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Jul 14, 2016 3:42 PM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
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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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Jul 17, 2016 8:52 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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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
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jul 17, 2016 9:02 PM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
That's RJ, yes, I meant bushier, I'll do then. Thanks, I appreciate the information.
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Jul 17, 2016 10:43 PM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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http://garden.org/ideas/view/s...
This might help you.
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Jul 18, 2016 7:06 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks so much for that Julia. I've bookmarked it so I can refer back later today.
Chris - Linux since 1995
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Jul 18, 2016 8:43 AM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Hope you have success with the cuttings.
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Jul 18, 2016 9:27 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
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.
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Jul 18, 2016 9:32 AM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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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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Jul 18, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
Hmm, no I haven't tried that Julia. Didn't even know that was possible.
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Jul 18, 2016 9:35 AM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Hydrangeas Photo Contest Winner 2018 Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator
Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan
I have done this with rhododendrons.
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Jul 18, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
Also works with hydrangeas
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Aug 26, 2016 3:50 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Layering stems works for several kinds of plants.
Try it!
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Aug 26, 2016 8:38 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thanks Caroline, I'll give that a try. Appreciate the tip.
Chris - Linux since 1995
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Mar 26, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
So how did your scented pelargonium propagation work out?
Do you have a progress report?
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Mar 26, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
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.
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Jul 30, 2017 10:39 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Charter ATP Member
Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
We gardeners have failures all the time!
We learn and we try again!
Better luck next time!
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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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Jul 20, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thank you for the information. Unfortunately the one scented geranium I had died however my other geraniums are going crazy in this Texas heat.
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