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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Make More Hydrangeas!

We love Hydrangeas!

WE WANT MORE!

Here is how to propagate your favorites!

  • Locate a stem of softwood between the hard, woody growth at the bottom of the plant and the fleshy green tip by bending it; softwood should snap cleanly.
  • Cut a softwood shoot that has several leaves. Trim it into 5-inch-long pieces that each have a leaf toward the top.
  • Remove extra leaves; then cuts the remaining leaf in half to minimize evaporation (and the need for watering). 
  • Dip the other end in powdered rooting hormone; plant the cuttings in trays filled with a soilless mix and perlite.
  • Cover with a plastic bag, and stash in a shady location, misting regularly to keep the leaf hydrated.
  • After four weeks, tug on it to check for roots; once roots are developed, transplant to a bigger pot and feed with a slow-release fertilizer. By next spring, cuttings will be ready to go in the ground.



Happy Gardening!
Wyatt and Stanzie

18 comments:

  1. Mom loves them too - hmmm she is thinking where she can plant one now :)

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  2. Wyatt you are just such a great gardener, bet Mom is jealous. Hey, did you get washed yesterday?

    The Mad Scots

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  3. We need to know how to stop one from growing! I cut it back every year but it still looks like The Hydrangea that Ate the House. Then there's the one by the fence that some unknown dog either trampled or peed to death....
    Sherry
    Miro (I didn't do it!)

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  4. We have lots of hydrangea but we have never seen one with those red and white flowers. Those are beautiful!

    Millie

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  5. Your hydrangeas are beautiful!! We tried to grow some once but they did not survive the cold winter.
    hugs
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  6. Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers. Especially on cupcakes. I love cupcakes :P

    You sure do have a green paw, Wyatt!

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  7. They are so beautiful! unfortunately our scorching sun and dry climate do not provide a favorable environment. But we loved seeing yours!

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  8. Thanks for the tip. We are thinking that it might be a good idea if we just buy the seeds and plant them. I'm not good at choosing good fertilizer. Also, I like the picture where you cut the leaves. You're awesome, Mom.

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  9. Love the red and white one. Brill tips. We had hail the other day and the garden got a battering. Big sigh. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  10. We have a hydrangea garden in the park near my new home in Japan and we think they are PAWSOME!!! So it was great to see yours too!!

    Woof

    Groucho

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  11. Thanks Wyatt! We will try it immediately - I hope my paws are green enough. Have a great thursday.

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  12. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous...YOu got Momz to look it up...we're in Zone 9a and it sez we can grow them if they get morning light but not afternoon sun...Momz wil be on the lookout now for a nice one to try in our garden

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  13. We saw lots of them in Oregon!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  14. We've never seen red hydrangeas before, Wyatt! They are so pretty!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  15. Have NEVER see the reds before....only white, purple and blue. They are stunning.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  16. Hi Wyatt and Stanzie,
    I absolutly adore Hydrangeas, i have never seen red ones before, My Grandmother has blue, purple and pink ones and I have also seen white, but never red, how wonderful!!!
    Love and licks from your furiend Frank xxxxxxxxx

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