Today we're going to show you how to grow hydrangeas so that you'll have beautiful, colorful hydrangeas all season long! Hydrangeas bring a world of color to any pot or garden! To spice up a garden, hydrangeas are your best best and they're also easy to grow and take care of!
Hydrangeas flower in spring and summer, and in the winters, can be cut back so that they regrow yet again! The color of the hydrangeas completely depends on the soil's pH value. Pink flowers indicate that the pH is between 8 and 12 (alkaline), while blue flowers means the soil is more acidic (pH of 1 and 6, with 7 being neutral).
Where to Plant Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas aren't too keen on full sun or extreme heat, so it's best to plant them in a shaded area. Give your hydrangeas morning sun only, and keep them shaded for the rest of the day.
Don't plant your hydrangea under a tree as the roots will compete for the soil moisture!
Make sure they have lots of space. If you don't have enough garden space, consider planting them in large, non-porous pots.
Hydrangeas love a moist, compost-rich, and very well-drained soil, but they don't like sitting in water! To avoid this, make sure your pot has very good drainage or that you place your hydrangeas on raised beds.
How to Plant Hydrangeas
Before transplanting your hydrangea plant or seedling from its original location, give it a little love! To a bucket of water, add a little liquid seaweed fertilizer. Read the directions on the seaweed fertilizer to make a strong batch. Hydrangeas love seaweed because it prevents transplant shock.
Slowly lower the potted hydrangea into the pot of water. Let is sit there until all the air bubbles have stopped coming to the surface.
While your plant is soaking, prepare a bigger pot or the hole in your garden.
Prepare a hole that is twice the size of the hydrangea bulb. The same rule goes for the pot!
Mix the soil with a good quality compost – hydrangeas love compost!
Plant your hydrangea into the post or hole. Make sure to tap the sides of the roots to loosen up the roots. Cover with more soil and mulch.
Add a slow release fertilizer to your hydrangeas so they can grow strong and healthy!
Depending on your climate, water your plant as needed – the soil should always be moist. Don't over-water your hydrangeas as this can cause root rot. It's better to under-water than to over-water!
Once winter comes, cut off all the blooms from the stems. This will protect the plant and will make the blooms regrow again in the spring!
To see more posts on how to grow flowers, check out our Flowers Planting Articles!
So now that you know how to grow hydrangeas, it's time to start planting!