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Dec 18, 2016 1:04 PM CST
I have just (Dec 18th) removed my scented geraniums from large pots against the south facing wall of my house, where they have been flourishing despite several white frosts only yards away, protected by fleece. I am repotting the plants into smaller pots and protecting them in a cold greenhouse with fleece over winter. They had grown so big that I cut off quite large trimmings and would like to turn these into cuttings if possible. Can I do this? Do I keep them in water first? I know it's the wrong time of year but I don't want to miss a propagation opportunity.
Name: Philip Becker
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Dec 18, 2016 1:21 PM CST
Soil ! Ive never had much luck with water. Especially being cold will probably rot. Cuttings will probably need to be in house so they might be able to grow some roots. In cold there not going to grow roots.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Dec 18, 2016 3:57 PM CST
I agree with Philip -- although I've had good success with rooting regular geraniums (Pelargoniums) in water, I've never been able to get the scented geraniums root that way. I'd use rooting hormone and place the cuttings in potting mix (or maybe vermiculite -- although I've never tried that), in a warm place.
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Name: Karen
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Dec 18, 2016 4:09 PM CST
Same here. Regular geraniums do really well rooting in water, but the scented ones should be planted in soil. They won't take long to root.
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