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RE: Over wintering question (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: oilpainter on 09.25.2009 at 07:46 pm in Geranium Forum

This is how I do it:

The first thing is to make everything you use as clean as possible. Blackleg is a fungal infection that will attack Geranium cuttings. They become black right at the soil level and there is no cure, they must be discarded. Having things clean helps.

I cut about a 4 inch piece from the growing tip, cutting just below a leaf joint--all roots come from that leaf joint. I remove all but the top 3 or 4 leaves. I lay them out on newspaper on my spare room floor. A piece of masking tape nearby holds the color of each group of cuttings. I leave them there for about 5 days. They will be wilted and the cut end will shrivel and callus over the cut. The callusing helps prevent blackleg which will kill the cutting.

I prepare my pots. I use a well draining soilless mix like pro mix or one for cuttings and seeds. In a clean pail I mix it with water to which I have added a little damp off. You want it thoroughly wet but not sopping. Squeeze a handful-- some water should come out but not a lot. Fill the pots and dibble a hole in it.

Take your cutting and dip it in rooting hormone. I use stim-root NO. 1--for softwood cuttings. You don't need a lot just cover the end and leaf node or joint. Slip it into your hole and cover it in.

They will be droop and wilted looking at first-they may even lose some leaves, but they'll soo perk up and show new growth. Then you will know it's rooted. Keep them moist but not too wet.

If your plants get long shoots during the winter Cut them back and don't let it flower. You want it to make shoots for cuttings not have the good go into flowers. You can plant any cut off shoots too.

Good luck

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