This shrub is not hard to maintain but there are plenty of points to keep in mind.
Let’s discuss them one by one:
Whether you are growing plants in the pot, garden bed, or directly in the garden.
Soil plays an essential role in the thriving of any plant. All nutrients and minerals present in the quality soil help to grow plant activity.
To achieve quality soil mix organic compost, perlite, or sand. Organic compost provides nutrients and perlite or sand maintains soil moisture.
Always in the base of the plant. Watering from leaves and stems might attract fungus to the plant.
Pour water only when you see the soil dry. Remember you have to keep the soil moist not soggy. Adding too much water to the soil might cause root rot.
Root rot is a disease in which a plant’s roots get damaged due to excessive water. This stunt can grow or sometimes kill the plant.
Hydrangeas love sunlight. Planting them in sunny spots flourish. In the initial stage of the plant, it is beneficial to place them in the sunlight. But once they get mature, placing them in sunny spots is good.
Ideally, 6-7 hours of sunlight is good for their growth. Plant them in a place where they receive early morning sunlight and afternoon shade.
Early morning sunlight makes the plant fresh. In the afternoon sun rays are denser that might damage the flowers and leaves of the plant.
If you notice brown spots in the foliage this is due to extreme sunlight.
How to Prune and deadhead
Pruning is very important to grow and bloom every year. If you do not prune properly the plant might not bloom in the growing season.
This what you have to do:
Take a sharp knife or pruning shear, cut the branch of the stem. You have to cut the stem which has flowered in this season.
Deadhead wilt flowers. No matter what you do all flowers become wilt in the fall. Simply pluck these flowers to encourage new bloom for next year.
Different varieties require different types of fertilizer. The best way to determine whether the plant needs to feed or not is by doing a soil test.
Fertilizer should be applied indefinite months for effective results. Varieties like Bigleaf need light fertilizers which are applied in March, May, and June.
Oakleaf and panicle need to feed in April and June. Smooth hydrangea variety fertilizes in the late winter.
How to take hydrangea cuttings
These flower species are known for their beautiful bloom. The bloom is often used as decorative ornaments in the home.
You can place them in corner of your dining hall in an attractive vase. Within a moment it will change the vibes of the room.
If you are growing hydrangea in your garden do not hesitate to take flowers cutting. In fact, cutting flowers will encourage more flowers to grow.
Just take a pruning shear or sharp knife.
Select the flower you want to cut.
Cut at the node or branch of the stem where the flowers have bloomed.
Clear all the leaves from the bottom to have a straight stem cutting.
Put the cutting in the vase quarterly filled with water.