It would happen to me.
So I've been hesitant to satisfy this craving until I saw a gorgeous hydrangea bush at the end of my street on a very vacant property. So I did the unthinkable. I made Country Bloke stop the car, grabbed the knife we keep in the car for emergencies and hacked off a couple of branches, some with flowers and some without. It must've been a helluva sight seeing me emerge from the bushes, welding a knife in one hand and holding a bunch of hydrangea cuttings with the other (like it would feed my family or something), sweaty and victorious that I managed to hack a few branches from the bush.
I know, so naughty.
So I take my bounty home only to realize I. Know. Nothing. About. Rooting. Hydrangeas!
Gotta tell you, I love the internet. And YouTube. But I still don't really get it. It all seems so complicated sometimes. Just google it and read a few articles. It's ridiculous! First of all, who has that kind of time and, secondly, I shouldn't need my own GARDNER to root a freakin' flower bush?! I wish the non-experts would get on there and just tell people a no effort way of rooting hydrangeas.
|My work-in-progress living room with hydrangea cuttings behind the picture.|
Fast forward about two weeks later, the hydrangea branches that had the flowers are dead, dead, dead but, strangely, the ones without the flowers, having only leaves, seem to be clinging to life despite my attempts to starve it of water.
|New leaves at the top.|
This encourages me to pull it out of the brass pitcher and actually look at the stems. Low and behold, we have roots! Holy cow!!
|Hello Little Roots! Glad you you are here!!|
|Different angle of the roots.|
I am so excited because I actually got the hydrangea to root and it did not require a lot of time and care. I barely watered the dang thing! Woo hoo!! In your face Martha You-Know-Who! I did it without my own private gardener and all those fancy rooting minerals! (-;
So I still have it in the jar. We did attempt to kill off my successful rooting by adding in a bunch of other hydrangea cuttings and no water but I think I caught it in time.
I'm now nursing it back to health and I'm hoping to plant it in front of my big ole, ugly utility box that is smack-dab in the middle of my front yard.
1. Find a woody stem that has a green stem growing from it WITH NO FLOWERS!! (That part is very important.)
2. Cut about 2 inches below where the green stem meets the brown stem.
3. Take it home and cut another inch off the bottom in a diagonal cut under cool water. You want to have about an inch from the green stem to the bottom of the cutting. (See picture below.)
4. Put it in a glass jar and fill it with as much water as you can.
5. Place it in another vase or pitcher that will protect it from direct sunlight but leave it in a sunny room. I'm pretty convinced that I tricked it into thinking it was underground which is why the roots started.
|See how the green shoot is coming out of the woody stem? I think that is key with no fuss rooting.|
7. Check on it a week later, maybe change the water. You be the judge.
8. When you see little roots appear, give it a day of sunshine, cheer it on and be proud of yourself that you are capable of making something grow!
|Grow little buddy!! Don't mind the split rail fencing in the background.|