Hydrangea Propagation: Grow Hydrangeas From Cutting [Picture Instructions]

Growing Your own hydrangeas from cutting stems and change their colors pink and blue. Hydrangea are a gorgeous flower shrub I love for my front landscaping along the pathway and porch. They will get their best booms from mid summer to even mid fall when many other plants have quit blooming. This is why most gardeners love to choose them to keep the garden color year long. Besides they are really easy to regrow from stem cutting all by yourself and expand by layering. And they can be ideal container flowering for any exterior decoration, too.

DIY How to Instructions:

1.Take a cutting from a branch of the hydrangea shrub about 5-6″ long. Most experts say the cutting will work best if taken from a branch that did not flower this year.

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2. Remove the lower leaves of the bottom two leaf nodes.

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3. Cut largest leaves down to about half their size

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4. Dip cuttings in rooting hormone (this is entirely optional) and insert into damp vermiculite, coarse sand or other sterile medium.

Regrow Hydrangeas From Cutting Tips-Dip the bottom of the hydrangea cutting in rooting hormone

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5. Water pot well and allow to drain. Make sure soil is moist but not soggy. Cover cuttings and pot with plastic. Try to keep plastic from touching leaves by adding stakes.

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Frank from Nantucket Hydrangeas has a very informative blog that gives great information when striking your Hydrangeas. He steps you through the whole process so everyone can succeed in growing your own hydrangeas.

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  • Most gardeners have more success rooting hydrangea cuttings in soil than in water.
  • Place cuttings in bright light.  Never place new cuttings in the Sun. They will cook in the plastic. And even if they are not in plastic, they should be placed in a bright shady area.
  • Do not water again until top of soil begins to feel slightly dry. Over watering will cause cuttings to rot.
  • Most hydrangeas thrive in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. Add compost to enrich poor soil.
  • They prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, many will grow and bloom in partial shade. This is especially true for the big leaf hydrangeas
  •  Plant in spring or fall. Hydrangea propagation is most successful in early summer as this gives your new plants time to mature before fall sets in.
  • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide.
  • Set the plant in the hole and fill it half full with soil. Water. After water is drained, fill the rest of the hole with soil.
  • Water thoroughly.
  • Space multiple hydrangeas about 3 to 10 feet apart.

According to your personal preference, you can even change the color of your hydrangea blooms into blue or pink with little help of baking soda. Hydrangeas hydrangeas tells you how and why.

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Donna from Glover Nursery demonstrates how to plant Hydrangeas from Cutting through youtube channel Expert Village.