Grow hydrangeas

Cultivating Hydrangeas

To make Hydrangeas bloom and grow robust it is advisable to know the three main arguments that guarantee the luxuriant growth of this beautiful ornamental garden plant. Choice of position, when to wet, but above all hydrangeas pruning, when and how to cut them. Starting from the position, it is possible to raise the Hydrangeas in the apartment, but it will then be advisable to bury them in the garden, in a not too sunny position, because to bloom they need to be outdoors. In the spring and summer period it is necessary to water the Hydrangeas frequently and abundantly, moreover since the Hydrangeas love humidity, they can be sprayed. The most delicate operation is pruning, to cut the Hydrangeas correctly it is essential to know that the flowers bloom from the apical bud, therefore the rule is that the more jets will be emitted by the plant, the more inflorescences will be. Therefore, to make the Hydrangeas bloom, they are pruned immediately after flowering, to allow the plant to emit the buds with the new inflorescences that will bloom the following year.

Grow Hydrangeas

The Hydrangeas of the Hydrangea family are plants with the characteristic large light green leaves. The flowers are gathered in spherical inflorescences of different colors, according to the species ranging from white to pink and blue, in different shades of mauve and violet. The colors are determined both by the genetic heritage and by the type of soil in which the plant grows. The beauty of Hydrangeas lies both in the contrast of colors between leaves and flowers and in the overall shapes, between foliage and spherical inflorescences. To cultivate pink hydrangeas and give the blooms colors in shades of light blue and blue, acid soil is needed, while on the contrary the blue-flowered hydrangeas in alkaline soil will give blooms with purple and pink tones. L’ pruning action must be performed at two different times and for different reasons, the first concerns the hydrangea pruning to strengthen the inflorescences, to be performed immediately after flowering. The second at the end of winter, to prune the flowers and dry branches, always cutting only, above the first pair of buds.

How and when to fertilize hydrangeas

Throughout the summer, starting from March and until the end of summer, it is advisable to fertilize hydrangeas once a week, with liquid fertilizer added to the irrigation water.The hydrangea is a plant that needs a large amount of potassium, therefore it is advisable to administer a fertilizer with a high content of this macro-element, especially useful for flowers. Correctly fed, the flowering of the Hydrangea will be enhanced and can follow one another throughout the spring and summer season.During the cultivation of Hydrangeas it is always advisable to check the leaves of the plant which should appear brown along the edges, yellowed with spots spread between the ribs , is a clear symptom of little watering or of an excessive amount of limestone in the soil.

Growing hydrangeas: Hydrangea diseases and remedies

Among the most frequent diseases of hydrangeas there is the “white mal” which presents itself with reddish spots and white shades, on the leaves and on the stem. The disease can also affect the buds that appear deformed.The remedy is to treat the plant with products based on sulfur or other fungicides specific for this type of infestation.Hydrangeas can also be easily attacked by gray mold that presents itself with light spots and browns on the petals and buds. Mold attacks are favored by too much moisture. The remedy is to spray the appropriate fungicide and avoid watering the plant for a few days or place it in a more ventilated place. If necrotic spots appear on the leaves and shoots it may be that the plant is infected with various types of fungi,

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