Grumpy's Best Tips for Rooting Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of our favorite Southern plants. Colorful, long blooming, easy to prune, and suitable to root in a wide range of plant zones, hydrangeas are ideal to use throughout your garden in beds, privacy hedges, and even in large containers on your porch. One of our favorite aspects of the hydrangea is that home gardeners have the ability to adjust the vibrant color of their plants by simply adjusting the acidity of the soil. They’re also suitable for trimming and drying, as well. The Grumpy Gardener loves planting hydrangeas, but he doesn't like having to buy new plants to populate his garden. Here, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender shows us that hydrangeas are surprisingly easy to divide and enjoy throughout your garden. Learn how to multiply your beautiful, Southern hydrangeas with this simple rooting technique from the Grumpy Gardener.

In this easy gardening tutorial, Grumpy Gardener shows you how to turn one hydrangea into five separate plants. First, he suggests choosing a low, bendable branch and placing it above a full pot of planting soil; make sure that you position your pot of soil underneath a node (the point at which the leaves attach to the stem), remove the leaves at this node, and plant the node firmly in the soil below. He also suggests placing a rock on top of the node in this spot in order to keep the node in place. Leave it there for about two months, keeping it watered regularly. Check on it, and if you have roots, you have yourself a new plant! Carefully separate it from the original plant with pruning sheers. Learn how to multiply your hydrangeas with this simple rooting technique—without spending a lot of money during the process.

For more information on this southern favorite, check out our SL Hydrangea Guide.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

[MUSIC] And now, the Grumpy Gardener [NOISE]. Here in the South, hydrangeas are one of our most popular flowering shrubs. And I love planting hydrangeas. I just don't like paying for 'em cuz I'm cheap. [NOISE] So what if I told you there was this magical way you could take one hydrangea you already have in your yard. And you could get five hydrangeas for free from this one plant. First thing you want to do, fill a pot like this full of potting soil. Put it underneath a low, long branch on the shrub that you can bend down easily. Then you find yourself a node on the stem. A node is simply the point at which leaves are attached to the stem. Rip off the leaves at that point, press that node to the potting soil. Cover up the stem and to make sure it doesn't come out, you place a rock on top. Then you just leave it there and you keep it watered for maybe about two months. Roots are going to form from the buried point all the way into the soil. Now, after two months, you come out and check. Lift up the stem, see if there's any roots in there. If there is, you've got yourself a new plant. You can take your pruning shears. And you can clip it and separate it from the mother plant. And because you've rooted it into a pot, now you can take it anywhere in your garden. Now if you think this is something you just can't handle. Let me tell you about a friend of mine. She started with two hydrangeas, and within about four or five years she had 400 hydrangeas in her back yard. Wouldn't you like to have 400 hydrangeas in your back yard? Of course you would.
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