I haven't had much experience with Hydrangea, but I bought a big beautiful 1
gallon size plant at Lowe's 2 weeks ago. I've got it planted and it's
thriving. My question is:
when I got it, the balls of blooms were standing straight up, but now they
are branching outward and some are lying on ground level. Is this the way
they are supposed to grow? I noticed at the nursery that all the others are
doing the same thing. I know they eventually turn into a nice sized bush, so
maybe this is a natural occurence?
The blooms of the Hydrangea are quite large. If the stems they are sitting
on are not too strong they may bend down. Rain too, might make the blooms
heavy, with the same result. We have several in our yard, and they get quite
bushy. We live in Ontario, and they are just starting to mature. Later on in
the season when they are in bloom, I usually end up supporting them. Anyway
good luck ! It's a beautiful plant and they continue to bloom to well into
fall. Consider the dried out flowers for indoor decor after the season is
No, Paulo, the ones we have are either in the shade, or mostly shade. One
large one is located at the foot of a large old Butternut Tree. It thrives
there. If you can help it, don't plant them in full sun. They also require
good watering during the warm months ahead. The leaves will tell you : they
will droop, so to speak, and it is time to water. Good luck ! Ben.
Ben, do you prune your hydrangeas in the spring or fall?
I have had one planted for several years that really hasn't produced, then I
finally figured out that I had it in the wrong spot. I moved it to a nice
shady spot under an apple tree and hope that it will do better now.
Lisa, by no means am I an expert but this is what I do each Spring.
I only prune back the dead canes. I have heard that hydrangeas produce
blooms on last years growth, so I don't touch any live canes at that time of
year. Later on when blooms are out, and if needed, I prune lightly to shape.
Hope it helps you. Good luck !
I am finally now getting blooms on my resurected and salvaged Wal MArt
Dumpster hydrangeas. They have some real nice size to them, but due to
the shape they were in when I recovered them last year they had to be
cut back pretty good, but at least this year they show promise. No
clue as to color.
Was told by a nurseryman that if you add lime aorund them they will
produce really vibrant colors, and its possible to make the colors
change by adding different minerals.
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I saw beautiful hydrangeas at the local garden center. While talking to the
sales clerk about these, she said that in order to get the nice big colorful
blooms, that I would probably need to add acidity to the soil. Have you had
your soil tested? You may need more acid.
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