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Hydrangea cultivation

Surely when summer is at its peak you will be able to enjoy beautiful hydrangea bushes that adorn the gardens or green spaces . So if you don’t know much about these plants, follow these steps to have a good arsenal.

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Hydrangea cultivation

Choose the variety

To choose the hydrangea to plant, it is necessary to know which is the best type, depending on the area of ​​the garden. Check the hardiness map of the planting zone to determine the zone number. Although it should be noted that the most common varieties that are chosen are for their resistance and to produce long-lasting flowers.

  • Macrophilic hydrangea and lace cap. They grow well in zone 8, which has a warm climate. They do not grow quite well in cold regions, unless steps are taken to protect them. The macrophilic hydrangea “endless summer” is a type of plant that blooms more than once in the summer. It produces large bouquets of blue or pink flowers and they intensify their color as the season passes.
  • Hydrangea quercifolia. It grows well in places with hot summers without much humidity. It is resistant in zones 4b/ 5ª. It produces white flowers.
  • Hydrangea Anabelle. It is more resistant to cold than the macrophilic hydrangea or quercifolia. They grow well in zone 3. This type of plant has white flowers that turn light green over time.
  • Hydrangea Peegee. It can grow and resist more. It grows further north than Anabelle, but it can also grow south. The flowers are white.

Plan the planting time

Plant them in the spring or fall, as these are moderate climates so the hydrangeas can acclimate to soil conditions and take root before the weather is more extreme.

Choose the best place

Hydrangeas are easy to grow, either in pots or in grow beds. For whatever method, you need to get the sun in the mornings and also get partial shade in the afternoons. Large-leaf hydrangeas grow in full partial shade, so this variety should be chosen if you have a shady space.

Enrich the soil with compost

Hydrangeas require rich, well-draining soil to keep them moist. If you work with poor or dry soil, it should be prepared with a little compost so that the hydrangeas can develop optimally . If your soil holds water, you can incorporate peat moss to aid drainage.

Dig a hole

The hole you dig should be deep like the root ball of the hydrangea plant and at least twice as wide. If you are going to plant more than one hydrangea , they should have a space of 1 ½ to 2 m so that they can grow very large. Certain hydrangeas can be planted close to each other, but others must be spaced at least 3m apart.

Plant the hydrangea 

It is important to ensure that the roots of the hydrangea are watered when planting. Begin to place the root ball of the plant in the hole. Fill the hole a few inches with water and water some more. Plant the hydrangea at a medium depth, since if it is too much the roots can break and, if it is little, the rain or the wind could throw it away.

Keep the earth moist

If the soil is dry, the plants will dry up. So in the hot months, be sure to water them every day. Water the hydrangea near the base and above the roots. Avoid spraying the flowers directly so they don’t burn in the sun.

Prune only when necessary

The new hydrangeas do not have to be pruned, since if it is done it is most likely that there will be no flowers for the following spring. Now if you have old hydrangeas and they have already grown too large, they need to be pruned. Do not prune at ground level, unless the bush is very large.

Make sure you prune them at the correct time of year (based on how long the hydrangea has been planted). Large-leaved hydrangeas should be pruned after the flowers have faded. Pee gee Hydrangea is pruned in late winter or early spring or fall. Anabelle Hydrangea can be lightly pruned in the summer or after the spring bloom and even in late winter. H. Quercifolia and other types of hydrangea can be pruned while the plant is dormant.

How to change the color of hydrangea

The color of hydrangeas depends on the pH of the soil where they are planted. If you have blue or pink hydrangeas, you can most likely change the color by changing the pH of the soil. And although it may take time, it is necessary to be patient. Now if you want to change the color from pink to blue, it is necessary to minimize the pH of the soil by incorporating peat moss or sulfur. To change the color of the flowers from blue to pink, add limestone to the soil to increase the soil’s pH. White hydrangeas do not change color.

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