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
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’.
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.
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.
Loosely tie up the top of the plastic
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.
Place your pot in a warm, well-lighted
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
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
Written By: Lea