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Common Hydrangea pests & diseases

Common Hydrangea pests & diseases

A basic guide to pests and diseases that affect Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas are well known for there large impressive showy flowers and ability to change their flower colour from pink to blue because of the soil type. Hydrangeas are generally pest and disease free but as with all plants sometimes they can be affected by diseases or pests. We have put together a list of the most common diseases and pests which you can refer to and try and identify any problems you…

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Do hydrangeas need ericaceous compost?

Do hydrangeas need ericaceous compost?

Hydrangeas can survive in many types of soils, but they need rich nutrients and moist, well-drained soil to do so. But what is all this talk of ericaceous compost? What is ericaceous soil? Ericaceous soil or compost is highly acidic, lime free. It is not something appropriate for all plants, as some plants simply cannot tolerate the acidic breakdown. Traditionally, this type of soil was mixed with peat but can be mixed with bark as well. Figuring out if your…

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Why are my hydrangea leaves turning yellow

Why are my hydrangea leaves turning yellow

Hydrangeas are incredibly popular for their blossoms because of the large pom pom shape and beautiful colors. Why all the foliage on the hydrangeas might be an understudy, the changing of colors unnecessarily can still be cause for concern especially if your hydrangea leaves are turning yellow. Yellow leaves are not only unattractive but they might be indicative of a problem severe enough that your hydrangea needs immediate help. Natural yellow color Hydrangeas typically have green leaves but in some…

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Why are my hydrangea leaves wilting and turning brown?

Why are my hydrangea leaves wilting and turning brown?

There is nothing more frustrating than to work incredibly hard cultivating new plants, caring to their every need day in and day out only to see your hydrangea leaves wilting and turning brown. Transplantation woes Problem: If you have recently transplanted your hydrangeas they might not take to their new location effectively. Some plants taken from a nursery come in a potting soil mixture that is very high in peat moss. This is a cheap filler that nurseries rely on…

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Hydrangea Leaves Curling – What’s the Problem?

Hydrangea Leaves Curling – What’s the Problem?

The deep green foliage of the hydrangea is as attractive as the bright bulbs of blooms to many gardeners. Unfortunately, there are numerous issues that plague the delicate equilibrium needed to keep the leaves of the hydrangea lustrous and healthy. Although disease and attacks by insects are common, another problem is one with a variety of explanations – leaves curling. If someone must ask themselves, “Why are my hydrangea leaves curling?” they might be surprised by some of the answers….

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Growing Hydrangeas in pots – Potted Hydrangeas

Growing Hydrangeas in pots – Potted Hydrangeas

Growing Hydrangeas in pots We get asked this question again and again so have decided to write an article about it. “Can I grow Hydrangeas in pots?” The answer to this is yes but there a few steps that need to be done to ensure you get a fantastic show of flowers and provides years of enjoyment. Firstly the answer is yes, you can plant any Hydrangea in a pot but there a few that grow better in pots due to…

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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 from any local garden centre or online. How to make compost…

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Do hydrangeas need feeding

Do hydrangeas need feeding

Feeding hydrangeas Regarded for having lush foliage and incredibly large flowerheads, hydrangeas are a common staple in most gardens but feeding hydrangeas is a question that most gardeners have. In a lot of cases, hydrangeas will grow well even if you don’t feed them. However, with some plants, such as those in pots or in poor soil, it can really make a difference. It can even help change the flower colour too. When to feed hydrangeas Hydrangea fertilizer and feeding…

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Deadheading endless summer hydrangea plants

Deadheading endless summer hydrangea plants

If you want to help your Endless Summer hydrangea to achieve better blooms and overall increased vitality, one thing you can do is deadheading. How to deadhead endless summer hydrangeas The Endless Summer hydrangea is very similar to other bigleaf hydrangeas as it needs consistently moist soil, partial shade, and while it is classified as an endless bloomer, with flowers between early summer and fall, it will respond quite well to deadheading. Deadheading is a process of removing the dead…

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Hydrangea Leaves Turning Purple

Hydrangea Leaves Turning Purple

If you have purple leaves on your hydrangea plant it could be indicative of a problem. Suddenly seeing purple on your leaves is enough to make you go into a panic, especially when that’s not a normal color. First, though, there are some varieties that produce a purple tinge and some start to turn purple into the fall. However it can also be a sign of when something is not right, especially if the leaves are usually a lush green….

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