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Propagation of hydrangea panicled lignified cuttings in autumn


Hello dear gardeners, gardeners and gardeners! My dears, now we are cutting our gardens, we are doing sanitary pruning, as a rule, we remove various plant debris before winter, the ones we don’t need, and even less so for the plants. And thus, our hands reach hydrangea.

Nikolai Fursov. PhD in Agricultural Sciences

And today I would like to tell you about a not quite ordinary, one might even say, non-traditional method of reproduction of panicled hydrangea. As a rule, in books, in councils, in various recommendations, it is said that hydrangea is very well cut by semi-lignified cuttings. I could argue with these people, so I’ll tell you a very interesting way to breed hydrangea in the autumn, i.e. lignified cuttings.

Of course, in the winter we will have to tinker with them a little bit, a little bit, but this, absolutely, is the same as with all indoor plants. So there are no difficulties. But on the other hand, those branches, those big shoots that you cut off on your panicled hydrangeas and throw in a bunch of compost, we can use for cuttings. In this way, tens and even hundreds of new plants can be grown.

Cut branch of panicled hydrangea

The main requirements in the winter will be the temperature at which to grow, and lighting. Well, we will add a little bit of light, at least with daylight, and we will increase the temperature by isolating it from a cold window or from a cold window sill, at least putting a piece of polystyrene on the bottom. Here we are cutting hydrangea - everything is already, it remains for them to live a little, insofar as all the same cold is about to come.

What should we do? What should a stalk consist of? The handle should consist of a node, we just do a cut under it. The leaves are opposite, so we cut perpendicular to the axis. This way. Or a little diagonally. You can obliquely. The leaves can be shortened like this, you can cut with scissors.

We make a cut under the bottom node of the handle

Next we go. Here we have a little knot left, here it is - a little knot. Here comes the second nodule. See, huh? And here is the third one. So what do we take for a stalk? One knot, second, third - we make a cut over the third knot, in about two centimeters. So cut it off.

We make a cut in two centimeters above the third knot of the handle

We remove the leaves on the middle node in this way, leaving the stalks completely. Then we shorten, shorten these leaves a little, i.e. leaf blades. So we shorten it so that the surface with which the moisture evaporates decreases slightly and it is easier to cut the cuttings to carry out sap flow.

Shorten leaf blades

Look at what the stalk looked like after all. Well, wonderful, look, just beauty. We will put it aside.

Prepared panicle of hydrangea paniculata

And now, quickly, I will remind you how to prepare the ground. Be sure to take a pot, a good pot. Still, it is desirable that clay, which breathes well, allows excess moisture to pass through. In the same way, such a pot can even take moisture from the air. We fill it to a height of about 3-5cm with drainage material. Like this.

We fill the pot to a height of 3-5 cm with drainage material

Then I will spread the soil that I prepared in advance. It consists of garden soil. Look - the usual garden soil from the garden. Then I went into the forest and brought the coniferous litter and the soil, which is under the coniferous litter, about 5-7 cm in thickness. Here it is so beige-gray. Needles, cones, twigs. And river sand. Here is such loose good river sand. In the same proportions, I mixed, got the substrate.

Garden soil Coniferous litter River sand

Still, he added a little humus. And I’ll pour this mixture into a pot and tamp a little. So, pour this mixture almost to the edge, ram it.

In order to root better, to root faster, I will take and process it in a growth and root stimulator. I like to use these stimulants if the filler is coal.

We process the cuttings in a stimulator of growth and root formation

If this stimulant sticks poorly to the tip of our cuttings. Look, drop it like that. So, that way. Well, a little bit. You can in a little water, dip the tip in a little water, dip in a stimulant, and then there will be more preparation. Here.

Make a small hole. About 3-4cm somewhere. This is how we insert the handle, into the corner a little bit, obliquely, on the side. Like this. Degrees 60-70.

Insert the stalk into the substrate obliquely

Compress tightly and, of course, water. Water carefully. No need to fill. Again, if suddenly once you poured soil, the soil becomes very heavy, dense, then in this case just take a pack of newspapers, put them somewhere, on the floor, for example, put a pot and newspapers will draw excess moisture from your pot. In this way, you can get rid of excess moisture.

Press the stalk tightly and gently water it

So that our leaves do not dry out, you can cover our planting with either a plastic bag or some kind of plastic caps, but so that the leaves do not touch each other, so that you do not jam them there, and so that the leaves do not touch the surface of this plastic container which you cover.

So that the leaves do not dry, we cover our planting

If you plant in a row, a lot, then you will adapt yourself there, you will understand how to cover it all the same, in order to maintain good air humidity.

Dear ones, do not be afraid, do not throw away such chic branches of your hydrangeas, but get dozens of new wonderful plants from them.

Nikolai Fursov. PhD in Agricultural Sciences