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Geranium grafting experiment
    #12467221 - 04/27/10 07:20 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

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.

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Re: Geranium grafting experiment [Re: caricapapaya]
    #12467424 - 04/27/10 08:04 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

Huh, How cool!


I have a couple of standards around and this certainly gives me some ideas. Hope it takes and do update with the results.


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Re: Geranium grafting experiment [Re: karode13]
    #12469035 - 04/28/10 12:59 AM (4 years, 5 months ago)

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.

Hope to see more!


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Re: Geranium grafting experiment [Re: lIXII]
    #12474159 - 04/28/10 11:40 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

That is so awesome!!! I can't wait to see the progress :laugh:


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Re: Geranium grafting experiment [Re: isolation]
    #12476498 - 04/29/10 12:03 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

I never thought to graft geraniums. That is indeed really cool.

Way to think outside the box!
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Re: Geranium grafting experiment [Re: DeeGee]
    #12831862 - 07/01/10 12:25 AM (4 years, 3 months ago)

Well here is the update:

3 of the 5 scions died. I had 3 of one variety and 2 of another, and all three of the first died. Maybe that variety didnt like the rootstock?

But the 2 that survived are growing well, and flowering as you can see.

If I were to do it over again, I would use a cleft graft for 3 scions and not go for the 5. I think that was too many, and the bark graft didnt turn out as pretty as I wanted.

We'll see if they hold on, I am kind of worried one of them might break off when it gets bigger.

I am trimming them back for bushiness, then I will let them trail for the weeping effect.

The pot and sticks are ugly, I know, but the final pot and support will be more decorative.

I have a good friend who is head geranium breeder for Oglevee/Ecke. I wonder what she'll think?
I know its not a breeding accomplishment, but maybe a new form to sell?




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Re: Geranium grafting experiment [Re: caricapapaya]
    #12831941 - 07/01/10 12:43 AM (4 years, 3 months ago)

Two out of five isn't a bad effort for a first time graft. It should beef up once you trim it back if the xylem and phloem are pumping into the scion. Good work and thanks for the update.:sun:


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