The Essential Guide to Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas are loveable. These shrubs constantly look pretty the whole summer, and they live long until fall. Many people like to add this on their garden for dramatic look, which explains why many wedding decors feature hydrangeas too. If you want to grow this, you will need to check out the following guide.

  • The Types of Hydrangeas

There are many types of it and all of them are popular. Bigleaf Hydrangea blooms in spring and it is the most popular. Meanwhile, Mountain Hydrangea has pink or blue flowers on its head and it is more cold hardy and smaller. Hardy Hydrangea is the beauty of summer and the blooms can change from light green to white to red or pink.

If you want to know them all, you should also learn about Rough-Leaved Hydrangea, Wild Hydrangea, Climbing Hydrangeas, and Oakleaf Hydrangea.

  • How to Prune Them

Hydrangeas don’t necessarily need a cut but several varieties show even better blooms after pruned. Ones that bloom on new wood is best pruned during fall before winter and in spring. Ones that bloom on old wood can be pruned only after it actually flowering. Knowing when to cut and your kind of Hydrangea will help in making perfect prune and it commonly creates even bigger flowers.

  • Propagating the Hydrangeas

To propagate it, choose a rather thick branch which is a little green but not brand new with no flower buds on it. Measure the top six inches of the branch and make a cut there. Make sure you make two inches cut or just below its leaf node. Leave the top two leaves but remove everything else. Put your cutting into a sterile seedling mix. You can dip the base into rooting hormone first if you want to, not that it is necessary.

  • Hydrangea Changing Color

Naturally, your hydrangeas can change color as long as it isn’t white. Blue can be changed to pink and vice versa. There are several techniques to try to change the color, and most of them rely on the soil condition and properties. It naturally changes colors slightly as it is transplanted as an indication of its adjustment to soil condition. It is important to not though that you can change the color but not the intensity.

Basically, hydrangeas are already beautiful as it is. It doesn’t take a hustle to grow and maintain it, and it doesn’t take a hustle to enjoy its every color. Don’t wait until you can hire a pro, you can start planting now.