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Heavenly Hydrangeas - check them out :)

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Michelle Last reply 36 minutes ago

Is it just me or are the Hydrangeas particularly glowing this year?

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  • Beth G
    Beth G Decatur, GA
    on Feb 9, 2013

    always have enjoyed these! Wonder if they could be a container plant ... perfect light conditions on my balcony.

  • Dcz665
    Dcz665 Highland Park, IL
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Displaying these gorgeous pictures just isn't fair to us Northerners. My hydrangeas are buried beneath a combination of dirt, leaves, leftover evergreen branches, and chicken wire to hold it all together and as of two days ago, 6 inches of snow! But come May these bushes will be in full swing. I have paniculata, oak leaf, mop heads and the everblooming summer variety. The hard part with any hydrangea is the pruning issue. There are different types and you need to careful you don't prune at the wrong time or you'll lose your blooms. I've purchased plants from highly rated nurseries and from big box stores...some have flourished, some have died. Years ago I asked my brother (a top ten grower in Massachusetts) why some of my plants had died despite having perfect growing conditions. His very technical answer...sometimes plants just die!

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 9, 2013

    @Beth G : Beth, if you have room for a large container, like a half whiskey barrel, you could probably pull it off. See this for some caveats: http://hydrangeashoh.wordpress.com/2009/03/13/growing-hydrangeas-in-pots/

  • Elaine Simmons
    Elaine Simmons Florence, AZ
    on Feb 9, 2013

    I just found one of my favorite tv hosts and my favorite flower on the same post! I really miss your shows Erica! Yours was my most favorite of all the garden shows. I have just moved to AZ so don't think I can grow hydrangeas in a pot, sun is just too hot. Before in Iowa, I grew all kinds of hydrangeas.

  • Beth G
    Beth G Decatur, GA
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Thanks Douglas! I was going to google for dwarf hydrangeas and other info later on. This article is quite helpful.

  • Mike L
    Mike L Yamhill, OR
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Patty M, in the nursery trade, hydrangeas are known as WATER HOGS. They require longer irrigation cycles than other plants. Sometimes even multiple X during hot summer days. It takes almost 2 full growing seasons for a hydrangea to fully establish itself in the landscape. They are not deep rooted plants. Dig a large dish shaped hole and amend with good humus. Do not plant too deep or too high. Keep up with a watering regimen that provides a slow, deep application. Also, do not over fertilize, hydrangeas are sensitive to high salt levels. Use an organic based fertilizer (Espoma of the likes) and they'll be happy.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Buford, GA
    on Feb 9, 2013

    great information @Mike L

  • Mike L
    Mike L Yamhill, OR
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Thanks! Let's just say I've grown a few K of the hydrangeas in the blue and white pots.

  • Elizabeth K
    Elizabeth K Bloomington, IL
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Love these!

  • CAROL
    CAROL Mineola, TX
    on Oct 14, 2016

    If the blooms are flat , they look just like mine which are "lace caps" .. they are different than the mop heads but are beautiful too,.

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