Hydrangea Primer

Hydrangea Primer

Below is a bullet list of the tips and suggestions we offer while chatting with you in the Hydrangea section:

  • Yes, Late Summer/Fall is a fine time to plant hydrangeas. BUT you must be committed to watering them well for about 3-4 weeks or more to help establish a root base. Do not plant now (wait to Spring) if you can not do this.
  • The word Hydrate is (somewhat) in the name. They take a lot of water when first planted and also during periods of drought in years to come. To water each plant, lay the hose at the base of each plant and let the water run freely for 5 or more minutes.
  • Hydrangeas anchor a flower bed or can be a focal point. Consider planting them in odd numbers.
  • Hydrangeas bloom usually from mid-July to late Fall.
  • The hydrangeas we sell all benefit from a cut down in late Fall or early Spring (after Hallowe’en or before Easter). If you cut them to your knees (average height person for example), they will grow and bloom at the height of your chest. If you never cut them down they will grow to 6-8 feet tall.
  • Hydrangeas will cone shaped blooms (Panicle Hydrangeas: Limelight (pictured), Pinky Winky, Quickfire, Firelight, Phantom…) are very hardy in our area and should bloom profusely in your gardens that have at least 6 hours of sun.
  • If you have less sun, your choices are limited to Annabelle/Snowball Hydrangea (although do consider the improved version of this plant, stockier and less likely to flop over), called Incrediball) and round headed varieties of the Arborescens family. These plants also benefit from a cut back each late Fall or early Spring.
  • Avoid the Macrophylla Hydrangeas (round headed with blue, pink, lavender-like blooms) that are mainly sold in box stores. These varieties set bud in the Fall, for the next Spring, and we are so cold in our zone that the buds burn off leaving a very pretty, very green plant the following year.
  • Good soil added to yearly (compost or Triple Mix) helps keep your plants healthy.

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