Question about propagating geraniums, lantana, verbena, trailing petunias

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  1. Cayuga Morning

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    I have successfully wintered over some geraniums and a lantana. Given the high price of these annuals typically used for pot display, I'd like to propagate them... this winter? Early spring?

    So when is the best time to propagate ?
    Geranium
    Lantana
    Verbena
    Trailing petunias

    Soft wood cuttings?
    Hormone powder?
    In a baggie?
    Soilless mix?
     
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    Geraniums are fairly easy to keep over winter so, propagate them anytime.
    I don't know much about lantana..
    but, verbena and petunias are very susceptible to powdery mildew. you need to keep a close eye on them and keep them sprayed with a fungicide to keep them healthy. both root with rooting hormone powder very easily. You can do any of them with a vented baggie method and bottom heat. verbena you can just place the trailing stems on soil while it is still attached to the plant and it will root right in place.
    Geraniums you need to keep on the dry side for rooting. don't keep them too moist or they will rot.
    Use sterile potting mix for all rooting methods. don't take the chance with garden soil.
     
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    Thanks Carolyn. I am hopeful
     
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    Thanks SJ. Yes it is.
     
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    Lantana are perennial here,,just prune after frost and add some mulch ! will be back in the spring !
     
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    yes, S is correct in finding them placed along the side of the pot they root (oops, I typed rot the first time) better and faster. must be the heat transfer?
     
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    CM, I misspelled root... I spelled rot instead and that was a totally wrong word.
     
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