HYDRANGEA CARE TIPS FOR AN ABUNDANCE OF BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS
Growing Hydrangeas in your garden ensures abundant colour all summer
long! Here are some tips on Hydrangea care and maintenance that will
make them thrive.
Hydrangea shrubs have long been represented in many gardens, with a wide variety of flowers. And for good reasons they have been popular for a long time. However, new gardeners might find
that Hortensias require a little more than taking a plant out of the pot and throwing it in the ground.
Whether you have an upright bush or one
of the climbing hydrangea plants, the location of your plant and the
soil will make all the difference between a thriving plant and a
The first step in growing hydrangeas is to find a plant that is
appropriate for your growing zone. There are many different varieties to
including lace caps, mop heads and climbing hydrangea plants. Before
purchasing any plant, read up on the best growing zone and conditions to
put it in
the best spot in the yard.
Our favorites are the mop head and lacecaps. They grow really well in our coastal garden in Ireland and tolerate the sea winds. They also thrive in our cool summers and can be planted in full sun here. If you have hot summers don't plant them in a spot with baking heat. They will droop and suffer. Choose a spot in semi-shade instead.
The most advisable way for Hortensias is to find a location
where your plant can grow to its full size without pruning. This will
on the variety you choose, but standard plants mature at about four feet
tall and wide.
The Best And Most Beautiful Hydrangea Varieties
There is such a wide range of different hydrangeas, how do you know
which ones to pick? Growing hydrangeas works best with the right plant
for your garden.
There are oak leaf hydrangea and mop head hydrangea, which are very
hardy plants. Some seem to be more temperamental, and gardeners get
frustrated when the flowers
don't bloom in the desired color. If this is an issue with your flowers, try
adjusting the pH levels in the soil. The blooms will be pink in a alkaline soil,
but as it gets more acidic, the blooms turn more blue.
Climbing hydrangeas are a great option for shaded areas. Some of these
varieties grow up to 50 feet long, and many thrive in conditions that
to a traditional plant. If you are trying to get a lot of coverage, shop
for one of these climbing hydrangeas.
If your experience hasn't been perfect, don't give up. Growing
hydrangeas can be a rewarding hobby. There is nothing quite as beautiful
pinkish-blue clusters of flowers that hold their shape for weeks.
Hydrangeas require a well drained soil to thrive. If your dirt isn't
premium, add humus or other compost to the soil to optimize growth.
When planting hydrangeas, make sure that you don't plant deeper than the
root ball. The plant should be even with the dirt from the pot.
Hydrangeas do need to be fertilized, but most of these plants can get a
pretty laid back approach to the process. Once or twice during the
months usually yields good results. Gardeners use a variety of methods
with good results. Well rotted manure or
compost and other organic fertilizers are best.
The best time to plant or transplant a hydrangea is when the plant is
dormant. This will allow time for the plant to establish a strong root
before being required to feed new growth, making a healthier, stronger
plant with better blooms.
When picking the location, remember that most of these plants prefer
morning sun - at least six hours of sunlight for maximum bloom time.
hydrangeas may grow in shade, there won't be the showy blooms that are
associated with these bushes. If your hydrangea isn't blooming, try
to a sunnier location.
Pruning Hydrangea Shrubs
Growing hydrangeas will require some strategic pruning. Depending on
what type you have, you will either remove old wood, or completely
cutting them back.
The best time to prune is when they are finished blooming - never prune a
plant that is about to bloom.
How To Prune Hydrangeas
No matter what type of plant you have, every year old wood should be
removed. Since flowers are developed on new growth, cutting back the
older wood will
encourage new growth. The plants that respond best to the first method
of simply cutting back the old wood are the lace-cap, mop-head and oak
(these usually bloom pink or white).
Varieties such as Pee-Gee hydrangea or Annabelle hydrangea (usually
white blooms) can handle much more aggressive pruning. Some growers will
all the way back to the ground, and they grow back with renewed vigor.
Plants that are older than five years may need to be pruned to
invigorate growth again. Pruning at the wrong time may stunt the flowers
for the following
summer, as the seed pods may get destroyed. There are some plants, such
as Unending Summer, that seem to tolerate pruning better than others.