Live near Chicago.
I bought two hydrangeas plants and put them in big pots next to my front
Sun till noon.
I'd like to plant them into the ground so they come back in spring.
Can I do this?
How should I do this?
They are doing well in these big planter pots, but far too heavy to move.
The degree of technical competence is inversely proportional to the level of
In the order you asked:
1) Yes, you can do this. Hydrangeas belong in the ground.
3) Too heavy to move? You'll have to move them at least a little to plant
them in the ground. Teenagers usually consider themselves impoverished. Hire
one as extra muscle. Hydrangeas are pretty tough plants, but if yours are
too heavy for you to manage, you'll rough them up trying to do it yourself.
Be sure you really want the plants in whatever spots you choose. They can
grow quite large, wide tough, wide-ranging thick roots. Removing them can be
a real bitch. Also, get a soil test kit from a garden center and check the
pH. They like acid soil, and will produce nicer colored flowers when the pH
is correct. The wrong pH generally won't kill them, but the flowers and
leaves will look pretty blah.
Cold *could* be an issue with pots, even for plants that will survive
horrendous winters in the ground. You definitely want to get them out of the
pots before winter, and this is a perfect time of year to do it. Just follow
planting instructions, and do NOT be cheap when it comes to preparing the
hole with composted manure. The plants are going to live in those holes for
a long time. You need to give them a good start.
thanks for your reply
They went into the ground this morning.
I had composted manure in the pot and also had extra that I put into the
Also a good sprinkling of 'Vigiro' acid loving plant food.
I usually have a 'brown' thumb....so will hope for the best.
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