How To Take a Geranium Cutting (With Kids!)
As one of the easiest plants to grow, geraniums are a perfect way to introduce Lil’ Sprouts to gardening as springtime comes around. Geraniums are hardy and don’t require a lot of attention or upkeep besides the occasional pruning. They can survive overwatering, they do well on windowsills, and they don’t mind too much cold– so no matter what Lil’ Sprouts do, their geranium will probably keep on growing.
Geraniums come in many different varieties, but at Garden Collage we are particularly fond of lemon and peppermint geraniums. These two types are fragrant and textured, which makes them especially fun and engaging for kids to plant. For teens or adults just getting into the gardening game (or for those who are worried about their black thumb), geraniums are an encouraging, low-stakes place to start. While they may seem overly basic or simple, keep in mind that famed Swedish publicist and television personality Micael Bindefeld collects geraniums at his spectacular estate in Sweden (he refers to them as part of his family). Plus, some geraniums– like the peppermint geranium mentioned above– are despised by squirrels, which makes them useful ground cover for even the most seasoned gardener.
Below are our directions on how take a clipping from a geranium that can be used to initiate new growth in a pot or ground garden of your choice– keep one for yourself and give one to a friend!
- Mature geranium (lemon or peppermint)
- Scissors or gardening shearers
- A small pot
- Potting soil
To take a clipping from a geranium simply cut a branch off of the main stem, as close to the joint as possible (shown above). Then, take the clipping and plant it an inch deep in very wet soil. If you don’t have a pot to transport the geranium to right away, you can keep it in fresh water, changing the water daily like you would for a bouquet. Once the clipping has been repotted, keep the soil wet for the first few weeks (so that the clipping sprouts) and make sure your geranium gets some sun each day. Before long, you’ll be able to take a clipping from your very own plant!
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