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How to grow a geranium from a cutting

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Geraniums are bright, cheery flowers with attractive leaves which are often beautifully scented. If you know someone who has one, why not ask them for a cutting and grow your own? Just follow the simple steps below. Late summer or early autumn is the best time to get started.
What you'll need: 
Sharp scissors or pruners
Seed and cutting compost
Plastic sandwich bag (or similar)
Trowel (or large spoon)
String
Sticky labels (optional)
Small pot
Medium or large pot
1: 
ADULTS ONLY: Using the scissors or pruners, carefully cut a non-flowering shoot somewhere immediately below a leaf joint. Use a horizontal cut.
2: 
Remove all leaves except the two small ones on the top.
3: 
Line the small pot with a sandwich bag and, using your trowel or spoon, fill with moist (not wet) compost.
4: 
Use your finger to make a pit in the compost. Insert the cutting and secure by pushing compost around the stem.
5: 
Fold up the edges of the bag and tie the neck loosely around the stem with string, ensuring the leaves remain uncovered.
6: 
Label, if necessary, and store on a light windowsill (away from direct sunlight).
7: 
Following the growth of new leaves, carefully lift the bag and check for roots.
8: 
When you can see the roots, the plant is ready to be removed from the bag and re-potted in the larger pot.
Tips: 
Geraniums thrive in warm, sunny weather and will need to be kept indoors over winter.
This is an ideal activity for green-fingered children.
Warnings: 
Scissors and pruners should be kept out of the reach of children.

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