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Archive for November 6th, 2011

So I mentioned I had some beautiful blue hydrangea’s which bloomed this fall for me from cuttings, now the second batch of transplants I did are offering me a beautiful showing of purple flowers.  I’m still not holding my breath that they won’t end up going pink in the future like the mother bushes did, but I’m hoping I have the right soil mix now to keep them these beautiful shades.

If you are lucky enough to have your own hydrangea’s, or can get cuttings from friends they are fairly easy to propagate yourself.   My prefered method is to take a branch during the plants active growing season, and bend it down so it makes contact with the soil.  I then put a plank or rock on top to hold it in place and wait.  This is the same method used to propogate roses.  Once the roots have set the new plant can be cut away from the Mother and transplanted.

Another method that I have used in past when it comes to cuttings, is to cut a branch from the Mother plant just slightly below the leaf nodes.  Strip off the bottom sets of leaves leaving only a few leaves at the top of the cutting.  Dip the bottom of the cutting into rooting hormone and poke it in moistened soil.  Cover with a plastic bag and mist well.  These cuttings take six to eight weeks to root and you will be able to tell when roots set by the new growth forming.

One thing I have determined about Hydrangea’s is that they are indeed a “Horse of Many Colors” flower.  Just because the mother is one color, does not mean the offspring’s will carry it over.  Soil, even just moderate alterations in acid, texture and such can produce entirely different color flowers depending on where in the yard planted.  Perhaps that is why I adore these beautiful blooms so.

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