How To Propagate Hydrangea

How to Propagate Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are beautiful ornamental plants that can add a lot of color and beauty to your garden. They are also relatively easy to propagate, which means you can easily propagate them to create more plants for your garden. Here’s how to propagate hydrangea:

Propagation by Cuttings

The easiest and most common way to propagate hydrangea is by taking cuttings from an existing plant. Here’s how:

  1. Select a healthy stem from the parent plant that is about 6 inches long and has at least 2-3 leaves.
  2. Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle just below a node (where the leaf meets the stem).
  3. Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only the top 2-3 leaves.
  4. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder.
  5. Plant the cutting in potting soil or a mixture of peat moss and perlite.
  6. Water the cutting and cover it with a plastic bag or a plastic container to create a mini greenhouse.
  7. Keep the cutting in a warm and bright area, but out of direct sunlight.
  8. After a few weeks, you should notice roots forming. Once the roots are about an inch long, you can transplant the cutting to a larger container or into the ground.

Propagation by Layering

Another way to propagate hydrangea is by layering. This method involves bending a branch of the parent plant down to the ground and burying a portion of it in the soil. Here’s how:

  1. Select a healthy branch that is flexible and can be bent down to the ground.
  2. Remove the leaves from the portion of the branch that will be buried in the soil.
  3. Bury the portion of the branch in the soil and anchor it in place with a small stake.
  4. Keep the soil moist and wait for roots to form on the buried portion of the branch.
  5. Once roots have formed, cut the branch from the parent plant and transplant it to a larger container or into the ground.


What is the best time to propagate hydrangea?

The best time to propagate hydrangea is in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.

Do I need to use rooting hormone when propagating hydrangea?

Using rooting hormone can increase the chances of success when propagating hydrangea, but it’s not necessary.

How long does it take for hydrangea cuttings to root?

It can take several weeks for hydrangea cuttings to root, depending on the conditions.

Can I propagate hydrangea from a leaf cutting?

No, hydrangea cannot be propagated from leaf cuttings. You need a stem cutting with at least one node.

Can I propagate hydrangea in water?

While it’s possible to propagate hydrangea in water, it’s not recommended as the plant may struggle to transition from water to soil.


Propagating hydrangea is an easy and rewarding way to create more plants for your garden. Whether you choose to propagate by cuttings or layering, follow these steps for success. Don’t forget to keep the soil moist and give your new plants plenty of light and warmth.