How To Root Hydrangeas From A Leaf

  • Take a 5- to 6-inch-long clipping off a limb of the hydrangea shrub. According to the majority of experts, the cutting will thrive if it is taken from a branch that did not bloom this year.
  • The bottom two leaf nodes’ lower leaves should be removed. A leaf emerges from the branch at the leaf node. At that time, the majority of roots will form.
  • Reduce the largest leaves’ size by around 50%.
  • Insert cuttings into damp vermiculite or sterile medium after dipping them in rooting hormone (this step is absolutely optional).
  • Well-watered pot should be allowed to drain. Make sure the ground is damp but not drenched. Plastic wrap the pot and the cuttings. Use stakes to try to prevent plastic from coming in contact with the foliage.

TIP: Position cuttings in a well-lit, shaded area. Never expose fresh cuts to the sun. They’ll be heated in the plastic.

Wait to water again until the soil’s surface feels dry. Cuttings will decay if they receive too much water.

In 2-3 weeks, depending on temperature (faster in warm weather) and humidity, cuttings should start to grow roots. Some cuttings take as little as a week to take root. When a cutting is pulled and the pull is resisted, it is rooted. Reminder: It might not be allowed to reproduce plants that have been trademarked or registered.

I adore this simple approach. If you don’t have a lot of hydrangeas, you are only able to root a small number of new plants at once.

When you gently bend a branch down, the area where it will contact the ground has roughly 5 to 6 inches of leaves removed from it. In this location, remove a small amount of bark from the branch’s underside. Ascertain that at least one leaf node will be below the surface.

Don’t remove the branch from the parent plant. Lower the branch into a small trench that is approximately 2 inches deep and generously top it with soil. Put a block or stone on the area that will be buried to ensure that it stays there. Additionally, this aids in keeping the moisture surrounding the branch. Keep it occasionally watered. When the branch from the mother plant develops roots, break it off and plant it in a pot or the garden.

Hydrangeas like humid, partially sunny weather. On the north and east sides of your house, they work well.

Can you root hydrangeas in water?

Although hydrangeas are often mistaken for perpetual flowers, they are actually woody-stemmed shrubs that have a different root system than non-woody, soft-stemmed plants. Because of this, trying to root hydrangeas in water, as you might with certain houseplants, rarely works. For best results, plant hydrangea cuttings at the right time in potting soil.

Like growing roses, there are different ways to grow hydrangeas. When the year’s new stems have grown solid and robust, in late fall or early winter, “hardwood” cuttings obtained from hydrangeas can be rooted. However, it takes a long time for hardwood cuttings to root. 1 The majority of hydrangea producers in the industry employ “softwood” cuttings because they root more quickly and produce superior results.

How can hydrangeas be rooted effectively?

Insert cuttings into moist vermiculite, coarse sand, or another sterile media after dipping them in rooting hormone (this step is entirely optional).

Well-watered pot should be allowed to drain. Make sure the ground is damp but not drenched. Plastic wrap the pot and the cuttings. Add stakes (#5) to try to prevent plastic from coming into contact with the foliage.

See several shortcut techniques that website visitors have sent me below. Okay, I’ll admit it—I tacked three steps onto step 5, but this is actually quite easy.

TIP: Position cuttings in direct sunlight. Never expose fresh cuts to the sun. They’ll be heated in the plastic. They should be kept in a bright, shaded area even if they are not in plastic.

Wait to water again until the soil’s surface feels a little bit dry. Cuttings will decay if they receive too much water.

In 2-3 weeks, depending on temperature (faster in warm weather) and humidity, cuttings should start to grow roots. Some cuttings take as little as a week to take root. When a cutting is pulled and the pull is resisted, it is rooted.

Note on overwintering Cuttings

The most challenging aspect of establishing fresh hydrangeas from cuttings is getting them through the first winter without a greenhouse. To offer new cuttings the best chance of surviving the winter, start them early in the summer.

While some people are able to take cuttings indoors throughout the winter, this generally is not a good idea. Outdoor cultivation of hydrangeas is ideal. Two ideas for preserving cuttings during the winter are as follows:

(1) Plant cutting pots in the ground and cover them thoroughly with thin mulch.

(2) Next to a foundation, place smaller pots of cuttings that will be covered by huge clay pots for the winter.

How can a branch of a hydrangea be rooted in water?

I am kind of thrilled to try out water propagation on the other plants as it has just been quite popular online (I’ll keep sharing the findings from the items we propagate as soon as I figure out what they are all!). However, some of the information I’ve read suggests that water propagation is not recommended for hydrangeas in particular since it results in a weaker root system, which makes them more likely to fail when you transplant them to soil.

Since I haven’t used it personally yet, I’ll also remark that a reader previously commented in a post that she hasn’t encountered any issues. So please let me know if you attempt it this way and are successful!

The other plants can be propagated in water quite easily:

  • Grab a little plant cutting.
  • Place it in a glass so that the stem is submerged in the liquid but that the leaves and other components are not (otherwise they would rot).
  • Use a transparent glass so you may more easily track the root’s development.
  • Water should be replaced every several days.
  • Set up in a location with enough natural light (we’re using the bedroom windowsills because they have wonderful, filtered light from the window film).

Which is preferable, hydrangea roots in soil or water?

It won’t hurt anything if you don’t use any rooting gel or powder; it will just take a little longer. Cuttings from hydrangeas are incredibly simple to root, especially if you employ the “tent secret” that is revealed later.

The cuttings should be dipped in water, shaken off any excess water, and then placed into dry zip-lock bags along with some rooting hormone powder. Shake the bag until the rooting powder is evenly applied to the stems.

I typically leave the bag open for a few hours to let the moisture escape before sealing it with the remaining rooting powder to store it for later use.

Each cutting should be placed in a hole that has been made in the damp potting mix with a stick or pencil. For each cutting to be secured, gently press the dirt. Minimum distance between cuttings is one to two.

The objective is to bury at least one set of nodes, preferably two sets, in the ground, as can be seen in the photographs above. New roots will start to emerge from nodes and stems!

To propagate Hydrangea cuttings, there are a number of suitable rooting medium options. Both a decent potting soil and a seed beginning soil mix are suitable for usage.

Use of garden soil or soil mixes high in manure or fertilizer might cause cuttings to decay before they have a chance to establish root. Also excellent for propagation is a soilless mixture of 50% horticulture perlite and 50% peat moss (soak in water for 30 minutes before use).

How can a hydrangea stem be rooted?

Selecting a stem for cutting is the first stage in the process of rerooting hydrangea cuttings. For hydrangea propagation in the early fall, pick a stem that is at least 6 inches (15 cm) long, has no flowers, and is fresh growth. The stem of a new growth will be greener than an old growth. Be mindful that the entire shrub may be made up of new growth if you live in a colder region where the hydrangea dies back to the ground.

Take a sharp pair of shears and cut the stem off just below a leaf node after choosing a stem to propagate the hydrangea. A set of leaves will develop at a leaf node. The hydrangea cutting should have at least one more set of leaves above the chosen leaf node and be at least 4 inches (10 cm) long. Cut the cutting off the stem.

The cutting should then be stripped of all but the top set of leaves. There should only be two leaves left on the cutting. Crosswise divide the two remaining leaves (not lengthwise).

Use rooting hormone to coat the cutting’s tip, if it is available. Hydrangea shrubs can still be effectively propagated without rooting hormone, however it will boost your chances.

Place the clipping now in wet potting soil. Ensure that the plastic bag does not touch the hydrangea cutting’s leaves as you cover the pot with it.

Place the pot in a shaded area away from the sun. Every few days, check the hydrangea cutting to make sure the soil is staying damp. The cutting will be rooted and your hydrangea propagation will be finished in two to four weeks.

That is all there is to know about hydrangea propagation. You can begin propagating hydrangeas for your yard or for friends and family with a little care and work.

How can I create rooting hormone on my own?

Cinnamon, aloe vera, and honey are the three main ingredients used to manufacture rooting hormone. Although I personally like the cinnamon technique, the other options all function fairly nicely.

Cinnamon Homemade Rooting Hormone

Cinnamon works just as effectively as your standard hormone rooting powder as a rooting agent. You can give your seedlings a head start by adding a little cinnamon powder to the soil.

How to manufacture homemade rooting hormone is provided here:

  • First, place a tablespoon or so of cinnamon powder on a piece of paper. Make sure the cinnamon you use is pure.
  • After that, moisten the stems (this will make it easier for them to stick to the cinnamon).
  • After that, coat the damp stem ends on both sides with cinnamon by rolling them in it.
  • The stems should then be planted in brand-new potting soil.

The cinnamon powder will encourage your plants to grow more stems and stop fungus from developing on them. Pretty basic, yes?

Aloe Vera Homemade Rooting Hormone

  • Take an aloe vera leaf and place it on your chopping board first.
  • Then, point the leaf in your direction using the smallest end. Your aloe vera should be cut into from the other end.
  • Push from the leaf’s end and slide the kitchen spoon in the direction of the cut. The gel will be forced out by the spoon’s pressure.
  • Put the gel in a cup after that, and stir the aloe until the chunks start to resemble each other more.
  • Finally, submerge your stems in the cup.
  • Establish your cuttings!

Honey Homemade Rooting Hormone

  • First, heat up a pot on the stove with two cups of water in it.
  • Add a tablespoon or enough water to fill a large spoon after the water has thoroughly boiled.
  • Stir the mixture until the honey is completely dissolved.
  • Remove the honey and water mixture from the fire and let it cool for a while.
  • Transfer then to a jar suitable for canning or a container with a tight lid.
  • Apply the honey juice on the stems’ bottoms.
  • Finally, bury the stem.

When should hydrangea cuttings be taken?

Late July is the ideal time to take hydrangea cuttings. These cuttings are semi-ripe, which indicates that they come from the growth of the current season, yet they are old enough to have a woody base but are still soft at the tip. When the cuttings are added to compost, the woody foundation keeps them from decomposing.

How to take hydrangea cuttings

Use secateurs to gather material from the hydrangea stems and a knife to trim each cutting when taking hydrangea cuttings. You must place hydrangea cuttings into a pot of grittier compost because water cannot be used to proliferate them due to their woody nature. To keep your cuttings moist until the roots have formed, keep them in a propagator (usually after about six weeks). Winter in a frigid frame or anything comparable. Then, plant the cuttings when they begin to grow in the spring.