Today I’ve chosen 2 varieties of pelargonium plants – Zonale and Grandiflorum, and looked them over for likely cuttings.
I've learned that each cutting must be about 4-6cms long ( 2-3 inches), therefore I must cut with secateurs just above a leaf joint on the mother plant, choosing any that have plenty of shoots or nodes.
Having new cuttings I removed the lowest couple of leaves, you can just leave only the top pair. If your pelargonium has flowering shoots pinch them out.
One little secret: before pushing in soil, I always leave the cuttings to dry for about half an hour.
I’ve pushed beginners into the plastic cups full of soil and compost. My pelargonium cuttings should have rooted within 2 or 3 weeks and started growth.
Next I watered and placed all 5 disposable cups into the used plastic supermarket tray out of direct sunlight – on a shelf near a windowsill. if the weather is warm enough before to move them in the garden in May.
Another little secret: some types of cutting do best covered with a clear polythene bag to keep the air moist, but not so for pelargoniums, which can rot in a damp environment.
If you want to keep the mother plant so leave seven or eight good stems to grow on. On April I always replant old pelargoniums with new, multi-purpose potting soil. Having mother plants you can take cuttings to multiply your stock.
My neighbor, blogger friend from Finland Anne (Annen jutut) asked me about first spring signs in March - April in Saint Petersburg.
Well, the first one is when ice of the Gulf of Finland melts and water is cleared.
The second sign is when first tender flowers are seen within snow.
The third sign is when sun is shining in blue sky and warmth is in the air.
Thank you, Anne!
I challenge the next 3 bloggers: what are first signs of spring in your place?
1. Teresa - Perfumes y luces de Extremadura
2. Lola - La biosfera de Lola
3. MDN - Un jardin en clima subtropical