Sunday, June 16, 2019

Limelight Hydrangea Cutting Rooted in Water

It took a while but my Limelight Hydrangea experiment is working. A while back I showed you a cutting from my "Mother" Limelight that I pushed into the ground when I pruned her in the fall several years ago and the cutting rooted itself and is now a baby shrub. I took a cutting from the baby and put it in water at my kitchen sink and I got my first little roots this week. Plant propagating is another form of thrift and you know how much I love getting something for nothing. It takes patience and luckily I have plenty of that. I need to plant the two containers of lavender in the background that are full of roots.

My grandmother and grandfather purchased their retirement home in Greenville, SC and rented it out for years and years and years before they could actually live there. My grandmother rooted all of her boxwood at her sister's house nearby and they were mature when she transplanted them in their final resting place. I guess she was the one who gave me lessons in patience. She love African violets too and actually bred them on her window sills. 

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there. Enjoy your celebrations. xo

9 comments:

lisa said...

Rosemary, do you dip your cuttings in root hormone first?

Content in a Cottage said...

Lisa -- No. I have never used any type of rooting hormone. My roots are all natural.
xo, Rosemary

Shelli K said...

Be careful many plants today, including lime lights are patented and it is illegal to propagate them

Content in a Cottage said...

Shelli K -- Oh No. Really? I have never heard of not being able to root a cutting for your own pleasure. But thinking back, this must be like farmers not being able to save their seeds any more because the varieties are patented and they must buy them from the developer. I guess the plant police will be knocking on my door any day now to see what's going on behind my kitchen sink. I find this a little upsetting too.
xo, Rosemary

Betty said...

Kinda crazy if we can't root a cutting in our own kitchen!
I'll continue on until they come for me! Ha! Ha!

Content in a Cottage said...

Betty -- Maybe we can be cell mates in Rooters' Prison.
xo, Rosemary

Betty said...

Ha! I'll bail you out of jail, Rosemary.

Content in a Cottage said...

Betty -- This rooting thing is getting so hilarious. I hope I won't be needing your kind offer anytime soon!
xo, Rosemary

Betty said...

Me too! Let's keep rooting and hope for the best. Partners in crime til the end!