Scented Geranium Cuttings
Yum, yum, yum! I’ve given myself a very fragrant garden task today… taking cuttings from my sister’s scented geraniums! Words can’t possibly describe how delicious these fuzzy green leaves smell. Imagine yourself walking through an overgrown secret garden, overwhelmed by the pungent scent of old-fashioned roses hanging in the air. Before you know it, you stumble upon a patch of wild mint sprawling beneath your feet… the perfumes of the two mingle in the air, joining forces to fill your nose with the most sensational odor. A smile spreads across your face as you lay down in the overgrown, minty pathways, close your eyes, and let the sweet smell sing you to sleep.
That’s the closest I can come to describing the wonderful sensation that overcomes me each and every time I get a whiff of these woolly wonders. It feels as if sweet childhood nostalgia fills my mind with all the pleasant emotions of memories past. The smaller, non-variegated leaves have a much stronger rose scent than any of the geraniums I’ve purchased thus far. The leaves with a splash of aubergine in the middle faintly smell of mint.
To get started I grabbed a pair of scissors and headed outside!
Since the variegated geraniums hadn’t been pruned, I could take a decent-sized cutting to bring indoors. I made sure to cut several leaf nodes deep, since I’m pretty sure that those points are where the roots will first appear.
I removed the lower leaves to create a “wound” from which the roots should begin to appear.
The rose-scented geranium had been pruned back pretty hard, so I could only take very small cuttings. The fresh growth should (hopefully) root well!
I’m also trying to see if a leaf will develop any roots. I’m not very hopeful, but I’m always up for an experiment or two! Once everything was cut and ready to go, I put the cuttings in small glass vessels filled with water.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress of these fabulously fragrant cuttings!
Do you guys take cuttings from your favorite plants? If not, you totally should! You might be surprised with the little family and garden goodies you can start right in your own home :)
Have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!