This afternoon I finally pruned back our very leggy hydrangea. It has a habit of growing out over the walkway, ambushing folks on the way to the front door with its wet, floppy flower heads. I think I’ve got it to a manageable point, and I’ll stake the rest back a bit.
I’ve got a gardening book here that says hydrangea cuttings will root from winter hardwood, so I thought I’d give it a try.
First, I washed out a couple of pots with a bleach solution.
Next, I filled them with a 50-50 mixture of peat moss and perlite.
Then, I trimmed the stems right below a leaf node and poked them into the rooting mixture.
Now, says my book, keep it reasonably moist, wait several months, and see what roots.
I love hydrangea blossoms, even the winter ones that look like old women’s hands with age spots and visible veins. Especially those ones.