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Friday, July 22
As You Sow, So You Will Reap: The Basics of Hydrangea Care
An old-fashioned favorite, Hydrangeas remain an all time darling of garden enthusiasts. As an individual specimen, placed in border, or part of a woodland garden, they are everlasting beauties. The flowers can be dried and enjoyed year round. As an added bonus, they are super easy to grow by following these simple basics of Hydrangea care.
Hydrangeas love the shade. They prefer moderately fertile and well-moistened soil. A fun aspect to these beauties is that the color of the flowers can be controlled by the acidity of the soil. Alkaline soil produces pink flowers, while acidic soil produces blue flowers. The top of the root ball should be level with the surface of the ground.
Pruning should be done as each flower fades. Many varieties of Hydrangeas grow flower buds at the end of the season for the following year. Waiting to prune could result in these new shoots being loped off. This is a common cause of Hydrangeas failing to bloom.
Adding Aluminum Sulfate to the soil will produce blue flowers. One tablespoon dissolved in a gallon of water should be sufficient. Caution should be used not to splash the solution on the leaves.
Adding Lime to the soil will produce pink flowers. Again, add one tablespoon of Hydrated Lime to a gallon of water. These treatments should be carried out in the early spring.
Hydrangeas love water, so it should be provided at the time of planting and frequently throughout the growing season.
Hydrangeas are susceptible to a wide variety of bugs and diseases. Care should be taken to observe foliage for any signs of problems. It can be a good idea to bring a sample to the nursery expert for advice. Treatments can be chemically based or organic, depending on user preference. As always, such products should be used with discretion if there are small children or pets that have access to the garden.
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Caring for Hydrangeas is well worth the effort. By following a few basic rules, it is simple to prevent minor problems. An elegant and long lasting plant, they will provide years of ongoing beauty.
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