Hydrangea Collection - Shrub
Make sure the root balls of these Hydrangeas are well-moistened by soaking them in a bucket of lukewarm water before planting. Prepare a suitable hole 50 x 50 x 50 cm in good, loose soil. Plant the root balls of the Hydrangeas at the appropriate depth in the hole. The top of the root balls should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. These plants grow well in a large pot. Make sure that there are holes in the base to allow adequate drainage.Hydrangeas can be planted in the ground
These Hydrangeas grow best in moist, humus-rich soil. Improve your garden soil by adding some compost to it. These plants grow best in a shady or semi-shady area. Full sun is also possible as long as the soil isn't too dry. The soil can be moist if using this plant in a pot, but make sure there is good water drainage otherwise the plant may die.
Hydrangeas have loose umbels. Its filled with flowers which are quite unique, they resemble little stars. The flowers bloom as green and later to their correct colour. Hydrangeas are also gorgeous used in a flower arrangement.
The name follows the Greek – Hydrangea, 'hydro' (water) and 'aggos' (pot) which again points to the shape of the fruit (pitcher shaped). Macrophylla means large leafed.
Water your Hydrangeas regularly during dry periods as dry soil is not tolerated very well. Between March and July to allow for an extra rich bloom, add plant food monthly when watering. Provide it with cow manure early in the year.Hydrangeas can be pruned
Hydrangeas bloom on branches that were formed in the previous year. If you prune during the spring, flowers will not appear that same year. However, pruning is not absolutely necessary unless the plants grow too large. In such cases, you can rejuvenate the Hydrangeas by removing 1/3 of all their branches, for the first year you'll have fewer flowers, but a normal bloom will occur in the second year. Remove the dead branches and carefully cut away any dead flowers during the winter.