Picture of man in shed from the internet.
The geraniums in the tub below are beginning to look a bit tired. Time to take cuttings.
I decided to start with the red one in the pot. Look at the next picture. Can you see the larger stalk on the right of the red geranium?
That’s the one I’m starting with. Cut it off with your secateurs, just below a growing tip. See next picture to make sure you know what I mean by a growing tip.
Now remove and discard all the lower leaves and any flower stalks that are still apparent. If you do this then the growth will go into the making of new roots and not into the production of more flowers. The larger leaves would die anyway so they need to come off. Now you are left with a perfect cutting. This will become a new plant, which you can put in your border next year, but you have to keep it indoors all through the winter.
Find your compost. I put mine in a large blue tub, which doubles up as a play piece for my grandson when he comes round. He loves to dig in here and it is relatively free from germs.
Put some of the compost in a small flower pot. This one is a four inch pot. Incidentally this is not very good compost. I bought it in the Supermarket and it was cheap, but it is quite woody and not ideal for this job. The best compost is John Innes no. 2 which is a much finer compost. However I’ve put it in here so you can see the difference. This would not be suitable for sewing seeds into. For that job you would need a much finer compost.
Poke the cutting into the compost in the pot until the growing tip is covered. I’ve left this one a bit proud so you can see what I mean. You will need to poke it in further than this one.
Notice that a caterpillar has had a chew at this leaf. Make sure he’s still not on the leaf when you plant the cutting (for obvious reasons).
This morning I did several. I planted them together in a tub in the garden. They should be fine in there for another month and will benefit from the sun and the rain. It will also make them hardy. When I come back from America in mid October, I will take some more pictures of these cuttings so you can see how they’re doing. By then they will need to be put in pots and brought indoors before the first frosts arrive.
In the tub I have a selection of white, red, pink and peach cuttings. It will be interesting to see which ones do the best.
These are cuttings of lychnis and Sweet Williams. I’ll talk more about them another time.
After all that work, I reckon I deserved a nice lunch so I went into Oma’s kitchen and made myself a fry-up. Yummy!
What are you doing today?