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How to make your hydrangea bloom

How to make your hydrangea bloom

Image by DrScythe from Pixabay Have you ever looked at a hydrangea plant with its full blooms in the summer? If you have you know that they are among some of the most beautiful plants that you can have in your garden. Of course, they don’t just belong in the yard. They make beautiful floral displays inside the home. Because they stand out so well it is easy to notice when the blooms or anything other than ideal. Having a…

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Pee Gee Hydrangea Pruning

Pee Gee Hydrangea Pruning

If you have a pee gee hydrangea, also known as a tree hydrangea, you might be preparing to prune it. These are beautiful hydrangeas and unique insofar as they are the only variety that you can really shape into that of a tree. But these trees might get over 4ft tall and start spreading multiple branches that come out all over the top in which case it’s time for you to get out those pruners and start shaping. How to…

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Hydrangea growing conditions – A Simple Guide to giving them the best start

Hydrangea growing conditions – A Simple Guide to giving them the best start

What growing conditions do hydrangeas need? They are fairly simple requirements. Hydrangeas are very old-fashioned flowers in terms of the charm they provide to any garden. This shrub offers beautiful flowers and is tolerant of almost any soil. The range of colors you have access to is vast. They are excellent options for a range of garden sites whether you want to plant them as a shrub in pots or as a hedge. Planting hydrangeas Hydrangeas thrive in rich and…

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Best plant food for hydrangeas

Best plant food for hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are very easy to care for but they grow best if you feed them once or twice in the summer. What to feed hydrangeas Chemical fertilizers or something organic can be used to feed your hydrangeas. Organic methods of applying compost around the roots give really good results but you can also add organic matter to the soil with a quick shot of chemical fertilizer if you want to maximize these results. If you are using chemical fertilizers it’s…

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Hydrangeas spring care

Hydrangeas spring care

Hydrangeas are early risers, beginning their transition to beautiful blooms and foliage come springtime. So spring is the perfect time to tend to their overall health. What to do with hydrangeas in Spring Looking after hydrangeas in Spring is easy with a little feed, sun, and water. Springtime buffet In spring you can start to add fertilizer to your hydrangeas to give it the nutrients it needs for new growth. Sprinkle a 10-10-10 blend on top of the soil and…

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When to use ericaceous compost for hydrangeas

When to use ericaceous compost for hydrangeas

Ericaceous compost is a type of compost that’s perfect for cultivating acid-loving plants but with the large mophead hydrangeas, you use ericaceous compost to make the flowers bloom blue. There are some plants that prefer acidic compost and hydrangeas are one of them. There are times when you should use ericaceous compost for your hydrangeas and if you do you can choose to make your own or purchase it but if you have space it’s recommended that you make it…

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What time of year do you plant hydrangeas

What time of year do you plant hydrangeas

When to plant hydrangeas You can, theoretically, plant hydrangeas at any time but the time of year they are planted will dictate when you first see blooms. For example: if you plant hydrangeas in the early spring, you could still get blooms the same year so long as the blooms grow on new growth. If instead, you plant in the fall, your plant will still survive and thrive but you won’t get any blooms until the following season depending on…

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Pruning hydrangeas in Spring

Pruning hydrangeas in Spring

It can get a bit confusing figuring out how to prune your hydrangea simply because the methods you use and the timing of it depend on the variety. The most common type of hydrangea is the mophead hydrangea variety as well as the Oakleaf variety. If you are pruning either a big leaf or an oak leaf variety you want to do it after the flowers have faded in the summer. The reason for this is that these varieties will…

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How tall and wide do hydrangeas grow

How tall and wide do hydrangeas grow

Hydrangeas are easily recognizable for the large clusters of brightly colored flowers. There are many different species all of which have the same beautiful foliage and flowers. How fast do hydrangeas grow The rate at which hydrangeas grow is contingent upon the type and how well they are cared for. If you care for your hydrangeas as you should, and you don’t prune them unnecessarily they will grow regularly. Most varieties will produce blooms year after year without you having…

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Do I cut back hydrangeas after frost

Do I cut back hydrangeas after frost

Hydrangeas are an eager shrub. They start to push out new growth once warmer temperatures are felt, but then when the weather drops again, it can cause serious damage to that fresh growth. This is especially risky for bigleaf hydrangeas. That said, it is important to take care to protect your hydrangeas when unexpected frost happens. Typically, with bigleaf and oakleaf hydrangeas you would prune the plants each year immediately after flowering in the summer. The reason for this is…

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