How to take scented-leaf pelargonium cuttings

How to take scented-leaf pelargonium cuttings

Scented pelargoniums can be expensive to buy, but easily root from cuttings. We show you how.

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Scented-leaf pelargoniums are beautiful plants, with a variety of scents, including lemon and rose. The fragrance 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 expensive to buy, but are easy to propagate from cuttings.

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You Will Need

  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Perlite
  • 10cm pots
  • Secateurs
  • Jar of water
  • Pencil or dibber

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Step 1

Taking pelargonium cuttings - mixing compost with perlite
Taking pelargonium cuttings – mixing compost with perlite

Fill a pot with equal volumes of peat-free, multi-purpose compost and perlite to ensure good drainage.

Step 2

Taking pelargonium cuttings - taking the cuttings
Taking pelargonium cuttings – taking the cuttings

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

Step 3

Taking pelargonium cuttings - cuttings in water
Taking pelargonium cuttings – cuttings in water

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

Step 4

Taking pelargonium cuttings - removing the lower leaves
Taking pelargonium cuttings – removing the lower leaves

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

Step 5

Taking pelargonium cuttings - cutting below a node
Taking pelargonium cuttings – cutting below a node

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

Step 6

Taking pelargonium cuttings - inserting the cutting into compost
Taking pelargonium cuttings – inserting the cutting 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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