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Pelargonium cuttings

I have acquired 8 trailing Pelargonium cuttings whilst in France - I wrapped each stem in soggy tissue and put them in a plastic bag as won't be home until Friday (one more night in Formula 1 en route to ferry.)

Any tips for planting? I have a small amount of compost and couple of pots with me. My last cuttings were 50/50 successful but no delay before planting. Never quite sure how long stems should be/how many lower leaves to remove. I have taken off flower buds. Thanks guys.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,196

    Hi Lyn. Wait until you get home. Either allow the cuttings to completely dry out before planting - this allows the cut end to form a callous before putting into a pot and rooting can then begin or you can insert the cuttings into seed/cutting compost immediately and keep shaded and moist until you see signs of growth.

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  • Thanks Ladybird. If I get failures I think it might be due to too much moisture? (mould) My brick built image

    potting shed at home gets a lot of condensation ( big windows that came out of house.) This pic is before garden makeover.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Pelargoniums are wee funny ones Lynn. Take them out of the wet tissues and poly bags or they will rot. Keep them dry till you get home and then follow LB's advice on planting. 

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i planted some cuttings last summer, then over the winter i literally forgot them and they received no water for months image i watered them and they all came back to life image

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Pelargoniums root best in compost straight from the bag. I never water them until they start to grow and then from underneath and it 100% successful.

  • hachimaghachimag Posts: 36

    As a complete beginner in taking geranium cuttings - how do I go about it and when should I do it.

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