The red geranium's leaf turns in
on itself, rolling up inside the wilt
that blights. I need to minimize
infection, finish with cuttings an end
begun as flowers fade. Already
it's late August. I pinch slips from stem
tips, fixing them a single inch in a mix
of perlite and sphagnum peat moss.
The trick to rooting successfully is
finding the place that nourishes deep,
out of the glare. North or east light
will do; holding back on water, too.
It takes time to get established. More
if you start from seed. In the tending
before the planting you can go so far.
© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas