Majestic, luxurious hydrangeas delight with their beauty. Lush shrubs with huge flowering caps look simply amazing, but sometimes the composition is conceived in such a way that many plants are required, so the issue of breeding a variety can be quite acute. In this article, we will talk about how to propagate hydrangeas so that there is more blooming luxury in your garden.

Reproduction of hydrangea seeds

Hydrangea, like any other plant, can be propagated by seeds, but this process is laborious and long. Fans with sufficient patience can grow plants of amazing beauty from seeds, which, along with high decorativeness, will have increased resistance to certain growing conditions.

Before sowing, hydrangea seeds should be disinfected in a pink solution of potassium permanganate. The second operation for seed preparation is soaking in water or a solution of biological products that increase germination.

Sowing seeds is carried out in two ways:

  • Seedless — sowing is carried out directly in open ground, usually this operation is usually scheduled for May. For planting, choose a site with fertile light soil based on peat. The beds should not be in the open sun. Prepared seeds are sown in shallow furrows, well watered. Timely watering is the main key to the success of growing hydrangea seedlings from seeds in open ground.
  • Seedling — this method requires patience and the availability of free space, as the seedlings grow, they pick it up to 5 times. The process of growing seedlings stretches up to 2 years. Plants are planted in open ground in the spring of the third year, the seedling height approaches 30 cm.

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Hydrangea: reproduction by dividing the bush

The hydrangea propagation method by dividing the bush can be used in spring and autumn, but the best results can be obtained when the operation is performed in early spring. It is very important to start dividing the plants before the buds swell and the intensive sap flow begins.

By dividing the bush, you can propagate all kinds of hydrangeas using the general algorithm of work:

  • Water the plants generously.
  • Carefully dig the bush out of the ground.
  • Shake off the soil from the roots, if necessary, rinse the root system.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the bush into several parts, each of which should have a lobe of roots and ground shoots.
  • Treat the cut with charcoal or brilliant green.
  • Plant delenki in a new place, conduct the first watering after planting.

During the spring-summer period, the plants adapt perfectly, take root in a new place and give new growths. The established bushes will overwinter well.

Hydrangea cuttings

Propagation of hydrangeas by cuttings is best timed to coincide with mid-July, it is at this time that the source material is gaining the necessary vitality, which will make it possible to do without losses during cuttings.

Important!  Lignified cuttings are not suitable for cuttings.

Choose strong cuttings with a green stem that is not yet covered with bark. Cut the tops of the shoots with a sharp knife from the side branches.

Each cutting should have 2-3 pairs of leaves, the lower ones are removed, the rest are shortened by ½. The lower cut of the cutting is performed under the internode with a bevel of 45 degrees. The top cut is straight.

Important!  Do not leave on the cuttings tied buds. In this case, the plant will direct all its forces to flowering, and not to the formation of strong roots.

For better root formation, it is very important to pre-dust the lower ends of the cuttings with Kornevin or soak them in Epin.

Planting of prepared cuttings is carried out in a nutrient substrate with a light structure, a mixture of peat and coarse sand mixed in a ratio of 2: 1 is ideal. You can add finely chopped sphagnum to the substrate.

The soil is watered, hydrangea cuttings are planted and watered. Germination is carried out in the shade, you can place a container with cuttings in a greenhouse.

Reproduction of hydrangea by layering

Each type of hydrangea can be propagated by layering and offspring. Getting layers is not difficult, the operation is carried out in the fall. A shallow groove is dug next to a bush with low-growing shoots. The shoot is laid horizontally in a groove, attached to the ground with special studs, after which it is covered with earth and watered. After wintering, the shoots that have formed roots are separated and transplanted to a permanent place.

Shoots can be separated in spring and autumn, carefully cutting off offspring with roots from the mother plant. For about a year, young plants grow in a common garden bed, after which the mature plants are planted in a permanent place in the garden.

A little skill and the ability to perform the simplest work on dividing bush plants guarantees the successful production of young hydrangea bushes for decorating garden compositions. Self-propagation of amazing ornamental plants has an important advantage — hydrangeas adapt better to the environment, remain in familiar climatic conditions, get sick less and bloom sooner.

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