the day we moved into our house (nearly) 2 years ago i fell in love with our garden. it was romantically overgrown, green, fresh, with the promise of flowers. about our year into our house, we did a massive clean up of weeds and problem plants (e.g. the rubber tree!) … which practically demolished my romantic garden … why are weeds so pretty?
since then, i have been caring for, nurturing, loving the last plants standing … and i’m in the mood for planting! I am a total rookie at planning a garden (let alone a home!) but I have started to go Pinterest crazy, chatting & enlisting my friend who has incredible talent in the garden landscape arena, and even taking a sneaky bit of advice from good ‘ol Burke (man, it brings back memories….).
i love hydrangea’s, and i love the idea of propagating … so at the beginning of summer i took a few hydrangea clippings from around our neighbourhood & under the guidance of Mark’s grandma have begun to grow my own plants! Yippeeeee!
If this is something that you’re keen to try, here’s how I got started…
//What you need//
1 x propagating pot mix;
1 x rooting hormone gel;
A few pots (plastic or ceramic);
elastic bands; and
a few plant clippings.
For the hydrangea, it is important that your clipping is a part of the plant that is not flowering. You must also cut it on an angle.
Remove any excess leaves, leaving only a few at the top. Follow the instructions in the rooting hormone gel. You usually need to dip the stem around 1 cm deep.
Then plant in the propagating pot mix and water well. I then created a few little greenhouses by securing a plastic bag over the new plant with an elastic band. I found this protected the plant and provided constant moisture for the new plant without watering each day. I have kept my new little plants under my table on my deck for the entire summer (which is hot down here!).
I’ll let you know how my experiment has gone in the next week or so!