I love doing tip cuttings. It is so rewarding! The ‘I did that!” feeling you get from creating a brand new little plant is almost as rewarding as birthing a baby, and … not nearly as painful. I especially like Pelargoniums (Geraniums) because they are so incredibly easy.
I didn’t want to over winter this overgrown scented geranium, so I decided to make a bunch of babies out of it. Less space and less care needed.
Just a few materials are needed to make your very own plant!
- Soil medium
- Sharp cutters
- Rooting hormone
- Small pots
Steps Involved in Propagating a Geranium
* Prepare Pots
Fill small 3-4” pots up about ¾ full. Make a hole with pencil-size stick.
* Prepare Your Pruners
Use the sharpest pruners or even sewing scissors, cleaned with alcohol.
* Where to Cut
Count from the tip of the branch down three to four nodes (the crotch between branch and leaf stem).
Make your cut on an angle just BELOW the node.
* Trim Leaf Stems
Cut the bottom leaf stems off. Be careful that you don’t cut into the branch and damage the node (this will be where your roots grow).
Take all off except the top two leaves and reduce the leaves on top by half a leaf.
* Dip the Cut in Rooting Powder
Shake some of the rooting hormone out into a small plastic container so you are not contaminating the whole container with the current project.
Dip the cut end into the powder.
* Plant the New Plant
Gently place the cutting into the hole you created in your pot and tuck it in with your fingers (or with the stick) to make sure it is in an upright position.
* How to Water a New Plant
Saturate with water.
Keep the soil medium moist as well as the tops of the leaf structure until it is rooted. A spray bottle is good for this, or you can just use a sprinkler type watering can.
You may need to upright your darlings if the water knocks them over. (But don’t worry, you haven’t damaged them, just don’t yank them around.)
*Consider a Heat Mat
With this project I did not use a bottom heat mat or any special heating in the Fall here in Georgia (October). I set them outside for the most part but did bring them on a couple of below 40 degree nights.
3 week later. …
Yayyy – I have roots!! I lost two of the 15 that I did, probably due to my slack watering habits. So now, I have 13 plants I can hold for spring and outdoors.
I will be ready with my natural mosquito repellent Scented Geranium!
Note from the hosts: I asked professional grower/gardener/landscaper Donna Dixson to write about “why she loves what she does,” this is what she offered. Thanks Donna & I do hope you enjoy “How to Make a New Plant.”
As Donna tells it, “I grew up on a farm where my father instilled a love for straight rows in the vegetable garden. My mother took me to work with her at a greenhouse so I played underneath the potting table where little old ladies gossiped, cackled and potted plants. The rich earthy smell of dirt still smells sweet like home to me! I have been professionally involved in the green industry for over 30 years, encompassing being a grower for a nursery that specialized in herbs and vegetables where I learned from the best on propagation methods.”
She continues, “Moving onto the landscaping side of things for a few years, I’m learning how to design and install. I am now currently the general manager for Four Seasons Nursery and Landscaping which I absolutely love because I get to share my passion for plants and all things green with my customers and clients and give them sound designs and practical advice on how to achieve their own dream landscape.”
Pretty good huh? ha! Donna may also be found on twitter @Planter007, blogging @ Green Thumb Evolution & on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/4SeasonsNursery (and maybe in a few other places too). Give her a like and thanks again for stopping by. ~jb