The Q&A Archives: rooting a plant

Question: I have a hydrangia tree and a shoot has started from the bottom of the tree. I would like to root that shoot and plant it elsewhere. Can you give me any suggestions.

Answer: If the shoot has roots of its own you should be able to dig it up and replant it. You won't know until you carefully dig down into the soil to see where it is coming from. If it is actually attached to the trunk of your tree, it won't root well if you sever it, but if it is emerging from a root and has roots of its own, you can cut it way from the parent plant and set it in a container to grow. If it is coming from the trunk, you can force it to grow roots of its own with a simple process called layering. Wait until the shoot is long enough that you can gently lay it on the ground. Anchor it down and then cover over part of the stem with soil but leave the growing tip above the ground. The stem will develop roots underground and at the end of the summer you should be able to dig it up, cut it away from the parent plant and plant it elsewhere in your garden. Best wishes with your project!

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