Flowers, flowers for me are one of the most amazing things that exist on this planet. Nature in general just really surprises me most of the time. You’re walking the street may be thinking about things that you have thought about way too much, and there it is suddenly a wall of flowers, different colors, lighting up space attracting your attention instantly, and giving your eyes sweetness showing how beautiful something that’s growing from inside the soil, with deep roots, can be.
Talking about flowers makes me feel poetic. But anyway today we’re going to talk about a specific one, Hydrangeas. They are quite easy to grow and also are amazingly strong, making them immune to most pests and diseases. So they basically won’t give you any trouble. There is a chance you won’t recognize them by name but for sure you have seen them with their amazing festival of colors, which are even more amazing considering that this variety of colors happen to depend on the type of soil. Basically sorcery. So if you’re looking for colors and more beauty in your garden or you already have them, and you’re trying to get more information about hydrangea care, read on and I will give you all the information you need to know about the best way to care for hydrangeas.
First I will give you a bit more information about Hydrangeas. They are basically a super plant, as I said before they are strong plants. Their blooming time is during the spring and summer. Because of their beauty, they will be something that will really shine in your garden. And amazing enough they are very low maintenance. So, extra points for that. Having a quick growth rate, they can reach up to 4 meters and are able to expand nicely in a short amount of time.
When is the best time to plant my Hydrangea?
The best time to plant hydrangeas is in the fall, or the beginning of spring when then frostiness has already gone. Planting it in the fall will give it enough time to develop strong healthy roots before the blooming time arrives. Give preference to planting them in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoiding the hotter parts of the day to protect the plant from heat stress. In this early phase, it is important that you water them well so they can establish themselves well.
Location. Where Should I Plant It?
Now, this is an important choice to make. Choosing the right spot. The ideal is that you plant it in a place that will provide sun in the mornings but shade in the afternoon. This is because they love the sun in the morning but are not so fond of that afternoon sun. Another important piece of information for you to know is to not plant it close to a tree, because otherwise a competition for nutrients and water might start and will be bad for both.
About the Soil
One important step in the hydrangea care instructions is concerning the soil, it is possible to grow them in a variety of soils, but they do have a preference for soil that is rich and that easily drains, so no heavy soil that takes a long time to dry off, otherwise it can drown your plant, cause the roots to rot causing your beautiful plant to die an untimely death. It likes nice rich soil, so it is a great idea to add a good amount of compost to the soil before planting to make it extra nice.
Quite simple, all you need to do is dig the planting holes and make them 60 centimeters wider than the ball of the root. The depth of the hole should be proportionate with the size of the root ball, in a way that your plant will be leveled with or just a bit higher than the soil around it. If you create a bit of a mound it will facilitate the draining of the water taking it away from the plant base.
Hydrangea Maintenance. How Do You Take Care of Hydrangeas?
Even though the appearance of their flowers may give out a delicate image, they don’t require much care actually. But here are some tips for taking care of hydrangeas.
In the water department of care for hydrangeas, if you plant them during the summer they will need more water because it will be drier. Once a week you should water them deeply, more times if the weather is especially hot or dry. During the summertime in order to prevent them from wilting, the best is to give them water in the morning.
Add Some Mulch
Stepping up your hydrangea flower care you can add mulch to the soil below your hydrangeas, this will help maintain the soil moist and cool, which will make your plants happy.
You can add fertilizer to your care for hydrangeas. Each type of plant will have distinct needs and best application times. So for you to determine which one to use the optimal way is to do a soil test in order to establish the fertility needs for your hydrangeas plants care.
There are many different types of hydrangeas. So the pruning necessities might be slightly different for each. Mopheads and Lacecaps are the most usual ones. These are the ones with the big sphere-shaped flowers. The best pruning time for them is more to the end of summer. Another one that is common is the Oakleaf hydrangea, which has the winter shades of color and foliage that is shaped like oak leaves, this kind can withstand drier weather and is best to be pruned at the beginning of spring. The Pee Gee, or Panicle hydrangea, has those beautiful white flowers in the summertime, gradually turning pink after. Pruning in order to remove old blooms or cut the plant back at the end of summer/beginning of spring. To say a few.
The hydrangea universe is now a bit more yours. I hope this article has given you answers about hydrangea care and maintenance and will assist you in your hydrangea journey. Enjoy your blooming flowers!
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