Tips for growing Hydrangea

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Tips for growing Hydrangea

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Hydrangea are one of my favorite shrubs. I ran across a great article on taking care of them at the Farmers Almanac. Here’s a link to their site if you want to see the original article:  I summarized what they had to say below.

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Hydrangea are a wonderful flowering shrub. The blossoms can be very large and come in several colors: Red, Pink, Blue, Purple and White. Some varieties have blossoms of different colors. The color of the hydrangea flower really varies with the amount of aluminum ions in the soil. Acidic soils with a pH of less than 5.5 produce blue flowers; soils with a pH greater than 5.5 product pink flowers. White flowers are not affected by pH.

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Hydrangeas are easy to grow. They produce flowers from mid summer into the fall when many other plants have quit blooming so they are a nice addition to any yard or garden. They make excellent borders and work well in group plantings.

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  • Most hydrangeas thrive in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. Add compost to enrich poor soil.
  • They prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, many will grow and bloom in partial shade. This is especially true for the bigleaf hydrangeas (see Recommended Varieties below).
  •  Plant in spring or fall.
  • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide.
  • Set the plant in the hole and fill it half full with soil. Water. After water is drained, fill the rest of the hole with soil.
  • Water thoroughly.
  • Space multiple hydrangeas about 3 to 10 feet apart.

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