Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration

 
 

  

 December 5, 2012

 

A Great DIY Holiday Gift:

Ways To Share Your Scented Geranium

   

  

 

 

 

 

If you have an overgrown scented geranium plant, why not share it with others? If you take care of children, you can also get them involved in making this great gift.  

 

Rooting Your Scented Geranium: 

 

You can start by finding a small pot and filling it with evenly moist potting soil. The pot should be no more than 6 inches in diameter.  

 

The next step requires you to identify where the nodes on the plant are. Nodes are the spots on the stem where the leaves grow from.    

 

Using scissors or secateurs, cut off a piece of your scented geranium below a node (spots where leaves are coming from the stem). The best place is to cut 2-3 nodes down from the top of the plant where the newest growth appears.  

 

*Remove the bottom most leaves so that just the ‘baby’ leaves and a ‘teenage’ leaf remains. This is called a ‘cutting’.  

 

  

geranium cutting

 

 

Insert the cutting into the soil, making sure that the leaves are above the soil and the nodes are below. Gently pat the soil around the cutting to fill in any big air pockets.   

 

scented geranium

 

Water your plant until water drains through the bottom of the pot (if your pot has a hole in the bottom).  

 

In your pot, place a stick or bamboo stake that is slightly taller than your cutting. Put your pot in a clear plastic bag. 

 

planting scented geranium

 

Loosely tie up the top of the plastic bag. 

 

propagating geranium cutting

 

Or you can place your pot in a clear plastic ziploc bag ensuring it is big enough to cover the soil. Loosely ‘zip’ up the bag, leaving space for the taller leaves to emerge from the bag.  

 

rooted geranium cutting

 

Place your pot in a warm, well-lighted location.   

 

After a week, check to see if your plant needs more water by feeling the top inch of soil to check for dryness. If the top inch is still wet, you don’t need to water. Usually, you won’t have to water. The key is to keep the soil moist, not wet.   

 

Check your plant again after 2 weeks, if the leaves look happy and well, chances are that the cutting produced roots. Remove the plant from its bag and place a dish under the pot. It’s now ready to be given away as a gift or enjoyed by yourself in your own home.  

 

If the leaves look wilted check the soil. Is it too wet? If so, then chances are the cutting rotted instead of producing roots. Don’t give up! Try again and soon you’ll be an expert at propagating plants by cuttings.  

 

*You can make a tea with the leaves that you remove (it tastes good with honey) or dry them using the clothes hanger method. After the leaves are dry, combine them with other dried herbs such as mint and stevia. Place your dried tea mixture in a jar or in tea bags and give it as a tea sample with your potted plant gift.  

 

Written By: Lea Tran  

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