Hydrangea Propagation (Natural Layering)

Hydrangeas are fantastic garden plants! The flowers are beautiful but even when not in bloom hydrangeas can be a well formed shrub in the garden. Yesterday while walking through the garden I found a hydrangea that had rooted itself on the ground. This is called layering. Layering is a method of plant propagation where you can encourage roots roots to form. You can encourage layering but many plants will do this naturally on their own with a low hanging branch. Below is a little information on hydrangea propagation through layering. Hydrangea Propagation through Layering To layer a hydrangea branch simply take a low hanging branch and make sure a node makes contact with the soil. Then pin it with a rock or other heavy object. In a few weeks you can come back to check it and see if roots have emerged. Once they have take the hydrangea branch and…

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Layering a Viburnum, The Results!

It's not a secret that I'm a fan of plant propagation. Who wouldn't be? You get free plants! One of the easiest ways to propagate a plant is through a technique called layering. With layering you essentially pin down a branch of a shrub or tree to the soil and encourage it to form roots. The roots usually appear at a node (the spot on the branch where leaves form). Recently I transplanted a rooted viburnum that I was able to turn into 5 additional plants just by pinning down a couple low hanging branches with rocks. Often you will see people recommend making a small wound on the branch below the node where you then apply rooting hormone. I haven't found that to be necessary but it might speed up the rooting process. Here in this video you can see the results of my layered viburnums that I did…

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Propagating a Deciduous Magnolia Through Layering

Layering is a fantastic way to make more free plants with very little risk. Propagating a plant through layering usually involves pinning down a branch to make contact with the soil so that the branch can begin forming roots.  I've used layering to propagate more difficult to root plants like oak leaf hydrangeas.  Below you will find a short video I put together on layering a deciduous magnolia ('Jane').  It took a few months for the magnolia roots to form but as you can see in the video the layering technique was very successful. The only disadvantage to rooting a plant through layering is that you are limited in the amount of material you can produce.  That's not really a problem if you are just make a plant or two for yourself or a friend. Here you can find more information on plant propagation.  

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Plant Propagation Guide

Here is a little guide on various plants that you can propagate in your home garden. I've included the types of propagation where I've been successful (seeds, Layering, Division, Cuttings, etc.).  If I can do it so can you! Propagating Perennials Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation Artemisia 'Powis Castle'Cuttings, Layering MilkweedAsclepias incarnataCuttings, Seeds CatmintNepetaCuttings, Division, Seeds ConeflowerEchinacea purpurea, E. paradoxa, E. augustifoliaCuttings, Division, Seeds HostaDivision, Seeds (may not come true from seed) Russian SagePerovskia atriplicifoliaHardwood and Softwood Cuttings Salvia Salvia nemorosaCuttings, Seeds   Propagating Shrubs and Trees Trees and shrubs can be propagated from a variety of methods.  Always get good, clean, disease free material when taking cuttings. Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation Birch (River)Betula nigraCuttings HydrangeaH. macrophylla, H. serrata Cuttings Hydrangea (Oak Leaf)Hydrangea quercifoliaCuttings, Seeds Japanese MapleAcer palmatumCuttings, Grafting, Seeds Red Twig DogwoodCornus sericea, C. alba Cuttings Viburnum 'Shasta'Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosaCuttings, Layering   Propagating Annuals Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation…

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5 Methods to Propagate Plants!

Here's a topic I'm a huge fan of: PLANT PROPAGATION!  I've talked about it repeatedly and those of you who have followed Growing The Home Garden over the years have seen some of my plant propagation experiments.  I thought for today's Friday Five post I would highlight the various common forms of plant propagation.  I highly encourage those of you who have never tried it before to give it a go.  Some plants are very easy to propagate and nothing can beat getting free plants for your garden! Five Methods to Propagate Plants Seeds!  Seeds are one of the most popular methods of plant propagation around.  Seeds are nature's way of making more plants and sustaining the species through the diversification of genes. Every time a seed is planted there is a chance that there will be some variations in the plant's traits which could make it more adaptable to…

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Layering Might Be the Easiest Way to Propagate Plants

Layering an arrowwood viburnum I really enjoy making new plants - you guessed that by now didn't you? Most of the time I prefer to make stem cuttings of various types of plants whether shrub, tree, perennial, or annual but that isn't always the easiest way. In many ways layering a plant is the simplest way to ensure a successful rooted plant with very little risk. Today while I was outside I noticed two plants that had successfully rooted through layering which started me thinking about this method of propagation. First of all what is layering? Layering is where you cover a section of a stem or branch underneath the soil and wait for the plant to make its own roots. Sometimes nicking the plant beneath a node and adding rooting hormone to the wound will speed up the process but I've never needed to do that on any layering…

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