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Hydrangea Propagation by Ground Layering

By: Tricia Craven Worley

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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  • Virginia Says:
    May 12th, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    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 .

  • Debbie Says:
    February 20th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    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!

  • Gayani Says:
    July 21st, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Thank you very much. Ground layer is very easy. Now l know how to ground layer. THANK YOU.

  • Kimberly Brandt Says:
    June 1st, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    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.

  • Donna Gillis Says:
    February 25th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I was thrilled to see your article, as I have been trying to grow hydrangeas for some time now without much luck.

  • Cecily Trevillion Says:
    November 9th, 2008 at 1:57 am

    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

  • Dawn Says:
    September 17th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    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.


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Hydrangea Propagation by Ground Layering