|"Carmel" zonal pelargonium|
I have been a bit busy this past month. I did not cut back all of my pelargoniums in the autumn, so I have been catching up now. This does mean I will miss out on some early flowers this year, but they should catch up later in the year.
So having cut back the plants means I have also been taking cuttings and I wanted to show you what
I have been using quite successfully for the past year.
The cutting medium I use is more or less 50/50 coir and vermiculite. I use a coir brick which I soak in water and when it has soaked up the water and looks just dampish I add vermiculite and mix to together. If I don't use it all and it dries out I can reconstitute it easily with some more water.
The containers I use are 2" Net Pots - mainly used for hydroponics or aquatics. The pots are very cheap and easy to obtain on eBay. I find these easy to fill and they come with a tray to hold them in the propagator. The advantage for me is that I can see when the cuttings are rooted. If you look at the photo you can see the roots that are searching for water.
Whether I use any hormone on the cutting really depends on what I am taking a cutting of, and time of year. In summer for zonals I rarely use anything - just pop them in the pots. I sometimes use Clonex, but most often I use White Willow Bark Powder, which can be ordered online.
Please let me know in the comments your own tried and tested method of taking cuttings.