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Use Rooting Hormone to Grow New Hardwood Plants

with Amanda Switzer

This video demonstrates how to use rooting hormone on hardwood cuttings to grow new hardwood plants from mere cuttings off of an old hardwood plant.

Transcript: Use Rooting Hormone to Grow New Hardwood Plants

I'm Amanda Switzer for About.com Home.

Use Rooting Hormone to Grow New Hardwood Plants


You don't always have to go to the nursery to buy plants. You can do what the nursery men do, grow your own. If you have a shrub that you absolutely love and you want more of them, you can take cuttings, encourage them to grow roots, and then transplant them back into your landscape. It's a fairly simple process, but what you'll have to do is have time in order for them to grow.

When to Use Rooting Hormone


In your area, make sure you've had at least two frosts before you begin. The obvious indication of this is when the leaves have fallen off the shrubs.

Which Hardwoods Accept Rooting Hormone


There are so many varieties of hardwoods to choose from. There's Lilacs, there's Russian Olives, there's Wood Gilias, there's hydrangeas... But in the end, it's a fairly easy process, and what you need is a few basic tools to start.

We're going set-up our work-station before we start collecting our canes, and we just need a few basic things.
First, we're going to need:
  1. A table that's at a decent height (so we don't hurt our backs while we're working)
  2. A container to hold the soil and the cuttings
  3. A hose (because we always need to water the soil while we're working)
  4. Rooting hormone (either powder or liquid)
I've chosen powder because it's very simple, all I need to do is open the lid, put the cuttings in, and then put it in the soil. We're going to need:
  1. A very sharp and sterile razor (to use when making our proper cuts on our cuttings)
  2. Soil (I've purchased soil that was sterilized)
  3. Some Perlite (that'll add more aeration to it)
  4. Pruners (so we can go out and take our cuttings)

And that's exactly what we're going to do right now.

Use Rooting Hormone to Grow New Hardwood Plants


I've decided to take cuttings from a Hydrangea Paniculata Grandiflora, otherwise known as a "Pee Gee" Hydrangea. What I'm going to do now is take a cutting from my first cane here. I've cut just directly below the bud and then I've left three quarters of the stem above the bud. This way it'll protect my bud from damage and it'll also help me identify the bottom from the top of the cutting.

So now we're going to go back to our work station and put rooting hormone on our cuttings and put them in our container.

Now that I've collected all my cuttings, it's time to cut them properly, and add the rooting hormone, and then plant them. So what I've done is take my sharp, sterile razor and I've cut the bottom and the top, so I have a very clean, diagonal cut. Again, you don't want to have any moisture build-up to create any bacteria or decay.

Now, I'll just simply stick it in the rooting hormone... about an inch... and then stick it right in the soil. So in the end, I will have a little forest of cuttings... in rows... that will be ready to go into the ground for the season.

In October or November, I'm going to take my cuttings out (and they should have nice, healthy roots in the bottom) and then put them in their permanent homes.

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