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.
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 hydrangea for reference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 tips on how to prune hydrangeas.
Bypass pruners work best with hydrangeas, so invest in a pair of pruners that are sharp, giving you the clean and precise cuts you need to keep your shrubs healthy and blooming.
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.
The idea behind Haus & Garten was to give professional and avid gardeners the premium quality tool they need for their different pruning tasks. For example, pruning hydrangeas may be overwhelming for many, but having the right tools make it less intimidating and much more enjoyable without the need to hire a professional to prune for you.
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.”
Several years ago, Greg had a very successful business as a professional landscaper and arborist.
Over the last 30 years, Greg has worked with many clients and his experience with them has helped him understand the specific needs and demands that all types of gardeners require of their tools when working with different pruning tasks. With this in mind, he established Haus & Garten and the PRO range of pruning tools back in 2010.
Greg aims to make a range of premium-grade pruning tools that any gardener could depend on for quality and performance and this has been proven true by many of his customers.
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.
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