Re: Snowball Bush

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Posted by benita on April 21, 2003 at 17:50:03:

In Reply to: Snowball Bush posted by Mary on April 16, 2003 at 12:02:17:

: I have been trying for several years to propogate a
: snowball bush. My grandmother said to take one of the
: snowballs (still on the bush (lower branches) and plant
: it in a bucket of soil and it will root.
: No such luck.
: Anyone have any other ideas?
: This snowball bush is the old type. My grandmother had
: one like it in her yard 50 years ago. They are hard to
: find nowadays.
: The snowball bush is flowering, so will have to do it
: soon.
: Thanks

I used this method and got some baby annabelle hydrangeas. Maybe it will work for your snowball better than cutting off a flower bud and sticking it in the dirt.

Make a small nick in the underside of one of your lower branches. Place a large stone on the branch so that the "nicked" branch is on the ground. Cover the branch with some compost and soil and leave it alone. Next spring, you should see that your branch has set roots and you will have a new baby snowball that you can cut loose from the "mama" and plant in its new spot. Good luck!
Chicago, Zone 5

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