Get More Pelargoniums Via Cuttings
Pelargoniums have had a whole season’s growth, producing enough plant material for you to take a few cuttings to propagate more plants. Propagating pelargoniums via cuttings is a way to prune your plants to rejuvenate them and encourage new growth.
Easy steps to propagate pelargoniums via cuttings
- Fill a clean plastic pot or deep seedling tray with a mix of 1 part hydrated palm peat and 1 part river sand. The medium should be moist.
- Use clean secateurs or a sharp knife to cut off healthy stem tips of between 10 and 15cm long.
- Trim each cutting just below a node (where leaves usually sprout from) and remove all leaves and flower buds along the stems, leaving only the two top leaves.
- Dip the cut end of each cutting in a little hormone powder suitable for soft-wood cuttings, and use a dibber or old pencil to make a hole in the medium to enable you to insert the cutting so that the remaining leaves are just above the soil.
- Use a watering can to water the cuttings, and then place them in a warm but shaded spot. Keep the rooting medium constantly moist, but not sodden.
- Rooting should take 6 – 8 weeks.
- You can place your cuttings in a cool home propagator or cover them with a large, clear plastic bag which should not touch them. Check that there is no moisture build-up, which can cause rot. This is not entirely necessary as pelargoniums root very easily.
- As soon as you feel a slight resistance when gently tugging on a cutting, rooting has probably taken place. Give them a dose of a water-soluble growth stimulant such as Kelpak, and repot into individual pots when you see the first signs of new growth.