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Geraniums

Somewhat of a stalwart in many gardens Geraniums are a plant that are generally easy to grow, a plant that do well in tough conditions.

Grown in containers, in the garden as well as in hanging baskets, with so many different varieties and flower colors you can find a geranium to fit any gardenimng situation.

Hardy geraniums or 'Cranesbills' are the most popular and these can easily be grown from cuttings.

Some clever use of recycled tin cans, and some colorful red geraniums against a white wall make a stunning display.

Varieties

The Geranium family has five varieties or Genera.

The two best known are Geranium and Pelargonium

  • The 'True Geranium' are the ones we call “Cranesbills”

  • Pelargoniums are made up of a number of different varieties, these include

    Regal Pelargonium.
    Zonal Pelargonium.
    Ivy Leaf.
    Scented Leaf.
    Species.


  • Sarcocaulon, Monsonia and Erodium are the other three varieties, rarely seen in the garden, however they are related and are available.

So from 1576 when Geraniums were first named and recorded, it took only 50 years for the first hybrids to be produced. After 500 years of development, geranium varieties are still being developed.

Propagation

Taking Pelargonium  and Geraniums Cuttings

  • Like all cuttings you need to make sure you use sharp sterilised tools.
  • Secatures or a sharp knife work well.
  • Clean the blades well and dip them in Methylated spirits in between cuts.

Look to stems with good healthy growth and go down to the 4th leaf joint. Make a clean square cut.

  • Cuttings strike easily in normal potting mix.
  • Again, moist but not wet.
  • If you can provide some humidity the strike rate rate improve.
  • Generally you will see good root growth in 6 weeks.

Having said that, my grandmother used to simply snap of pieces and stick them in the ground. It seemed to work well for her.

Where to buy

Geranium plants are available for sale from online nurseries :

DIGGING DOG NURSERY - phone (707) 937-1130
PO Box 471 Albion CA 95410
Includes: Geranium x oxonianum, Geranium x magnificum, Geranium x cantabrigiense, Geranium wallichianum, Geranium sinense, Geranium renardii and others.