I have waxed lyrical here about my beloved hydropod gadget. Aside from the time when it became infested with some fungal or other kind of rot (everything died, seems it needs a clean mid-season), it has been extremely reliable in the rooting department. To date, my use has been limited to various flavours of softwood cuttings. The manufacturer, however, implies that it can also be used for hardwood cuttings, those slow-going plodders of the propagation world, several months being normal before roots are established. I’m keen to see if this works, but am sceptical. We are going to have a root-off! I have set up two lots of cuttings. Half have gone in the hydropod, half have gone in a pot of gritty compost.

I am using cuttings of two plants in this trial.

Rose ‘Rosy Mantle’


Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’

I’m curious to know if the cuttings in the hydropod will root at all, but also if they will root faster.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back with an update in a few months, or sooner if something interesting happens.