Yes-I said propagate a hydrangea with a coat hanger.
There are many posts about propagating plants with cuttings, potatoes, water, rooting hormone, etc but I am here to show you the easiest and fool proof way to propagate hydrangeas that will not take up space, pots, or time. There is no special care and no special instructions after you are done.It is easy as 1,2,3 and 4 & 5!
Because all you need to do is:
grab a wire hanger,
I do not know about you but I do not have the room for cups and pots. I also do not have the patience nor the time to water any more plants or worry about about long it is going to take them to root. I want easy and I want foolproof.
I love gardening…
but like everyone else, I have a busy life creating, working, blogging, writing, and being a mom, wife, and friend. I also made a pact with my family that I would not look like a greenhouse in the house or the yard so I have my potting area which is the hospital for the sick, trampled and chomped. I also have a nursery area where I grow the plants after they have been ‘revived’ and then I may move, barter, or give them away. Living in the suburbs on my 1/4 acre lot gives me limited space to grow so I sometimes just grow something for a while to pass it on to the next plant lover.
I have done this ‘coat hanger’ propagation with a couple neighbors and they were thrilled when they had new babies to transplant without any fuss. It can take a couple months in the summer when it is hot and dry *unless you water then it can take less time*. Hydrangeas have got to be the easiest plants to propagate and if you do not have a wire coat hanger use a stone! Just lay down the lowest hydrangea branch, put a clump of dirt, and cover with a rock. Easy Peasy!
I have done this method many times with Azaleas, Forsythias, and Aucuba japanica (Japanese aucubas). I think it will work for most soft wood branches and will work for many plants that vine as well. Good luck and I hope and I hope you are motivated to go out and make some babies!
Happy gardening everyone!