I have a geranium that is three years old, I keep it inside. It is very large! One of the branches broke off when I was watering it and I was wondering if there was anyway of getting it to root.
I put it in a vase of water as soon as it happened, this was 2 weeks ago and it is still doing very well. The buds have opened and no leaves have died.
Should I leave it in the water or should I use a rooting compound and put it in dirt? Any suggestions? The pink one is the plant it broke off of.
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Michelle from New York
Geraniums are one the easiest plants to root from cuttings. If you leave yours in water, you will see tiny roots emerging before you know it.
You can also root stem cuttings in a soil-less potting medium. To do this, remove a stem cutting about 3 or 4 leaf joints from the tip. Make sure you remove any potential flower heads so the cuttings direct all of their energy into roots. Remove the bottom leaves and insert the cutting into a growing medium (about 40% perlite and 60% soil-less mix or 50% peat and 50% sand). Keep the growing medium light and airy so the new roots have plenty of room to grow.
Geraniums usually take to rooting just fine without dipping the cuttings into a rooting hormone, but if you prefer, dip each stem into a rooting hormone before inserting them into the growing medium.
Water the new cuttings and then make a greenhouse for them by covering the pot with a plastic bag.
Place the pot in a location where the temperature stays warm throughout the day and doesn't drop down too far at night.
After 10 to 20 days, the cuttings should start forming roots. Pinch back the stems as they grow to encourage side shoots.
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Just let it go and soon you will notice the new roots appearing. Geraniums are incredibly easy to work with, and in fact, did you know that you can overwinter them in a brown paper bag and they will bloom the following year? At the end of the season, take the plant out of the ground or pot, shake all the dirt off the roots and put into the bag. Roll the top down or staple it closed, store in a cool, dry place until you are ready to "activate" them again. I normally put the dormant geranium branches, which I broke off the "mother" plant and wintered over in the unheated storage portion of the basement into a container or pail of water until I could see the new roots appearing. Then I moved them up to a sunny window in their individual water containers, and within a very short time, transplanted them outside. This was in Minnesota and over the 10 years we were there, I had dozens and dozens of geraniums to use myself, give to others, whatever. Geraniums at that time were $3.49 for a single plant, and yet I had dozens each year to use in my containers or share with others.
wow, I didn't know they were so easy to grow and bring back to life. thanks, Michelle
stick it in a pot of dirt. Geraniums will grow anywhere!
Mine didn't grow; they all died. What did I do wrong?
-- Mine didn't grow; they all died. What did I do wrong?
I dont think you did anything wrong. You might have brought them out to soon and frost got them. Where do you live? Or you may have not given them enough water.
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