A reminder about taking cuttings

I’m never ruthless enough when taking cuttings of geranium (Pelargonium). For one thing, I can never bear to remove the flowers, the blooming of which distracts the cutting from root production.

But when they look like this, who can blame me.

The truth is, though, there’s no real mystery around the process of propagation for many plants. Geraniums are one – as I wrote ten years ago when I encouraged you to be fearless about taking cuttings. Go back and read it. Then snip away.

And don’t worry about enjoying the flowers when you do. Roots will come soon enough.


  1. I’m at the point with an overgrown salvia that I’ve brought in and out for 5 seasons that is completely rootbound and truly needs some cuttings taken. I know I’m stretching it, but I can see the hummingbirds from my office window poking at it and don’t want to stop their fun!

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