Do you like geraniums and want to have a lot of them? It’s very simple, cut them! Through this action, you can propagate this plant from a plant fragment of the mother plant. In the case of geraniums, you can do it from a stem! How to do this, you will learn in this article.

Pelargonium, also called garden geranium, is a flowering plant, which is characterized by its summer flowering in different colors. If you have a geranium at home, you can propagate it to have other beautiful colorful flowers! For this you need only one rod!

When to take geranium cuttings?

Do you enjoy summer? Pelargonium does too! The best time to cut geraniums or balcony geraniums is in summer, in late July or August. During this time, the temperature of the soil is favorable for the growth of new roots from the cuttings taken. In fact, summer sun favors the rooting of cuttings of this flowering plant. In addition, geranium is a perennial plant native to South Africa. This herbaceous plant appreciates sunny locations and develops only at temperatures above 55°F. You can also make your cuttings in spring, when vegetation starts again.

Where to cut to make pelargonium cuttings?

To make cuttings, first choose a hardy geranium that is not damaged; Then, using pruning shears, cut a 10- to 20-inch stem. Your scissors must be disinfected, of course, and the cut must be made over a node. The latter means the point of attachment or intersection of a leaf to a stem; The removed stem, which will serve as a cutting, must bear no more than 5 leaves. Do not keep the large leaves that point to the base, and also remove the buds, as they can weaken the future plant. A button is a small body that develops into a flower, stem or leaf.

How to cut perennial geraniums from a stem?

After you take the stem, here are the steps to get a new geranium plant.  Apply rooting hormone to the stem. To do this, dip the end of the stem in water before dipping it into the bag of rooting hormone. The water will make the powder adhere to the cutting easily. Gently tap the stem to remove the excess. Rooting hormones, whether chemical or natural, are effective for cuttings. This is used for:

  • promote the healing of cuttings;
  • promote the development of new roots and accelerate the rooting process;
  • prevent the development of diseases.

After applying the rooting hormone, take a bucket and fill it with a special rooting soil or prepare your own soil by mixing peat with sand. Avoid using a plastic bucket so you can place your pot directly in the soil when transplanting. A biodegradable cup is then preferred. Then water the soil; Wait until the soil has absorbed the water well, then drill a hole in the center; Plant the trunk and tamp the soil; All you need to do is place your pot in partial shade. Direct sunlight can dry out your plant. Do not forget to water your plant regularly. Note that to get abundant geraniums, you can plant up to 3 cuttings in the same pot, provided it is large.

How to propagate a scented geranium in water?

You do not want to root your plant with rooting hormone? No problem! Try geranium cuttings in water. With this technique, on the other hand, you must pay attention to the appearance of the roots to avoid their rotting. The method is simple:

  • Place your healthy, cleaned stem in a glass filled with water;
  • Add a small piece of charcoal to the jar or pitcher. This will protect the roots from rotting;
  • Change the water regularly.

You will gradually see roots appear. When they are at least 3 inches tall, transplant your cuttings into potting soil. With a stem, you can propagate your geranium at a lower cost and enjoy fragrant and colorful summer blooms, even if you don’t have a green thumb!