To add a new skill to your gardening repertoire, learn how to root geraniums from cuttings by preparing the cuttings properly, dipping them in rooting hormone, and then packing soil gently around them in a pot. A nursery professional demonstrates in this free video on flower gardening.
I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. We're going to learn today about rooting geraniums from cuttings. We're in the greenhouse ready to take cuttings of geraniums. Actually, these are Pelargonians, but most people refer to them as geraniums. You can propagate these. The best time to do that is in Spring by taking cuttings. To root a geranium, you want a cutting that's about four to six inches long that has several nodes or leaf junctures. I've prepared some pots with a lightweight seedling and cutting mix. You need to create a hole in it that you're going to put the plant in so make a hole in your seedling mix, choose a stem that has several leaves on it or nodes, cut it off with a nice clean straight cut. Now I'm going to have to sacrifice the flower, sorry and the flower bud, get rid of the lower leaves like I have here but I want to leave at least two junctions and make sure that's a nice sharp clean cut right below the node, dip it in rooting hormone, get it up the side a little ways, tap it off. I want this to root too so I'm going to put a little bit of rooting hormone there and pick off these leaves. Then just plunge that cutting about two to three inches into the pot. I've covered up two sets of nodes, pack the soil gently around it and then water. I'm going to cut off another one of these leaves. I don't want to have too many leaves on this because it takes more water to support these leaves but I need some for photosynthesis. So, I'm just going to leave a couple of them. You can if you like tint this with a plastic bag to increase the humidity, put it in bright but indirect light either indoors or out. If you have a shady place outside then you can watch it and make sure it never goes completely dry. You can actually do this outdoors or the kitchen window is fine, just don't let it get completely dry, don't drown it either because it doesn't have any roots yet. It's not going to use much water. When the plant is rooted in which can take ten days to two or three weeks, depending on temperatures, you can then transplant this to your garden or leave it indoors over the Winter. Using a peat pot or a choir coco liner like this makes it easy because you don't have to take it out of this pot in order to transplant. Just cut the sides down to the level of the soil. I usually make a couple cuts on the bottom and plant the pot. That way you don't disrupt the roots when you go to put this in the garden. You just plant the pot and it takes off from there. At Summer's end if you want to keep your geraniums until next year you can dig them up, plant them in a pot, make sure it has a drainage hole in it, cut it back like this and bring it into the house, water it well but infrequently, only every two weeks or so. Keep it in a bright indirectly lit room and it will be ready to go in time for Spring just wait until after the last frost before you put it outside. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and today we've been talking about rooting geraniums.