Hydrangea Propagation by Ground Layering

To propagate hydrangeas by a process know as ground layering:

  • Cut a notch in one of the branches of the main plant or scrape a little bark off the underside.
  • Take the same branch, bend it over, and bury it in the ground. Make sure at least one leaf node will be underground.
  • Use a brick to hold the branch down and retain moisture.
  • When the branch forms its own roots, cut it loose and pot it like a cutting.

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  1. Thanks, Ground layering looks easy. Next would be questions about prunning, but at a latter time. Must go.

    I especially like the video.

    Thanks again.


  2. When is a good time to do ground layering? Your plant looked like it was about to flower. The video was great, really helpful, thanks, Cecily

  3. why not tell when this can be done, how long to leave the branch under the bricks then describe the next steps in planting the rooted branch.
    This article only tells a small part of the process.
    It is very disappointing.

  4. My oak leaf hydrangea probably gets more shade than it should so it looks like I might be running into a problem with fungus. Should I spray it with a fungicide and if so, can you recommend one?

    Thank you!

  5. I got a piece of my neighbors oak leaf hydrangea it had roots I planted it last yr will it bloom this year it has plenty of foliage but no buds .

  6. Hi I have a white type of sticky substance it is on the underside of the leaves it is on the leaves and the stems.
    How do I get rid of it without using harmful chemicals .

    • Hi, Lorraine,
      Some things you just have to see in person (and this is one of ’em)! We suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association for a quick visit. Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
      Thanks for your question, and good luck!


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