Pruning period hydrangeas

The period of pruning hydrangeas

The most suitable period for pruning hydrangeas is undoubtedly the end of the winter season, in particular the month of February. Depending on whether the plant is young or not, the pruning interventions are more or less drastic: a young plant in fact only needs a “lightening”, ie the elimination of the dry, damaged or diseased parts, while an adult plant (more than 4 years of life) requires the cutting of all those scaly-looking and dark-colored branches. But let’s see together what are the precautions to follow during pruning: 1. Prune only when flowering is complete so as not to cut off the branches that have the new shoots, cutting the branch at the height of the first two buds. 2. Remove faded flowers to ensure the plant looks tidy during flowering: with a pair of gardening scissors cut just below the flower. 3. Delete the oldest branches. Adult hydrangeas have a poorer flowering due to the presence of old branches, the latter can be recognized by the dark color and the appearance of the bark that becomes scaly, they must be cut (with shears) at the base.

Grow hydrangeas

The essential thing for growing hydrangeas is water. The same botanical name says it “Hydrangea” inside which the Greek word “hydros” that is “water” appears, in fact it is enough not to water them for a single day for the hydrangeas to turn into a mass of dry branches. In this regard, especially as regards southern Italy, it is advisable not to plant them in full sun, as it is known, with the heat the need for water becomes greater and an adult plant can drink up to 50 liters of water per day. day. As for the soil, on the other hand, due to the roots that grow rapidly, hydrangeas prefer a soil with a lot of nourishment, an excellent mixture of equal parts of peat, clay and leaf earth. Depending on the elements that make up the ground then, these splendid plants undergo the variation of the colors of their flowers: with a lot of phosphorus, for example, there are pink flowers; while with aluminum they are colored blue. Hydrangeas are present in the world in many species and varieties, however all reproduce by cuttings and the best time to plant them is from July to September.

Say it with hydrangeas

Flowers, with their special language, can be of great help when words just don’t want to come out! Of course, however, it is necessary to know the symbolism, in all its nuances, of each single flower. What then is the meaning of hydrangeas? Well, hydrangea is usually given when you want to reveal to someone the birth of a feeling of love or the return of a past love. But love is known, it has a thousand shades and like love also the colors of the hydrangea flowers, therefore to each his own! So let’s see in detail every single message: if the hydrangea bouquet is white it indicates the birth of a sincere love, where all thoughts are exclusively for the loved one; if pink instead, it’s like saying “for me you are the one and only” (as well as being an invitation to physical love); finally, blu communicates that, despite the difficult nature of the loved one, the love one feels towards him is deep and passionate.

Period hydrangea pruning: A little curiosity

The most common kind of hydrangea is the Hydrangea Macrophylla or Japanese Hydrangea, also called for this reason “rose of Japan”. But in Asia (where hydrangea finds its origins) and especially in China, as many as thirty-three indigenous varieties of this plant are grown and in Chinese its name is “flower of the eight immortals”. In ancient times, hydrangea flowers were used above all to make love potions and, it seems that the name “hydrangea” originates from a love story. It is said that the naturalist Philibert Commenson, during a trip to China to discover new plant species, fell in love with a local princess who was already married and whose name was Hortense de Nassau.

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