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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 12, 2014 at 6:02pm

salpiglossis, Painted Tongue, I sent away and got the seeds, looked it up on the net. They said to raise the seeds in darkness, so I planted seeds in my seed raising bed under the shade cloth archs and placed a large plastic pot over them and lifted the pot to water. Worked well and up the seeds shot. But when I thought it was time to take the pot off the seedings, they were about 3cm tall,they died. Maybe our weather is too hot for them. Has anyone grown them and in what climate. i will try again in late Autumn maybe they would be better suited to our winter.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on November 20, 2013 at 5:05pm

Renne ... try this:  2 parts potting mix plus 1 part vermiculite  in a 4-6" pot.  Moisten the soil.    Take geranium cuttings 6-8 inches in length ... make your bottom cut just below a leaf node.  Remove leaves from bottom two or three leave nodes and plunge the cutting deep into the pot/soil mix.   That should be about up to the bottom of the top set of leaves.   Remove any flowers.  Moisten with a spritz of de-chlorinated water (let house water sit over night.)    Carefully slide a large zip lock bag or cut off bottom of a soda bottle over the plant to provide a greenhouse effect.  They don't want tropical conditions so be sure to have some holes in the bottle or open the baggie every other day or so to let some air circulate.   Keep the soil moist... not wet... with the spritzer/water each day LIGHTLY.    Light is not needed but some light is okay.  Once you have new leaf growth, remove the cover and grow in full light.    I suggest not rooting in water but if choose to, remove and plant in soil as soom as you have say a half-dollar coin size worth of roots.    This process is almost a 100% method for me with not only geraniums but most other cuttings as well here in Central Florida.  Cheers!

Comment by Debbie Korec - Zn 9 San Diego on March 29, 2013 at 11:48pm

Really been getting into propagating some of my plants recently. Never knew you could propagate an African violet from a leaf.. now I am obsessed ... I have at least a dozen in varying stages :-)

The rose bush is the first time we ever got one to actually grow from seed... many started but usually they rot in the first couple of weeks.. this one is now 2 years old and doing very well <3


Comment by Debbie Korec - Zn 9 San Diego on March 29, 2013 at 11:43pm

Comment by thea stoughtenger zn4,ny on November 28, 2012 at 5:29pm

Glenda and Renee , i rooted some in water so , but i had no idea i could do it the other way . i was just trial and error . then i planted it in a small pot and the leaves and flowers stayed tiney it was cute . but then i went out on the road with my husband . and did not come home for 2 weeks . so it was dried up .

Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on November 28, 2012 at 1:36pm

Renee, have you tried rooting the cuttings in water?  That is the way I do mine and has great success.

Comment by Renee Rienas Badall on November 28, 2012 at 12:44pm
Propagating geraniums: I have trying to propagate a salmon colored geranium. I take a snip, put it into the rooting hormone and then slide it into the dirt. It dies. I have tried this same method many times in the past and it worked. Could it be the soil?
Comment by thea stoughtenger zn4,ny on November 27, 2012 at 2:21pm

 yeah Robert ! Nancy how long will you wait to find out ?

Comment by Robert D Johnson on November 24, 2012 at 3:45pm

I took a Rosemary cutting from my garden in late October. I put it in a solo cup and it already has new growth.

Tip: Works with fresh purchased in the produce section of most grocery stores.

The original cutting was about 4 inches long. I stripped the bottom 2 inches of leaves and put it in my cup with sand. I put water up to the top of the sand and placed the cutting to just above the bottom of the cup. I've had to add water a couple of times. Since I see new growth I'm thinking it has roots ready for planting. I'll probably wait another week and repot in soil.



Comment by thea stoughtenger zn4,ny on August 24, 2012 at 7:17pm

thank You Raymond !then i think i need to take out a little dirt . i have them in a pot . but no leafing yet .


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