Hydrangeas forum: How do you root cuttings from Nikko blue hydrangeas?

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Sep 8, 2011 8:00 AM CST
The previous owners planted all hydrangeas and forsythia on one entire side of our house. I have been asked to take cuttings for somebody and I want to make sure I do it correctly. I have no idea what variety is but I think they might be Nikko blue as I think back to the time frame when the previous owners lived here, there were not a lot of other varieties like there are now.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Sep 8, 2011 5:05 PM CST
Hi Pippi,

I like this website for rooting hydrangea info. They do root quite easily.

http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/propagation.html
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Sep 10, 2011 10:29 PM CST
Pippi, hydrangeas are a piece of cake to root.

Take the new wood, where the green wood meets the brown (old wood). Dip into rooting hormone, either powder or liquid, make a hole with a pencil in your rooting/potting medium, insert cutting, water in to close the dirt/potting soil around the cutting. Keep moist.

If your leaves on the cuttings are large trim them back by half.

Here is a pic of hydrangeas in a "rooting box" (plastic tote).
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Sep 12, 2011 4:02 AM CST
I have an entire side of my house with about 8 or 9 mature hydrangeas that were planted by the original owner and somebody had asked me to start a cutting for them and I didn't know how. Yep, that does sound easy enough. Maybe I'll start some next January to take to the Spring plant swap. I'm guessing they are the Nikoo blue because that was the only variety or one of the few varieties around when they lived here and the man that prunes them said that's what he thinks they are. Thanks to all who responded.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 13, 2011 7:28 AM CST
They're also incredibly easy by layering. Pick an outside stem, still attached, and bend it to the ground. Pull off a few leaves at the bottom. Create a shallow trench, about an inch or two deep, and bury those stripped nodes but leaving the tip of the stem above ground. In spring just sever the stem and dig it up. The buried nodes will have formed nice roots and you have a new plant. No muss, no fuss, nothing to babysit. Mother Nature does it for you.

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Name: Ferenc
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Ferenc
Sep 30, 2011 12:24 PM CST
Its one off my favorite garden plants , specialy the different color when fall is taking over the summer. If you cut some stem with flowers and lett them dry , you can make a nice home made art work for cristmas to place on a tabel
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kqcrna
Sep 30, 2011 2:41 PM CST
Yes, I think dried hydrangeas are pretty. I've done some. My husband thought they were ugly. There's no accounting for taste I guess.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 1, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Welcome Ferenc!

I have some nice hydrangea flowers out there right now. What fun that would be to color them red and green for Christmas! My granddaughter will love to help. Thanks for the suggestion.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 26, 2011 11:31 AM CST
I never thought of taking cuttings from our hydrangea. We had so many at one time and they took over the garden so they took them out. We now have one small one someone gave us and it is blooming now. When is the best time to take cuttings of them. This is a pic of the young plant, and my little black mommy cat, Lucky. It has been blooming for months. We stuck it on the north side of the old barn and were amazed how happy it is.

Shoe, how old are those cuttings you showed us? They are adorable.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Oct 26, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Howdy, JB...
Those cuttings in my pic above were taken in the late fall of last year and I think that pic was taken around early summer. They are well-leafed out because I got so far behind in potting things up this year but none-the-less they made the up-potting transfer very well.

I just took cuttings of the same hydrangea again about a week or ten days ago; now is a good time since we haven't been hit by any hard frost or freeze.

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Oct 27, 2011 12:42 PM CST
Thank you Shoe, I will take them in the next few days. The plant is so pretty I can not resist trying to take a few and seeing if I can grow them. Like a need more plants. See you later, gater.
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