This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
My eye has just met the note of Mr. Abbott in your June number, page 166, on propagating Hydrangea paniculata. My original plant was obtained in this way : A friend commended the plant to me some years ago as desirable, and gave me some branches from which to make cuttings, which I could try; he did not know they would grow.
I made thirty odd cuttings, planted them, and only one grew, the one named above. I have had better luck, and worse, since then, but to say they will grow as readily as a willow, is putting it too strong; neither will it be generally, that "they will root as readily as a willow," for I think it safe to say 90 to 100 per cent, of the latter will grow under any ordinary conditions, while from one to ten per cent, of the former I should consider a fair average under the same conditions.
I think Mr. Abbott happened to take his stakes just at the right time and attended them with favorable surroundings, and we may have as good success when we learn what those favorable conditions are. What is the experience of others in this matte?