6 Easy Steps to Propagate Hydrangeas
I used to hate hydrangeas. And roses. But, let’s stick with hydrangeas for now because I hated them for the same reason. My mother had so many that I became immune to their beauty. They shared equal billing with kudzu and weeds, something else that we had a lot of. Like many kids, I hadn’t yet developed an appreciation for all that they were. Luckily, I grew out of my aversion to them and now welcome them gladly into my life and more specifically, my garden.
I have almost every variety too! From lace caps, mopheads, oakleaf to peegees, most are somewhere in my garden. Whenever I troll the local garden centers, I am mysteriously led to the aisle where these lovelies can be found. As you can imagine over time, it gets expensive. So, I decided to ask my friend, Sharon, how she manages to have so many in her garden without going broke.
She gave me a straightforward explanation on how to propagate hydrangeas so that they keep giving back. I had my doubts because while I love to garden, I’ve pretty much stuck with digging a hole and planting a bulb or perennial in said hole. My garden limitations were propagation and planting seeds. I had managed to maneuver my way around not having to know how to do either until I decided, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”.
Here’s a quick, step by step guide to creating a new hydrangea plant from your existing one. Note that the optimum time for doing this is in the Fall, but I was able to do it in the Spring successfully:
In no time at all, you will begin to see new leaves form, and as the plant grows more substantial, you can upgrade the nursery pot to accommodate its new size. Before you know it, you will be able to plant it in the ground, and you will end up with something like this:
Of course, there is more than one way to skin a cat, instead of placing the stem in water, you could dip the ends of the stem in a rooting hormone (found at any garden center), shake off the excess, then plant it directly in a nursery pot and water. Be careful not to remove your rooting hormone as you plant it.
So, what is the lesson here? Don’t be afraid to try new things. You will surprise yourself at how quickly you can master the things that once frightened you. I’m glad that I did, and so is my garden!
What money saving tips can you share that helped to make your garden an oasis? Let me know in the comments!