Last Fall, my grandmother gave me some cuttings from a hydrangea shrub. She advised me to make a fresh cut, dip the end in water, dip in rooting hormone, and stick in the ground. This seemingly too-simple-sounding method of propagation worked well for her last year. I planted about eight cuttings around the yard with guarded enthusiasm. It’s too early to see if these little cuttings will wake up and turn into new plants, but I have reserved some optimism.

This weekend I was out pruning the fruit trees and shrubs when the idea struck me that perhaps I could try the same method with blueberries. On a whim, with out doing any real research (not typically my style), I decided to try my luck with some stems that had been pruned off.

The stems I cut were about the thickness of a pencil and were new growth from last season. If I notice buds forming, I am planning to remove those so the cuttings can focus instead of root development. The small jar of rooting hormone, which should last me until 2020, was only about $4 bucks. So if this little whimsical experiment (that’s for you Molly) doesn’t work out, I’m really not out a whole lot.

My little plan is to wait until May to determine if life is about. If not, I had planend to buy some small blueberries to tuck into our little food forest anyway. But if this happened to be a lucky weekend for me, I may have just found a frugal gardener’s dream come true: more of my favorite plants without having to pay a cent!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson