There are two different groups of Herbs known as Geraniums.

Geranium (Geranium spp.)

Origin of the Geranium

Geraniums are native to Europe and temperate areas of North and South America, China, Japan and even Africa.

Geraniums (Pelargonium) are available in many popular types that fit into one of the following groups:

Best growing Zones in which to grow geraniums:

Best Soil type soil Type for growing geraniums:

Propagation of Geraniums:

  1. Geraniums can be over wintered by taking cuttings from plants in early fall, before the first killing frost. Some geraniums do not propagate easily from cuttings although all can be stored as bare root plants in a cool dry location, such as a cool porch or basement, to be replanted in the spring.

  2. Propagate geraniums from cuttings by filling sterilized pots 3 - 4 inches deep with pre-moistened, but not soaked, planting medium. The rooting medium can include coarse sand, perlite, or an even mixture of both. The safest choice is always one of the sterilized commercial rooting soil mixes which are available from a variety of sources.

    1. Cut off shoot tips 3 to 5 inches in length. Remove the leaves from the lower part of the stem.

    2. Dip the bottom of each cutting into a good rooting hormone, being sure to cover one or two of the points where you have removed a leaf.

    3. With a pencil poke a hole into the moistened rooting soil in the pots and then insert the cuttings to a depth of 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches into the hole.

    4. Firm the medium around the base of the cuttings to ensure good soil contact.

    5. Cover the Geranium cutting with a plastic cover; a large zip lock works well. This provides the geranium cutting with its own private "greenhouse" in which to develop a strong root system.

    6. Place the geranium with its cover in a warm location that receives bright, but indirect light. The bag will usually show moisture condensation on the inside. Remove the bag or open the top every few days to guard against heat buildup and excessive surface moisture on the geranium.

Growing geraniums indoors:

Growing Geraniums in your outdoor herb garden:

Growing Geraniums can be enjoyed in a variety of surroundings.