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.
A. H. Abbott, Little Blue, Farmington, Maine, says: "Last spring I cut off two twigs from Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora and stuck them into the ground for plant stakes. To my surprise they began to grow, and even flowered. On examining them in the autumn I found them well rooted. In next number of the Gardener's Monthly please mention the fact, and state whether it is generally known that this plant will root as readily as the willow".
[It is not generally known that this plant can be propagated in this way, and the information is valuable. - Ed. G. M].
In the propagation of Hydrangea paniculata my experience agrees with that of Mr. Abbott, in your June number, although I never used the branches of the plant for stakes. I have several large plants, and frequently have found that the branches touching moist ground will root. These I have cut in June and Jul}', and in this way I have all the young plants I could desire for myself and friends.
H. paniculata and H. otaksa have always seemed to me extremely profitable plants to the florist, being, in my judgment, so easy of propagation; the price of my original small plants, which came to me by mail, was fifty cents each.
Let any one take cuttings of otaksa or pani-culata in June and July; insert them in sand under glass, at the same time keeping them moderately moist, and I am sure he cannot fail to have all the young plants he may desire.