Propagating geraniums

jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)September 18, 2006

I have a number of geraniums I would like to propagate. But I live in zone 3. Is it possible to take cuttings off my current plants. Then grow or keep them over the winter, so I can plant them again next spring?

I have one geranium that I have managed to over winter in my basement for 3 years now. But it dies back every year and starts all new growth in the spring. This is one of the plants I would like more of.

The other geraniums I usually end up buying every year. I can't seem to keep them over the winter.

I do not have a heated garage, or a cool basement. My basement is usually warm, around 65 all winter. And in the spring as soon as the snow starts melting the basement is damp. ( that's what you get in a 100 year old farm house )

Thank you

Jenny P

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mhreichardt(9 CA)

When I lived in Germany I used to cover my geraniums with burlap. They would die back some but would always be hearty in the spring. When I want to propagate a geranium, I just use a cutting and throw it into a jar with fish emulsion and place it in a sunny window for the window.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 4:18PM
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jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)

Thank you, I don't think the burlap would work here. These are in pots, and we get very very cold. I think I will take some cuttings, pot them up and see what happens.

Jenny P

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 4:54PM
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samfawzy10(Z5)

tender geranium are very easy to propagate from cutting, just push the cutting into the soil in a cooler shady area or under other plants - you can cover it with half coke bottle (take the cap off).
To overwinter tender geranium, wash the whole rooted plant to remove the dirt  let it dry out; then put it in a paper bag and store it in a dry place. Re-pot the plant around the middle of March making sure you cover it with clear plastic sheet to provide consistence humidity; you will be amazed how good they will perform. Seham

    Bookmark   September 20, 2006 at 9:26AM
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samfawzy10(Z5)

Overwintering Geraniums:

Here is a link that might be useful: Overwintering Geraniums

    Bookmark   September 20, 2006 at 9:54AM
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jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)

Thanks!
Although I think I might have waited to late to try this. I don't have an area inside my house to keep plants in a sunny window all winter. And we will have frost here any day now. I think I will try to root a couple cuttings, just to see if I can. I will also try to keep the potted geraniums over winter again, as I have in the past. The only one I have ever had success with is the pink one. And I have no idea which variety or cultivar it is. I inherited it from my mother in law 3 years ago.

Jenny P

    Bookmark   September 20, 2006 at 2:39PM
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kes_cor(Z5 Chicago, IL)

Propagating geraniums is very easy. Use a light soil mix with extra perilite. Take cuttings about 3 - 4" long. Strip off lower leaves, only leaving the top 2. If leaves are big, cut them in half.

NOW, let them dry out to callous. Usually 24 hours. This keeps them from rotting. Once I learned this, I have almost 100% success.

Plan them in individual 3" - 4" pots. They'll seems flimsy. They'll come back!

Mist with water every day or two.

Plants will start growing in about 3 weeks.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2006 at 12:31PM
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