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How to Root Geraniums


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When it comes to ease and versatility in the home garden, geraniums are on the top of the list. The blossoms are large and showy and the bright green leaves are nearly as lovely as the blooms. They’re ideal bedding plants and they work just as well in window boxes and hanging pots and patio planters of all sizes. Although geraniums are usually grown as annuals, it’s not difficult root them in the autumn for planting the following spring.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need
  • Small flower pot
  • Vermiculite or perlite
  • Sand
  • Rooting solution
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Liquid fertilizer
    1. Take cuttings from the plant in early fall, or a bit later if you live in a warm climate. Choose a healthy geranium, and make sure there are no signs of disease or insects. Let the plant dry out slightly for a few days before you take the cutting.
    2. Cut about 4 inches from the tip of a healthy branch. Trim off the lower leaves, but leave the others intact.
    3. Fill a small flower pot with a potting soil mixture that will drain well, such as vermiculite or perlite combined with sand. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage. Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting solution and stick it into the pot, deep enough so it can stand upright.
    4. Put a clear plastic bag over the pot and seal the opening. Put the pot in an area where it will get good light, but not in direct sunlight. The cutting should stay moist in the plastic, but keep an eye on it and water it lightly if it looks dry.
    5. Watch for roots to develop, which will take at least six weeks. Remove the plastic and put the geranium in a sunny window. Give the plant just enough water to keep the roots damp. The soil should stay as dry as possible to prevent disease and fungus from forming.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can put more than one cutting in the same pot. However, be sure to leave enough space that the roots won’t be crowded, and the plants will get plenty of air circulation and light.

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