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The Easy Way To Propagate Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are gorgeous flowering plants that can be a bit tricky to propagate. But if you are looking for an easy way to propagate your hydrangeas, then look no further! This simple tutorial will show you how to do it in just a few easy steps.

Hydrangeas are a beautiful addition to any garden, and with this method, you can easily create more of them. So, get started today and enjoy your beautiful blooms all season long!

What You’ll Need

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Propagating your hydrangeas doesn’t have to be difficult. You can do this from the comfort of your kitchen using what you probably already have laying around!

  • Healthy hydrangea plant
  • Sharp scissors
  • Glass of tepid water
  • Rooting hormone
  • Potting medium of your choice

Step-By-Step Guide to Propagating Hydrangeas

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Taking cuttings from hydrangeas is a simple process that anyone can do. The most important thing to remember is to take the cuttings from healthy plants that are not diseased in any way. Here’s a step-by-step guide to propagating your hydrangea cuttings:

Step One – Cut

Choose a stalk about 4 to 6 inches long that is from this year’s growth. Select one that is green, not woody, or brown. Now cut it with sharp scissors just under a node.

Step Two – Remove the Leaves

To prepare the cuttings, start by stripping away all of the leaves from the bottom half of the stem. You want to leave at least two leaves towards the top of the stem.

Step Three – Place Your Cutting in Water

Place your hydrangea cuttings in water after collecting them from the mother plant to ensure the ends don’t dry out as you work.

Step Four- Rooting Hormone

Dampen the end of the cutting and dip it in the rooting hormone. Don’t skip this step! The rooting hormone will help with the success of propagation.

Step Five- Fill Your Pot

Fill a pot or container with a well-draining potting mix and water it thoroughly.

Step Six- Plant Your Cutting

Poke a hole in the potting mix and stick the cutting in, making sure that at least two leaf nodes are buried. You can plant several cuttings in the same pot, a few inches apart. You can repot them later once they have rooted.

Now, place the pot in bright, indirect light and keep the soil moist but not wet.

Step Seven – Root Check

In about two to three weeks, you should feel some resistance when gently tugging on the stem you planted. That means your new hydrangea plant is on its way to developing roots!

Now let your hydrangea grow until it’s fully established. At that point, you can transplant your new hydrangea plant into its permanent home in the garden! You should aim to plant them a month and a half before the first freeze.

Propagating hydrangeas from cuttings is a great way to expand your garden without having to purchase new plants. Give it a try today and see for yourself how easy it is!

How To Take Care of Your Hydrangea Plant

No matter what time of year it is, hydrangeas are always a stunning addition to any home. Though they’re often associated with summer, these versatile flowers can actually thrive in any season with the proper care. Here are some tips on how to take care of your own hydrangea plants:

Watering Your Hydrangea

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First and foremost, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! These flowers need regular watering, especially during hot summer days. Be sure to check the soil before watering; if it’s still moist from the last time you watered, hold off until it begins to dry out. But, overwatering can be just as harmful as underwatering, so it’s important to find a happy medium.

Additionally, always water at the base of the plant, close to the soil. Avoid any overhead watering as that can cause fungal diseases.

Pruning and Feeding Your Hydrangea

Bush (hydrangea) cutting or trimming with secateur in the garden
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Second, give your plant some love and attention. Trim off any dead or dying leaves and stems to encourage new growth. You can also fertilize your plant with an all-purpose fertilizer, just be sure to follow the directions on the package.

Sunlight For Your Hydrangea

Immature and mature hydrangea flowers
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Third, make sure your hydrangea is getting enough sunlight. These plants prefer partial sun to full sun. However, too much direct sunlight can actually scorch the leaves, so be careful not to place it in an area that gets too many golden rays in the afternoon.

With a little bit of TLC, your hydrangea will be blooming beautifully all year round!

Enjoy Your New Plants!

Have you ever tried to propagate hydrangeas? If not, now is the time! This easy how-to guide shows you how to do it in just a few simple and straightforward steps. From snipping the stem to planting in soil, the process is simple.

Hydrangeas are a lovely addition to any backyard, so get started today and enjoy your beautiful blooms all season long! Do you have any tips or tricks for propagating hydrangeas? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to share with your family and friends!