These hydrangea cuttings should form roots in less than six weeks.
I have propagated thousands of new shrubs from softwood cuttings. That may sound like a lot, but since I'm a propagator at a nursery, it's all in a day's work. To successfully propagate such a large number of shrubs requires specially designed hoop houses and state-of-the-art misting and heating systems. It's also handy to have helpers to carefully monitor the health and well-being of each cutting.
On a smaller scale, though, it is possible to propagate deciduous shrubs from cuttings taken during the summer without the all the high-tech machinery and costly gadgets I have at the nursery. By creating favorable conditions, using the right tools, which are actually quite simple, and being patient, you can achieve success with softwood cuttings at home, too.
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