Is it possible to root hydrangea's from cuttings or do you have to start with a plant already rooted.
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  • Honey Honey on Aug 19, 2013
    Pictured here is a purple/blue....Bearded Iris........ http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/iris/2002045002020707.html

  • Honey Honey on Aug 19, 2013
    The pink flower at the bottom of the pic. is one variety of honeysuckle...... http://npsot.org/wp/story/2010/1252/

  • Lori J Lori J on Aug 19, 2013
    I am betting the picture is there simply because HT prompts you to add a picture to get more attention to your question.

  • Tammy Brenner Tammy Brenner on Aug 19, 2013
    I had something fall on one of my Hydrangea & instead of throwing the broken pieces away I just stuck them in a few jars of water for about a month or so until they grew little tinny roots then I placed in some soil in some pots & put under my cover area outside & now I have 6 wonderful plants. I lost one after I planted it. They say to cut the leaves back and in half, but I didn't do that I just pulled the ones off the bottom. Some of mine still had the flowers so I enjoyed them as long as I could. Some even use rooting stuff on the bottom. I've never used that so I don't know how that works either but would like to try on another plant one day. But anyways, with my Hydrangea all I did was use plain water in a jar & changed every few days. Hope this helps and good luck. :)

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 19, 2013
    One grower offers detailed instructions here: http://www.nantuckethydrangea.com/propagation.html

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    • Judy Judy on Aug 22, 2013
      @Douglas Hunt Thanks Doug.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because I want to know if you can root one from a cutting. My neighbor has one in her flower bed but it isn't blooming, yet and it didn't bloom much last year. The leaves look beautiful - no blooms.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Thank you Douglas, it sure does. I had one some time ago. It died on me. I wish I had've had this info then.

  • Dianne Staples Dianne Staples on Aug 19, 2013
    Yes you can in early spring is good when they start to bud out. Simply cut and dip in root starter put in cool moist area and watch them go. Also you can start by just sticking in moist soil. Also sometimes if a branch touches the ground it will root itself. JUST DIG OUT AND REPLANT.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Thanks Dianne. Very helpful.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Yes Honey, That is in my garden. I wanted to take a cutting from my neighbor's. Thank Honey.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Thanks Lori, my biggy. I don't have a pic of the Hydrangea. Lol

  • Pam Pam on Aug 19, 2013
    Honey you can pull down a lower limb till it touches the dirt and lay a brick on top so it stays there in the dirt and just forget it for a season , it will root you just clip it off from the mother plant and plant.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Thanks Pam. My neighbor was wanting to get some more for her bed. I'll pass on the good news to her.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 19, 2013
    Thanks Pam, this is very useful as my neighbor is wanting to start more in her garden. We are neighbors living in a duplex so we can share.

  • Brittani Oplinger Brittani Oplinger on Aug 19, 2013
    @Brenda Barton, a really good root starter is kelp. You can get a really good price here: http://www.kelp4less.com/shop/organic-kelp/. They have organic, or non-OMRI certified stuff, which is slightly less expensive. But yes, dip your starts in that and watch the results!!! Best of luck!!!

  • 8498tx 8498tx on Aug 20, 2013
    I know a lady that just lays a branch over and sticks a pot on top of it, it will root itself and then you have a new plant.

  • Karen McLendon Karen McLendon on Aug 20, 2013
    You can take some cuttings and fill up some cut in half milk or soda bottles(plastic) dampen the soil and place cuttings in the soil...seal up the top of the bottle to the bottom and place in dimpled shade...check to make sure they don't dry out. It does not take long. Another good source for them is at Lowe's in the clearance cart...my two huge ones came from there and they are wonderful.

  • Phillip Williams Phillip Williams on Aug 20, 2013
    Great responses! I found an interesting VERY OLD variegated lace cap hydrangea on an abandoned property nearby. I took about a dozen cutting 6 weeks ago and only one has failed to root. My horticulturist friend tells me that hydrangeas love to root from cuttings and that its very easy to do. Just keep them moist and they will reward you.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 20, 2013
    Thank you all so much. Your response's are all very helpful. I told my neighbor how to root them for her garden as well.

  • Natalie Scarberry Natalie Scarberry on Aug 20, 2013
    Layering works too. Just lay one of the woody branches on the soil whiie it is still attached to the main plant. Use a plant staple or something like that to hold it down on the soil. It will evetually take roots and become a new plant that after a year you can severe from the main plant, dig up and replant.

  • Lisamariaweiss Lisamariaweiss on Aug 20, 2013
    That's a great idea, Natalie. I had strawberry plants that I tried rooting several times, all of wish failed until I placed the entire pot on the ground and tried the layering technique and this method proved successful for me!

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Aug 20, 2013
    I just cut the branches that are in my way and stick them in a pot and water them! I don't know if there is a secret time to do this but all mine grow! I wish I could share with all of you! I have so many. I even have had the cuttings bloom while rooting! A little bit of old wood on the end, about an inch and stick them in soil about 4 inches! Good Luck!

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 20, 2013
    Funny, Mikell. Paulson. I wish you could share with me too. Went to Lowes today but they were out. Will try later, I guess.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 21, 2013
    Beautiful. Thank you Don. I will save it.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 21, 2013
    Thanks Don, I love the website.

  • Pam Pam on Aug 21, 2013
    Gonna try rooting some in water....Thanks...I Love Hydrangeas..Phillip the variegated one sounds pretty.

  • Linda Linda on Aug 21, 2013
    We use a mixture of about 60% bark and 40% sand for rooting. We strip the bark off of an inch or two, dip in Roottone and stick in the bark/sand mixture. Keep it damp but not soggy until rooted.

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Aug 22, 2013
    You like fish? Cod is really good! I might be able to do that! We have a fish plant not far from where I live!

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 23, 2013
    Ha ha. Does it smell like? The only fish plant I've ever seen is a Shrimp Plant. So beautiful. My mom had one I tried to root from a cutting,but failed.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 23, 2013
    @Mikell Paulson , I think you mis-understood me. I was trying to say C O D shipping. It would probably be too hot and dry here for That type of plant do you think. Thanks for offering tho.

  • Kathy S Kathy S on Aug 23, 2013
    Is this the plant in question? The tall plant is an iris and the plant next to it with orange blossom is honeysuckle. As for hydrangea, yes, they can be rooted by cutting or grafting.

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 23, 2013
    @Kathy S.Thanks. It is a hydrangea I was asking about. The pic is of my Iris. Didn't have a pic of a hydrangea because I don't have one, my neighbor does and I want to get a start from hers. I do have my answer now, Thank you tho.

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Aug 23, 2013
    Yes I did, I don't know if they would grow there are not, my book on plants says zone 1 to 21, so they might do ok in part shade!

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 24, 2013
    Oh awesome. My front yard is mostly shade.

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Aug 25, 2013
    Want me to mail you some?? I got some that I have been rooting for about a month! They are small, 6 to 10 inches. One even bloomed while rooting! I have 4. Let me know ?? My treat!

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Aug 26, 2013
    Oh, yes definatly. My address is 305 North Houston # 157 Royse City Tx. 75189. If you can't send it, (cash on delivery) COD, then please just let me know the cost and I'll will reemburse you. I'm so excited I can hardly wait.!!!

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Aug 27, 2013
    No Charges, My treat!! Happy to share! I will get them in the mail to you next week! I have a busy week. When I mail them I will send them over night, that way they will still be fresh!

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    • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Sep 07, 2013
      @Brenda Barton I am so glad that they got there! I am smiling because I was able to share with you! Just enjoy them! Big Hug! Mikie

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Aug 28, 2013
    You too! I hope that they will do good and have pretty flowers for you!

  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Sep 06, 2013
    Mikell P. I just received the plants you sent me. They are awesome, and just in time . I put half of my flowerbed together this morning. Thank you so much.