How to Start Cutting Geraniums

by Nicole Schmoll
Geraniums are beautiful and easy to divide.

Geraniums are beautiful and easy to divide.

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Geraniums are a beloved indoor and outdoor plant; they do well in outdoor garden beds and indoors in pots. There are more than 200 species of geraniums, and almost all of them originated in South Africa. Geraniums feature bright colors -- ranging from pink to salmon to fuchsia to lavender to red -- with lacy green leaves. Geraniums are easy to reproduce from fresh cuttings; outdoor geraniums have underground running roots but can be cut and propagated easily to control outdoor growth and share the beauty of the plant with others.

Items you will need

  • Shovel
  • Garden shears
  • Small pot with drainage hole
  • Sand- or vermiculite-enhanced soil
  • Geranium cutting
  • Fungicide powder
Step 1

Create a cutting of your geranium plant in the spring or summer when root growth is healthy. Use a disease-free, healthy geranium for your cutting. Locate the edge of your geranium plant in your garden. Press a shovel in the ground with your foot and dig under the edge of your geranium. Move the soil up and out of the ground with the shovel, revealing the roots of the plant.

Step 2

Find a horizontal root running in between root clusters of your geranium and cut off a section of the plant by cutting the horizontal root in half with a pair of garden shears.

Step 3

Set the plant aside and recover the hole you dug with soil. Sprinkle fungicide powder on the roots of the geranium cutting you removed.

Step 4

Fill a small clay pot with a mixture that is 3/4 sand or vermiculite and 1/4 soil from your garden bed. Create a hole in the soil with your index finger. Set the geranium roots in the hole.

Step 5

Press the geranium gently into the pot and water it thoroughly. Keep it indoors for two weeks in a room with a constant temperature of about 70 degrees F. to promote root growth. Move the pot to a sunny location, such as a window, and water it once or twice a week, being sure to keep the soil moist but well drained.

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