. A node is a small bump in the stem where a new leaf or blossom will sprout.
- Cut the stem beneath the node with a sharp knife.
Root a Clipping
- Fill a small pot with a commercial rooting medium or moist perlite. Stick a pencil in the center of the pot to create a space for your geranium stem.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the clipping. Place it in the rooting medium or perlite.
- Place a clear plastic bag over the container to act as a miniature greenhouse. Secure the bag to the pot with a rubber band. Place the plant in a spot where it receives indirect sunlight and where the temperature averages 65 to 72 degrees. Water the pot infrequently, if ever — the bag will trap in the moisture.
- Check for root growth in about four weeks. Tug lightly on the cutting — if you feel resistance and the plant does not come out of the pot, it has formed suitable roots for transplanting.
- Transplant your rooted geranium clipping into a larger pot filled with a standard soil mix for houseplants. Return it to its place in indirect light and keep the geranium evenly moist.
Tips & Warnings
Allow geranium clippings to rest for two or three hours before planting them.
Rooting hormone is often used when rooting plant cuttings, but it is not typically necessary for rooting geraniums.