You like geraniums and want to have plenty 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 also make them from a stem! How to do this, you will learn from this article.

When should you take cuttings of geraniums?

Are you enjoying the summer? Pelargonium is too! The best time to take cuttings of pelargoniums or balcony geraniums is in the summer, in late July or August. During this period, the temperature of the soil is favorable for the growth of new roots from the cuttings taken. In fact, the summer sun favors the root formation 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 the 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 above 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 may weaken the future plant. A button is a small body that develops into a flower, stem or leaf.

How to take perennial geranium cuttings from a stem?

After taking the stem, follow the steps below 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 cause the powder to adhere easily to the cutting. Tap the stem lightly to remove the excess. Rooting hormone, whether chemical or natural, is effective for cuttings. This is used for:
  1. promote the healing of cuttings;
  2. promote the development of new roots and accelerate the formation of roots;
  3. prevent the development of diseases.
  • After applying 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 but place the pot directly in the soil when transplanting. Then a biodegradable cup is preferable.
  • Then water the soil;
  • Wait until the soil has absorbed the water well, and then drill a hole in the center.
  • Plant the stem and tamp down the bottom.

You only need to place your pot in partial shade. Direct sunlight can dry out your plant. Don’t forget to water your plant regularly. Note that you can plant up to three cuttings in the same pot to get plenty of geraniums, as long as it is large.

How to propagate a scented geranium in water?

You do not want to root your plant with rooting hormones? No problem! Try it with 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 jar filled with water.
  • Add a small piece of charcoal to the jar or container. This will protect the roots from rotting;
  • Change the water regularly.
  • Gradually, you will see roots emerge. 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 flowers, even if you do not have a green thumb!