I live in North Texas and and have trouble growing hydrangeas

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am have a terrible time growing hydrangea's, people tell me to plant on the north side of the house...don't work....I want to grow them so badly and need some advice..... ....I've grown them before just not in North TX

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  • Pat Pat on Dec 06, 2017
    They love acid in the soil. Put coffee grinds around the bottom.

    • Helen Allard Helen Allard on Dec 07, 2017
      Thank you so much. This is the best article I've ever read and now I'm getting ready for spring....Bless you sister....

  • Jeannette Jeannette on Dec 06, 2017
    I hear you! I'd LOVE to have hydrangeas at the end of my driveway!

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Dec 06, 2017
    Hydrangeas like at least six hours of sun each day and plenty of water.

  • Inetia Inetia on Dec 06, 2017
    Hydrangea like acid soil. Texas soil is alkaline. You could try growing it in a container where you can change the soil. This link tells how to make soil acidic.

  • Elaine Elaine on Dec 06, 2017
    Our soil is very alkaline where I live in Southern Ontario and Hydrangeas grow and bloom very well. I do agree they like acidic soil as they then bloom in lovely shades of blue but alkaline is fine too. They like lots of water (thus, their name “hydra” = hydration) and will wilt somewhat on hot windy days but bounce back. I find the Paniculata type of Hydrangea really hardy and bloom every year. Annabelle is usually another reliable type too. There is a product you can add to the soil for blue blossoms (if that’s what you want) and you can also add a good layer of pine needles around the base of the shrub. When you buy a hydrangea, make a note of the type so you know how to prune it as some bloom on ”old wood” (meaning this year’s growth) and therefore IF you trim this year’s woody growth back a bit (say, in the Fall) you are removing NEXT year’s blooms! Some bloom on new wood. Keep the tags and record where you plant each type in the garden.

  • Helen Allard Helen Allard on Dec 07, 2017
    God Bless all of you ladies who have helped with this problem. First I am going to do a soil tests and then go on from there. Thank you so much...