How to Plant Geranium Cuttings

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How to Plant Geranium Cuttings
Take cuttings of geranium stems to grow new plants. (geranium image by Konstantin Kaschenko from

Geraniums, a perennial known for profuse clustered blooms and hardy foliage, originated in South Africa. These versatile plants do well in flowerbeds, boxes, pots, hanging pots, container gardens and even as a ground cover on hillsides. Geraniums, scientifically known as Pelargonium hortorum, root from cuttings. This method, referred to as asexual propagation because it allows the development of a new plant without fertilisation, requires only growing material and a container for the successful creation of new geranium plants.

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Things you need

  • Garden clippers or sharp knife
  • Rooting hormone (optional)
  • 4-inch-deep containers with drainage holes
  • Clean gravel or small rocks
  • Coarse sand
  • Watering can or hose with misting attachment

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  1. 1

    Fill 4-inch-deep containers to within 1 inch of the top with moist sand. Water so it is damp but not saturated.

  2. 2

    Cut sections of geranium stems 4 to 5 inches long at a 45-degree angle. Clip off the leaves on the bottom half of the stem.

  3. 3

    Shake some rooting hormone into a saucer and roll 1/2 inch of the angled end of the geranium cuttings in the powder.

  4. 4

    Stick 1 1/2 inch of the cutting into the sand. Press the sand around the cutting.

  5. 5

    Add more cuttings, leaving at least 3 inches between cuttings.

  6. 6

    Arrange a plastic bag loosely over the container to retain the dampness in the sand.

  7. 7

    Move the container of cuttings to a warm location with bright, indirect sun.

  8. 8

    Remove the plastic and check the sand once a week. The original moisture will usually last at least a month before the sand requires more water.

  9. 9

    Pull on the stems carefully after three to four weeks. When the stems resist pulling, pot them individually in potting soil.

Tips and warnings

  • Take cuttings from healthy, well-established geranium plants.
  • Open the plastic for a few minutes on hot days to avoid overheating the cuttings.
  • Water in the evenings or early morning during hot weather.
  • Avoid over-watering to prevent rotting the roots.

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