This is a great time of the growing year to take cuttings of your hydrangeas to propagate. When my thoughtful friend, Melody, emailed me with her offer to do just that, I said yes please as quickly as I could. Mornings are the best time. She showed me how to bend the stems to find the best candidates. You want a quick snap. If the stem bends and bends, it is not ready. If it doesn’t want to snap easily, it is too old.
Cut the blossom off leaving about 1/2″ of stem above the first set of leaves.
It will look like this. Maybe it’s closer to 1/4″ of stem left above the leaves. The bottom set of leaves will be removed right before planting.
Melody sprayed the cuttings with a little bit of water to keep them happy on the drive back to her home. She is such a fantastic friend that she is even going to watch over these future gems at her house through the winter!
The beginnings of our future garden.
The next step will be to take a sharp razor blade and cut the stems right above that bottom set of leaves. The stems will be rolled in a rooting hormone and planted in perlite with peat moss. Melody even has some sort of covered tray to act as a tiny greenhouse.
I am so touched by all of Melody’s thoughtful efforts. As a fellow gardener, she knows how sentimentally attached I am to these special shrubs. To have parts of them grow in our future garden will bring us garden joy galore.