Geraniums – How about propagating your own in 2011?
My second top gardening tip for 2011 is to have a go at growing a few of your own garden plants from seed, or even better why not have have a go at taking your own Geranium cuttings this Spring. The great thing about taking cuttings is before you know it you’ll have 3-4 plants from just one plant, and it’s really easy once once you know how.
Geraniums can be bought from almost anywhere these days, but I always try and support my local plant or garden center when I can. Garden centres always seem to be stocked full of Geraniums and Pelargonium’s in all manner of colour’s, plain varieties, varieties with scented leaves, salmon pink, white, red and all sorts of variations in between.
My favourites are the hardy varieties, sometimes known as Cranesbill geraniums. They are easy to manage and will grow pretty much in any soil conditions, but they do hate to sit in water, so best to work in lots of grit if you garden on a clay soil.
I’ve been propogating the hardy varieties for years using the division method. It’s really easy and you can divide a well established plant many times and it will not hurt the parent plant. Cut or ‘divide’ sections from the parent plant making sure you take some roots with it and plant in the open ground, or on a pot of compost. Keep it watered and it should grow away just fine.
If you’d like to learn how to know more about how to take your own stem cuttings I’ve posted a ‘how to’ guide here. Propagating Plants From Cuttings