Plants

Hydrangea

How much to water the ortenise

Irrigation of hydrangea is the fundamental part of its care: if there is one thing that this plant must not miss, it is water. Abundant especially in the hot season will be necessary not only for the survival of the same but also to obtain a luxuriant flowering supported by a foliage worthy of the plant itself. In the wettest seasons it is possible to decrease the frequency of watering especially in the period of vegetative rest when the plant does not need particular nourishment but, in spring and summer it will be necessary to abound without too many considerations. This type of plant must therefore be irrigated every day in the hot season, while in the colder period it does not require particular water supplies.

How to grow hydrangea


The two fundamental elements that contribute to a good growth of hydrangea are irrigation and its ideal positioning within the garden or wherever it is decided to put it. If for irrigation, as already mentioned, it is sufficient to abound in the hottest periods since we are dealing with a very demanding plant from a nutritional point of view, as regards solar exposure the speech is the opposite, in the sense that the hydrangea should be kept in the shade as much as possible, always and especially in the hottest months. Exposing this plant to the sun and to too high temperatures in certain periods would in fact risk compromising flowering and, above all, the tightness of the flowers themselves. As for pruning, the other simpler measures, it is not necessary to follow this type of plant too much. Pruning should be done to adjust the shape and strengthen it every 2 years, while as regards the flowers there are different currents of thought regarding cutting at the end of the season: those who prefer to cut them and those who let them color from autumn.

When and how to fertilize


Also with regard to fertilization there are different theories and thoughts that diversify flower growers: some do not like to fertilize their hydrangeas too much, leaving room for nature and its wonders (they are the same ones who do not cut the flowers, do not prune too much and do not overly care ), while fertilization is more important to others because it favors a more luxuriant flowering and a more rapid and beautiful growth. However, the right fertilization should be done in spring using a universal fertilizer, followed by other fertilizations on a monthly basis during the warm period. It is possible, if you choose to fertilize only once, to use a slow release fertilizer of about six months, ideal for the purpose.

Hydrangea: Hydrangea exposure and diseases


As already mentioned, the exposure is one of the topical points for the correct cultivation of hydrangea. If almost all flowers and plants need exposure to the sun or partial shade, this plant, on the contrary, needs total shade especially in the hottest periods. It is no coincidence that the most beautiful hydrangeas are exhibited in cooler places where, as it happens, in addition to a cooler and rainy climate, there is also a huge presence of trees that favors shady cover. Hydrangea can develop different types of diseases generated by fungi or bacteria for example. Botrytis is a disease generated by a polyphagous fungus that looks like a grayish powder on the leaves and can be eliminated with commercially available products. It typically develops in conditions of poor ventilation. L’

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