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How to take scented-leaf pelargonium cuttings


Scented-leaf pelargoniums are beautiful plants, with a variety of scents, including lemon and rose. The scent is released when the leaves are gently rubbed between the fingers. You can use the leaves to infuse desserts and cordials.

Scented pelargoniums can be pricey, but are easy to propagate from cuttings.

How to do it

Mix compost and perlite


Fill a pot with equal volumes of seed compost and perlite – this will ensure good drainage.

Cut above a leaf node


Choose a stem with no flowers. Cut just above a leaf node, using sharp secateurs.

Put cutting in water


Put your cutting into water, while you take your other cuttings, so it doesn't dry out.

Remove lower leaves


Remove the lower leaves, leaving just a couple at the top of the cutting.

Cut below a leaf node


Make a final cut just below a leaf node at the base of the cutting with a sharp knife.

Insert into compost


Insert the bottom half in a pot of cuttings compost. Water well and place in a well-lit spot.

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