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Geranium Cutting

I love red geraniums, probably because I remember my Aunt Gloria growing them in the front of her house. For my big 4-0 birthday, my aunt painted a picture of a red geranium for me, which is very fitting. And as luck should have it, red geraniums might be all the rage this year. The fabric store’s aisle of spring items is pretty much a row of red geranium towels, garden art, plaques, etc . . . Aunt Gloria and I are in luck.

As I do every year, I potted a red geranium last year. When the autumn wind became brisk, I evicted the red geranium for a more seasonably in-style plant. I had read about storing dried-out geranium roots in a paper bags in hopes of spring replanting. I went in the backyard to see if the exposed root had dried out, and what I found was a sideways red geranium with a bunch of green leaves. We have had some warm winter days here in North Carolina, so I suppose that’s why. I decided to re-pot the plant, and it occurred to me I should try to plant a cutting. I didn’t have any rooting hormone, so I did a little research. I read that after you take a cutting from a plant, dip the end in honey and the sugar will act as a rooting hormone. I told my cousin Amy about this, and being the scientist she is, Amy said I needed a “control plant.” So, now I’m working with two cutting samples, and really I can see no difference. This tells me, the honey can’t hurt, but it isn’t necessary. That’s just my very unscientific study. I will probably use honey in the future, just in case. The picture in this post is from a half-dead geranium, so if you take a cutting from one in better shape, your little cutting will be much prettier and fuller. Mine looks pretty pathetic, but it’s got potential. I’m going to buy another geranium plant and take some fresher cuttings. Here is a video  from Garden Frugal about taking geranium cuttings.

My mother said she took geranium cuttings,  poked holes in the ground, and inserted the plants. Mom said her yard was soon full of pretty pink geraniums. I’m going to try this trick with other plants, and maybe even see if some friends want to engage in a cutting swap! Just think of all the free plants you and your friends could acquire. Cuttings could also be a nifty little fundraiser idea for your homeschool group, church, or any other organization. A cuttings swap would also be a good way to learn about more about plants. Bring plant books to your swap so people with questions can look up information. It’s starting to sound like a party to me.



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  • Gloria February 8, 2013, 11:14 PM

    Well I am pleased with the geranium memories! I seem to remember people also rooting them in sand. I am also wondering if the reason for the honey might be to keep down fungus or something. Doesn’t honey have some supposed healing properties?

  • Laura Macklem February 8, 2013, 11:16 PM

    I believe the honey acts as plant food. I’ve seen honey being used in more than one source.

  • Nancy February 11, 2013, 8:19 PM

    Geraniums are my absolute favorite! The pink ones you speak of were “Ivy geraniums”. I stuck cuttings in the ground with a screwdriver and in time my yard was so, so pink that I had to take some out to put in a variety of other colored plants. Such fast growing plants. I will be anxious to hear about your experiments.

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