Geraniums and Pelargoniums forum: Propagating scented geranium from cuttings

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Jul 14, 2016 3:42 PM CST
I've got one cutting already rooting, my question is that since this thing, see photos, is growing so out of control where should I take the cuttings from and how would I make it thicker like my Zonal Geraniums are?

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Chris
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 17, 2016 8:52 PM CST
Hi Chris,

I propagate them occasionally, I cut about 3-4 inches off the stems that are actively growing (not woody material), take the bottom leaves off and stick them in some potting soil than put them in a partial shaded area until they root. Than full sun. When you say thicker I think bushier....again just prune the stems back and the plant will fill in.

RJ
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Jul 17, 2016 9:02 PM CST
That's RJ, yes, I meant bushier, I'll do then. Thanks, I appreciate the information.
Chris
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 17, 2016 10:43 PM CST
http://garden.org/ideas/view/s...
This might help you.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Jul 18, 2016 7:06 AM CST
Thanks so much for that Julia. I've bookmarked it so I can refer back later today.
Chris
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 18, 2016 8:43 AM CST
Hope you have success with the cuttings.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Jul 18, 2016 9:27 AM CST
springcolor said:Hope you have success with the cuttings.


Thanks, I have no problems with the Zonals, every time I stick a cutting into some potting soil it takes off.
Chris
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 18, 2016 9:32 AM CST
I have never propagated a scented, just thought they would be the same. Have you tried just scraping the underside of one of the stems, still attached to the plant, and laying that in a container with soil?
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Jul 18, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Hmm, no I haven't tried that Julia. Didn't even know that was possible.
Chris
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 18, 2016 9:35 AM CST
I have done this with rhododendrons.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jul 18, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Also works with hydrangeas
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 26, 2016 3:50 AM CST
Layering stems works for several kinds of plants.
Try it!
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Aug 26, 2016 8:38 AM CST
Thanks Caroline, I'll give that a try. Appreciate the tip.
Chris
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 26, 2017 10:10 AM CST
So how did your scented pelargonium propagation work out?
Do you have a progress report?
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Mar 26, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Hi Caroline, not good I'm afraid. Besides that it died inside the greenhouse during the winter Grumbling while my plain old red geraniums thrived. Go figure.
Chris
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jul 30, 2017 10:39 AM CST
We gardeners have failures all the time!
We learn and we try again!
Better luck next time!

DWRead
Jul 20, 2018 8:01 AM CST
Chris,

I've had good luck with cuttings of scented geranium—which was a surprise, as I'd not had much success with cuttings before.
What worked for me:

The cuttings were rooted in moist soilless mix, not plain water.

Cuttings treated with rooting hormone rotted and died. Untreated cuttings rooted fine on their own.

Bottom heat definitely helped. I removed the fabric cover from a heating pad for pets and put a thick piece of glass on the heating pad. The surface of the glass stayed at around 84°F.

I've learned that cuttings should contain more than one node, so that at least one will sit above the rooting medium. Otherwise, the new growth will have to emerge from below the soil surface. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but you have to wait longer to see evidence that the cutting is growing. The cuttings with a node above the soil line developed faster.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Jul 20, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Thank you for the information. Unfortunately the one scented geranium I had died however my other geraniums are going crazy in this Texas heat.
Chris

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