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7-step Hydrangea Care For A Summer Flush of Blooming Flowers

Raised garden beds, flower fields, pots, and lawns look fun and vibrant, especially with hydrangeas blooming in summer. Hydrangeas add charm to your garden because of their color variety. These versatile shrubs grow in almost everything, making them popular for home gardeners.

Hydrangeas are not only easy to grow, they're also tough plants that are resistant to most bugs and diseases. To ensure that your hydrangea shrubs flourish throughout the season, it's best to keep a routine to keep them in good condition.

Follow this 7-step Hydrangea Care routine to keep your hydrangeas blooming this season.

 

1. Pick the right hydrangea for your garden.

There are a variety of hydrangeas you can choose from, each having their own requirements for sunlight, type of soil, and pH level. If you're not sure which to add to your garden, you can check out these 6 popular types of hydrangeas for reference.

2. Planting your hydrangea.

Part of a hydrangea's growth condition is setting it in a location where it'll thrive. This includes the amount of sunlight or shade it's under and how well-draining the soil is. When you're ready to place your hydrangea, make sure not to position it too deep into the ground and if possible, place it at the same depth as it was in the pot it was initially planted.

3. Keep your hydrangeas well-hydrated.

Hydrangeas benefit from constant watering, especially during summer where the heat is intense and it hardly rains. It's enough to give it an inch of water weekly, keeping the soil moist but not too wet. If you're hesitant to water your hydrangea, you'll be able to tell if it needs water just by looking at the plant itself. Typically, the plants start to lose their glow and wilt if they need water, so make sure to check your hydrangeas regularly.

4. Giving fertilizer.

Although fertilizers could trigger new growth or help your plant flourish, this doesn't necessarily mean your hydrangeas need it to live. It's only advisable to add fertilizers during spring or early summer when the soil lacks the nutrients that your hydrangeas require. If the soil is already rich in nutrients, there's no need to add fertilizer.

5. Changing the color of the blooms.

If you'd like to change your hydrangea's color this season, you'll have to change the soil condition depending on the palette you want to achieve. In general, acidic soil with a pH level below 6.0 yields blue to periwinkle-colored blooms. On the other hand, alkaline soil with a pH level above 7.0 results in pink and red flowers. Soil with between 6 and 7 pH levels promotes pastel purple blooms.

This means, changing your pink blooms into blue demands the addition of garden sulfur or aluminum sulfate. To change your blue flowers into pink, use ground lime.

Don't be dismayed if the color doesn't change immediately as this requires patience and months to occur. Note that some varieties resist color-change, which includes white hydrangeas that tend to remain white regardless of their soil condition.

6. Pruning your hydrangeas.

Pruning hydrangeas range from minimal to no pruning at all. Most hydrangea owners shy away from trimming their hydrangeas because of their lovely blooms, but having too many flowers can cause the whole plant to flop and lose its shape. Remember that there are also different types of hydrangeas, so their pruning methods vary from each other. To keep yourself guided, make sure to follow the right pruning tips that works best for your hydrangea.

Bypass pruners work best with hydrangeas, so invest in a pair of pruners that are sharp like the PrecisionPRO pruning shears, giving you the clean and precise cuts you need to keep your shrubs healthy and blooming.

7. Propagating.

To propagate your hydrangea, take a cutting that is 5-6 inches long from a branch of the hydrangea shrub, transferring it on a separate pot. This step is not required, but if you want to add more of these attractive flowers to your garden, you can choose to propagate since these shrubs rarely produce seeds to plant. It will take around 4 weeks for the roots to grow and mature. While in propagation, keep the hydrangea out of direct sunlight so it doesn't dry out and lose its moisture.

Are you using the right pruners for the best results?

The reason behind Haus & Garten was to provide premium quality tools that would meet the specific needs and demands of professional and avid gardeners for different pruning jobs. 

Greg Schultz, founder of Haus & Garten, has developed a range of high-quality tools that not only professional gardeners can use, but are also available to beginner and home gardeners who hope to prune their hydrangeas with ease.

As a professional landscape gardener for 28 years, Greg understands what makes a premium pruning tool. Greg's mantra is: “Pruning can be as easy as 1-2-snip… All you really need is 1- the right knowledge, 2 - the right tool, and you can start snipping away to a great garden.”

Long before Greg founded Haus & Garten, he had a very successful business—as a professional landscape gardener.

For the past three decades, Greg's experience with working for many clients helped him understand the needs and demands that gardeners required of their tools, especially when working on different pruning tasks. This has been his motivation for the development of Haus & Garten and the PRO series line of pruning tools in 2010.

Greg's goal to make a range of premium pruning tools that gardeners could rely on for quality and performance has been proven by many of his customers like LS Crawford, who shared how she was able to prune her roses with sheer ease using our PrecisionPRO bypass pruning shears. She said,

"I have used these for pruning shrubs of various sizes and stem widths. Because they are so sharp, they cut with little to no effort. Very easy on the hands."

At Haus & Garten, we carefully consider the different pruning tasks gardeners have to face during the season. When pruning hydrangeas, you'll need a pruning tool you can rely on to do the task for you. We aim to help gardeners achieve a season full of blooms through pruning. 

Check out our range of tools below and pick a quality tool that you can rely on for comfort, durability, and performance for years to come!

 

INVEST IN THE BEST! TRY THE HAUS & GARTEN PRUNING TOOLS FOR A SUMMER FULL OF HYDRANGEA BLOOMS!