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I know geraniums arent really used for anything but ornament, but I think grafting is cool, and I had this idea a while ago and finally got everything together to do it. I thought I'd share my results so far:
I thought it would be kind of cool to have a geranium standard but have the top be ivy geranium, to give it a "weeping" habit.
I grew a random zonal geranium seedling straight and tall, breaking off any sideshoots that came out until it was about 3 or 4 feet tall.
Then I topped it and slit open the bark in 5 places around the stem. Then I took 5 ivy geranium (Pelargonium peltatum) shoot tips to use as scions, and sliced the base thin. This was then slid into the bark of the rootstock. After all of the scions were in place, I used plastic wrap to wrap up the area and taped it up to keep everything tight and moist and in place. Its been about a week now, and I removed the bandages to see what it looks like. I know its kind of early, but I didnt want it to start getting fuzzy with fungus in there. All of the scions seem healthy and turgid, and they are definately growing together with the rootstock.
Hopefully it will continue to grow. I'll post follow-up pics in a few months when it looks better.
Very good indeed. Young P. peltatum is a decent edible green, nutritious & useful for diarrhea or other conditions of atonic (flaccid) mucosa (it's astringent).
Don't know your rootstock sp., but many geraniums, including various wild spp., are aromatic & have many of the same properties / aromatic features of rose. Geraniol etc., but in much higher concentrations than rose.
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