How to Grow a Geranium Plant from a Cutting
Geraniums Grow Well in Mild Climates
Geraniums are Easy to Grow
Geraniums are a delightful way to add color to your patio and, if you live in a mild climate, you can keep the same geranium plant going for years. They are found in the Mediterranean area of Europe, as well as throughout the southern United States. They come in a wide variety of colors including white, red, pink, purple and even blue!
Most geraniums are winter hardy plants except in areas that receive very harsh, cold weather for long periods of time. These plants are also long lived. I have had one geranium plant that has continued to grow and bloom for nearly two decades. By taking cuttings from that original plant, I now have half a dozen additional geranium plants on my patio.
Geraniums grow well in either full sun or partial shade. In addition, they are amazingly easy to transplant. In fact, with one healthy geranium plant, you can take numerous cuttings and grow new geraniums for years.
Geraniums are such easy flowers to transplant, that many people have rarely had to buy a new one. Because of this, it is delightful to surround your home with voluptuous pots of geraniums ... all from only one plant! There are even stories about people who actually just stuck a cutting from a geranium into a flower bed, and had it grow. However, if you want better odds of success, follow the detailed instructions that are given below.
Items Needed to Transplant Geraniums
- A Geranium plant
- Root Stimulator
- Potting Soil
- Pots for you new plants
Once you have gathered the items together which you need, read on to see the specific directions to insure you will get good results.
Steps to Growing a New Geranium
The first step in transplanting a geranium is to fill your new pots with potting soil, leaving an inch or two at the top so the soil will not overflow when you water the plant.
The second step in transplanting geraniums is to trim excess foliage from your original, mature geranium. Keep these trimmings, because they are what you will transplant into the new pots.
The third step in transplanting a geranium is to trim leaves away from the bottom of your cutting, so you have a few inches of the cutting which can serve as the root for your new plant.
The fourth step is to dip the new “root” portion of the geranium cutting into a root stimulant, which can be purchased at any plant nursery. I have even bought it at Home Depot, Lowe's and other businesses which sell plants. Follow the directions on the root stimulant, so that you don’t overdo it!
Finally, you will immediately plant your new geranium cutting into the pot of potting soil. Water the plant frequently until the roots begin to grow and take root. Before you know it, you will have blooms!
This is the Brand of Root Stimulant That I Use
I have had great luck using a little rooting hormone powder when I transplant my geraniums. I highly recommend this one.
How to Take Care of Your Geraniums
Once your geranium plant is growing, all you need to do is water it regularly. In Southern California, I water my geraniums about twice a week in the summer, and once a week in the winter. If you live in an area where you get hard freezes in the winter, you may want to move your geranium plants inside during the coldest time of year. When your furnace is running, be sure you keep the soil around your geranium moist.
After the flowers bloom and they begin to lose their color, pinch them off. This encourages new blooms. When the plant becomes large or seems to have overgrown its pot, trim it, and fill additional pots with the trimmings. You can easily grow your own colorful baskets of flowers for your patio, and enjoy your geraniums for years to come!
If you live in a temperate climate and plant the geraniums in your outdoor flower beds, it is not unusual for them to regenerate and start new plants without your intervention! These are wonderful plants for people who love natural landscaping and wildflowers.