Get a head-start on next year’s bedding displays by taking cuttings from summer-flowering geraniums.
How to take geranium cuttings
Your requirements will be a mother geranium plant, a sharp knife, some seed compost and some means of keeping the compost warm once the cuttings are inserted.
- Cut the mother geranium plant just above a leaf joint on the main stem and then trim the cutting you’ve taken to just below the joint.
- Strip off most of the leaves from the geranium cutting.
- Don’t take a great long cutting. The healthiest part of a geranium plant is nearest the growing tip, so short cuttings are best, and once rooted they will soon catch up with long ones.
- The cuttings need to be inserted into warm, damp sterilised compost. Do not let them dry out and keep them in a light, dry atmosphere. Never put the lid down on a propagator if you are rooting any of the pelargonium family – they are very prone to rotting in high humidity.
- Wait and few weeks and your geranium cuttings should have rooted!