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Geraniums Are Easy to Grow
Geraniums are a delightful way to add color to your patio, and, if you live in a mild climate, you can keep the same geranium plant going for years. They are found in the Mediterranean area of Europe as well as throughout the southern United States. They come in a wide variety of colors including white, red, pink, purple, and even blue!
Most geraniums are winter-hardy plants except in areas that receive very harsh, cold weather for long periods of time. These plants are also long lived. I have had one geranium plant that has continued to grow and bloom for nearly two decades. By taking cuttings from that original plant, I now have half a dozen additional ones on my patio.
These flowers grow well in either full sun or partial shade. In addition, they are amazingly easy to transplant. In fact, with one healthy geranium plant, you can take numerous cuttings and grow new ones for years.
They are such easy flowers to transplant that many people have rarely had to buy a new one. Because of this, it is delightful to surround your home with voluptuous pots of geraniums ... all from only one plant! There are even stories about people who have actually just stuck a cutting from a geranium into a flower bed and had it grow. However, if you want better odds of success, follow the detailed instructions that are given below.
How to Grow New Geraniums From Cuttings
- Fill your new pots with potting soil, leaving an inch or two at the top so the soil will not overflow when you water the plant.
- Trim excess foliage from your original, mature geranium. Keep these trimmings, because they are what you will transplant into the new pots.
- Trim leaves away from the bottom of your cuttings, so you have a few inches of the cutting which can serve as the root for your new plant.
- Dip the new “root” portion of the geranium cutting into a root stimulant, which can be purchased at any plant nursery. I have even bought it at Home Depot, Lowe's, and other businesses which sell plants. Follow the directions on the root stimulant so that you don’t overdo it!
- Finally, you will immediately plant your new geranium cutting into the pot of potting soil. Water the plant frequently until the roots begin to grow and take root. Before you know it, you will have blooms!
Items Needed to Transplant Geraniums
- A geranium plant
- Root stimulator
- Potting soil
- Pots for you new plants
Once you have gathered the items together which you need, read on to see the specific directions to insure you will get good results.
How to Take Care of Your New Geraniums
Water. Once your geranium plant is growing, all you need to do is water it regularly. In Southern California, I water my geraniums about twice a week in the summer, and once a week in the winter. If you live in an area where you get hard freezes in the winter, you may want to move your geranium plants inside during the coldest time of year. When your furnace is running, be sure you keep the soil around your plant moist.
Pinch or Deadhead. After the flowers bloom and they begin to lose their color, pinch them off. This encourages new blooms. When the plant becomes large or seems to have overgrown its pot, trim it, and fill additional pots with the trimmings. You can easily grow your own colorful baskets of flowers for your patio, and enjoy your geraniums for years to come!
If you live in a temperate climate and plant the geraniums in your outdoor flower beds, it is not unusual for them to regenerate and start new plants without your intervention! These are wonderful plants for people who love natural landscaping and wildflowers.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2012 Deborah-Diane
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on September 02, 2015:
I am not sure if it would work on bougainvilleas or not. However, it is so simple that it would be easy to give it a try!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 31, 2015:
does this trick works for bougainvilleas too?
belen on July 27, 2015:
hello, i ussually grow geraniums this way (from cuttings), but without using root stimulant. this technique also Works for malvon plants.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 11, 2015:
Hi Deborah I just have to tell you. I have grown two lovely geraniums using your technique. So thank you so very much.
Hoping all is well with you and yours.
Many Angels and blessings are on the way ps
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on May 21, 2015:
Spring is the perfect time to start transplanting your geraniums. You can fill the pots around your house with color, for very little money!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on February 14, 2015:
I have been amazed my how well my transplanted geraniums have done. They are very hearty plants!
இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on February 14, 2015:
I always put geraniums in my patio containers. I never realized you could take cuttings to start new plants. Thanks for the idea. Regards, Kim.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on January 26, 2015:
I did have some creature snack on some geraniums that I planted in the ground in front of my house. However, my potted ones have always done just fine!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on January 25, 2015:
I love flowers, too, and I especially love geraniums because they are colorful and they bloom the year around here in Southern California.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on January 25, 2015:
I'm not sure, but I think geraniums would grow well in tropical climates. They do very well in Southern California, as long as they are watered once or twice a week.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on January 23, 2015:
Geranium is a beautiful plant. I wonder if it will grow in the tropical countries like Philippines. I would love to plant this flower in my garden. Thanks for this useful information.
ezzly on January 23, 2015:
Neat little article , love flowers :)
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 23, 2015:
I'm heading for the nursery! Geraniums really bring vivid color to a deck or garden. Living in southern california high in the mountains, squirrels, chipmunks and deer love to snack on my flowers. :) I'll try geraniums and see what happens. Voted up and sharing.
Debra Allen from West By God on January 23, 2015:
I have done that many times. Thanks for your hub.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 23, 2015:
Great tips Deborah. My Momma was always taking cuttings of her geraniums (as well as many other plants). She taught me how and I have been doing so ever since
Sharing and pinned This will be helpful info to a novice in geranium cuttings.
Angels are on the way to you this evening ps
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on October 19, 2014:
Not only are these flowers easy to grow, but they also make inexpensive gifts you can give to your family and friends. They will love them!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on October 04, 2014:
I love geraniums. They are the perfect plant to have in Southern California because they bloom the year around. I just keep taking cuttings from my original plant and adding them everywhere!
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 04, 2014:
I have always like Geranium, used to have then many years ago. Somewhere along the line I have forgotten about them. Thanks for reminding me I will have a go at planting some again, even look for plants in my friends garden and take a piece and have a go at growing it from your advice.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 26, 2014:
I came back to view this useful information on growing a geranium from a cutting. It sounds like a hardy little plant! Our neighbor has some geraniums. Maybe she'd be willing to give me a cutting if I ask. Thank you for sharing and I hope you're having a good weekend.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 02, 2014:
I have geraniums and really like the beautiful colors. Your suggestions sound very helpful.
C E Clark from North Texas on March 25, 2014:
Hopefully spring is really here. We've had a long, cold, winter compared to usual here in N. TX, and I'm sure a lot of people have been wanting to get out into their yards and gardens to get those things underway for another spring/summer season, but cold temps and horrid weather has prevented it for the most part.
This article will be helpful to people who want to add to their geranium collection and may help people who don't already know how to grow other plants from cuttings as well.
C E Clark from North Texas on February 17, 2014:
Getting close to the time gardeners should be starting their seedlings and thinking about adding some more color to their patios and decks, yards, etc. Using cuttings to expand one's garden is a great way to add more plants to the yard, garden, or inside one's home at no, or little expense. My mother taught me to start plants from cuttings and she had a green thumb if ever anyone did. Passing this great idea a long.
Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on November 03, 2013:
Thanks so much for sharing this hub, Au fait, and thanks to Deborah-Diane for writing it. I've never tried starting a new geranium plant from a cutting, but now I will.
C E Clark from North Texas on November 03, 2013:
This would be a good time for people to start some geraniums from cuttings indoors. Sharing again in case someone wants more geraniums does't know how to do that.
C E Clark from North Texas on September 20, 2013:
A lot of people in the northern part of the country are no doubt getting ready to take some of their potted plants indoors for the winter. This is a good time, too, to start some new plants with cuttings to brighten up the winter décor. Red, pink, and white geraniums are pretty for Christmas too. Shared.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on May 23, 2013:
Thank you for all your kind comments about growing geraniums from a cutting. I have several pots of geraniums and have grown them all from the same plant that I purchased over 10 years ago. It is so easy that even someone with a "brown thumb," like me, can do it.
Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on May 23, 2013:
Geraniums are one of my favorite flowers, so I'm going to try this out. Voted up, interesting and useful.
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 22, 2013:
I love geraniums, they are so colorful! I have 3 red ones on my back porch right now. I am excited to learn how to grow more from the cuttings. I will be trying this tomorrow! I would love to have more geraniums around my house. Voting this up, useful and interesting! :)
C E Clark from North Texas on May 22, 2013:
Going to share this great hub with my followers. Good information at a time when many people are planting their gardens, sprucing up their yards, and even repotting their plants.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on April 29, 2013:
Thanks for pinning this article on Pinterest! I'm happy to spread the word about how easy it is to grown geraniums.
moonlake from America on April 28, 2013:
I had to come back and pin your geranium hub in my garden on pinterest.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on April 21, 2013:
I love geraniums. I go horseback riding on the weekends here in California, where I live, and there are even some wild geraniums in the area where we ride. My granddaughter told me today that they are her favorite wild flower. I hope you will try growing them from cuttings. It is so easy!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 21, 2013:
I hate to admit that I didn't know how easy it is to grow a new geranium plant from cuttings! This is a popular plant in Peru, so I plan to try it in our new garden next spring. Thanks!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on April 18, 2013:
I'm so glad that my article has inspired you to take cuttings from your geraniums!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 17, 2013:
Very helpful information. The geraniums are especially beautiful this year so I will have to bring one home and make cuttings. I have been making cuttings of other plants but never geraniums.
Thanks for sharing.
Pinned :) ps
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on April 14, 2013:
I drove by an apartment building recently where one of the balconies was covered with geraniums. It made the entire building look softer and more charming. They are so easy to grow that I hope more people will give it a try!
C E Clark from North Texas on April 13, 2013:
Seems like as life gets faster and busier a lot of the things everyone knew and took for granted are being forgotten. Lots of plants can be started easily from a cutting. My mother had a green thumb and she could get anything to grow. I just saw a hub about growing hollyhocks from seeds. Is that considered difficult nowadays? My grandmother, my mother, and even I, myself, grew hollyhocks from seeds. I didn't know there was any other way, and they came out beautifully.
Good that you have written this article for people who didn't grow up on a farm and just absorb certain knowledge as a result. Geraniums are easy to grow and very pretty. This is a good time of year to be thinking about them for dressing up flower boxes and porches, etc.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on April 13, 2013:
It is so much fun to be able to grow geraniums by starting them yourself. Just remember to fertilize them from time to time as they gradually use up all the nutrients in their pot. I have several potted geraniums that have all been grown from cuttings from the same plant that I purchased 10 years ago!
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 12, 2013:
I have geraniums in my garden, but I was not aware it could be grown from cutting. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
PS: Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on February 24, 2013:
Thanks so much! I am happy to spread the word about the beauty of geraniums. I really love having them in my life!
Bake Like a Pro on February 24, 2013:
Great article Diane. Thanks for sharing. Geraniums are the only flowers I have luck with and I do follow all the steps you outlined in your article. I especially like the ivy geraniums. Yes you are right about that, you can't have too many. Voted up and sharing :).
Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 23, 2013:
The geranium has always been a favorite of mine. I grow almost all of my flowers in pots because the soil here in S. Fl is just sand!
Very informative and interesting. Voted UP, and shared.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on February 22, 2013:
Thank you for sharing your story about living in the City of Orange and having geraniums when you grew up. I love having geraniums around my Orange County home ... and firmly believe you can't have too many. It's wonderful that they bloom the year around here!
moonlake from America on February 22, 2013:
I see your from Orange Co, California. We use to live in the City of Orange. Geraniums grow so nice there. My Mom use to have so many of them. Here they are a little hard to grow they are annuals but I have put them in the basement through the winter and put them out when it's warm and they came back up. Interesting hub voted up.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on February 08, 2013:
I'm glad you have such happy memories of your mother's geraniums. They are such wonderful plants, and always bring a smile to my face.
C E Clark from North Texas on February 07, 2013:
My mother used to have geraniums in pots in the house. She had a green thumb and could make anything grow inside or out. I remember she used to take a cutting from one of her geraniums and just put it in a glass of water until it produced roots and then she would plant it in a new pot.
Geraniums are pretty in the house and brighten any room.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on February 06, 2013:
You are absolutely right about geraniums being easy to propagate. In fact, it is not unusual to see wild ones in our area.
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 06, 2013:
I love geraniums and always keep a couple of pots of them on the front porch during the summer. I've never tried to grow one from a cutting. I always seem to have a few volunteers that come up each year around the front porch, though, so I suspect they are pretty easy to propagate.
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on December 29, 2012:
Have fun with it. I love transplanting geraniums and I have pots of them around both my front door and back door!
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on December 29, 2012:
Very interesting and useful information. I have not tried this before so i might give it a go in the spring !
Vote up and more !!!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on December 07, 2012:
I plan to take more cuttings from the geraniums I have next spring, too. Geraniums are the flowers that keep on giving, year after year!
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on December 07, 2012:
Great and interesting information, i have not done this before will have to try in next spring.
Vote up and more !!!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on July 26, 2012:
You will love geraniums. Here in California they provide color all year long. Even in places like Alaska, I have seen people's potted geraniums on their porches in the summer. They are a fabulous plant!
RTalloni on July 13, 2012:
Thanks much for this look at growing geraniums from cuttings. I've not had a lot of experience with this plant, but now I want to get to know them!
Deborah-Diane (author) from Orange County, California on July 13, 2012:
Thank you! I love having geraniums around my house. They are such colorful flowers!
diplorging from Serbia on July 13, 2012:
Great hub, it sounds easy, even for me, and I had some hard times trying not to kill any plants:) I didn't know that geranium is that easy to transplant. Very useful and interesting.
anna141 from India on July 13, 2012:
Such a nice hub