Asked on Jun 02, 2017

How can I root a hydrangea limb that I accidentally broke off ?

It's a very young hydrangea bush, not very big at all. I put it in a vase of water outside until I can figure out how to properly root it!!
  5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 02, 2017

  • Bo Spears Bo Spears on Jun 02, 2017
    lay it horizontally on the ground and bury it a couple inches with existing soil and mix of peat and compost. make sure the stem you bury has at least a couple leaves in tact. It should root from those leaves. Hydrangeas are plants that "comeback" on "old wood" every year, so primary roots should extrude off the stem nodes of the old wood.

  • Hardware diva Hardware diva on Jun 03, 2017
    Hydrangeas are easy to start. Start with a potting soil that has lots of pearlite for good drainage, trim your broken branch back to just about two inches under the first leaf node, then plant it in the soil just till that leaf node touches the soil at its base. Wherever there's a leaf node you can plant, so make as many starts as you want. You may want to apply a rooting hormone to the raw stock just before you stick it in the soil, this will help get the roots growing.

  • Jan Froneberger Dockery Jan Froneberger Dockery on Jun 04, 2017
    thank you. Didn't know they were easy to start

  • 861650 861650 on Jun 04, 2017
    The rooting hormones do a great job. Make sure you read all the directions carefully.