How to Grow Hydrangea from Cuttings

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How to Grow Hydrangea from Cuttings

How to Grow Hydrangea from Cuttings
How to Grow Hydrangea from Cuttings

Hydrangeas are flowering deciduous plants that can range in size from small bushes to larger tree-like varieties. If you want to grow your own hydrangea plants, you can produce new specimens by growing hydrangeas from cuttings.




Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants due to their large, showy blooms and lush foliage. They can be propagated through several methods, such as rooting stem cuttings or dividing the root ball.

Propagating hydrangeas allows for the creation of new plants without having to purchase them, and can also be a fun and rewarding gardening project.

Additionally, propagating hydrangeas allows for the preservation of a specific cultivar or variety that may not be readily available for purchase.

Side Note:

If you can’t find any Hydrangea bushes, buy amazing heirloom seeds and grow your first bush or two, then use them to start your cuttings in a few years. I reccomend these seeds as I started with these too.


Royal Blue




Different varieties of Hydrangeas

There are many different varieties of hydrangeas, each with their own unique characteristics and growing requirements. Here are some of the most popular hydrangea varieties:

Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla): This is the most common type of hydrangea, with large, round blooms that come in shades of pink, blue, or purple. Some varieties of bigleaf hydrangea also have variegated leaves.

Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia): This hydrangea gets its name from its leaves, which are shaped like oak leaves. It has large, white flower clusters that turn pinkish-brown as they age.

Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata): This hydrangea has cone-shaped flower clusters that start out white and turn pink or red as they age. It is very hardy and can tolerate colder temperatures than some other hydrangea varieties.

Smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens): This hydrangea has round, white flower clusters and is very tolerant of heat and drought. It is also easy to care for and can be pruned back to the ground in the winter.

Mountain hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata): This hydrangea is similar to the bigleaf hydrangea but is smaller and more compact. It has smaller, lacecap-style blooms that come in shades of pink, blue, or purple.

Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris): This hydrangea is a vine that can climb up walls, fences, or trees. It has white, lacecap-style blooms and is very hardy.

Endless Summer hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’): This is a newer variety of bigleaf hydrangea that blooms on both old and new wood, which means it can produce flowers throughout the summer. It comes in shades of pink, blue, or purple.

You can get hydrangeas in all colors and varieties so if you see any you like, give the owner a call or knock on the door and ask if you can take a cutting. (if you don’t ask, you don’t get)

I have acquired so many colors my garden looks amazing, hydrangeas also smell amazing too, especially after a rainstorm, there is no better smell on God’s earth.

Oh, the bees love them too. I have ever seen so many bees and butterflies in my garden.

See other ways to propagate hydrangeas here

How to Grow Hydrangea from Cuttings

Growing hydrangeas from cuttings can be a great way to propagate your favorite varieties without having to purchase new plants. Here are the steps to follow:


A healthy hydrangea plant

A sharp, clean pair of pruning shears

Rooting hormone powder

Potting soil

A container or pot

Plastic bag or plastic wrap


Choose a healthy hydrangea plant that you want to propagate. Make sure it’s a mature plant and not a young plant.

Take a cutting from the hydrangea plant. Cut a stem that is about 5-6 inches long and has at least 2-3 pairs of leaves. Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle with sharp, clean pruning shears.

Remove the lower set of leaves from the cutting, leaving only the top two or three pairs.

Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder. This will help the cutting develop roots.

Fill a container with potting soil and make a hole in the center with a pencil or your finger. Insert the cutting into the hole, making sure that the remaining leaves are above the soil level.

Water the soil until it’s moist but not saturated. Cover the container with a plastic bag or plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect that will help the cutting retain moisture.

Place the container in a warm, bright location but not in direct sunlight. You can also use a grow light to provide additional light.

Check the cutting regularly to make sure the soil is moist and to look for signs of new growth. If you see new growth, it means the cutting has rooted.

After about 6-8 weeks, gently tug on the cutting to see if it has rooted. If you feel resistance, it means the roots have formed and it’s time to remove the plastic covering.

Once the cutting has rooted, you can transplant it to a larger pot or into the garden. Water it regularly and keep it in a bright but not overly sunny location until it becomes established.

Video showing you how to propagate Hydrangea

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