Hydrangeas are a fun and exciting flower to add to your garden setting. The most exciting part is that one can control the color of the bloom. The blooms are large groupings of flowers that certainly make a stunning focal point for a garden, and they also work well lining a house or set as a bush.
Hydrangeas are certainly fun to grow, but they are also easy to grow as well. Hydrangeas are hardy and resistant plants, most diseases and pests will not affect them. There are so many types of hydrangeas to choose from that you are sure to find the variety that is simply perfect for your setting. You can easily pick your Hydrangeas to make sure they match or complement your existing garden planters.
Hydrangeas should be grown in full sun, or at least only partial shade. These plants do not like extremely hot environments, so planting them in a location where they can get some afternoon shade is a good idea. They can be grown in a range of soil types, but they do best in rich and moist soil that has good drainage. It is best to add compost to the soil before the plants are added.
When it comes to hydrangeas it is important to properly care for them. They need to be watered deeply about once a week. This is even more important during the hot summer months. Fountains that splash a great deal are often a wonderful choice to place near flowers that need to be frequently planted. They can easily assist your with the in-between waterings with their splashing. Boosting the plants with fertilizer during the spring and summer will also help you have strong and healthy plants. If you choose to transplant a hydrangea, this should be done in the fall or winter. The entire root ball must be dug up and it must be replanted quickly. Hydrangeas should only be pruned after their blooming has finished.
The pruning for the hydrangeas may vary slightly for the different types. The two most common types of hydrangea are the Mopheads and the Lacecaps. These features the large globe shaped flowers, and should be pruned in the late summer. Oak leaf hydrangea, featuring oakleaf shaped foliage, is a hardy variety that can withstand drier conditions, and should be pruned in early spring. The hydrangea vine does not need pruning, except to keep the vine’s new shoots under control.
How exactly do you change the color of hydrangea? This is one of the only flowers that can be altered to change colors. People who have the most success in changing the color of the hydrangea are those who grow them in pots. This smaller setting is much easier to control the pH of the container than the entire soil composition. They can also change colors on their own, this often occurs when they are transplanted. The soil composition may be different than where they were originally, so it is very possible that the hydrangeas will come back a new color the following year.
When it comes to changing the color, it is easier to change a hydrangea from pink to blue, then from blue to pink. To change the color from pink to blue, aluminum needs added to the soil. In order to turn it pink, aluminum will need removed from soil, which can be a very hard task to complete. White hydrangeas cannot be changed. It is also very hard to change the intensity of the color. The intensity is related to the health of the plant, the weather, the soil conditions, and the general heredity of the plant.
Hydrangeas are a fun and exciting addition to a garden, as they grow easily, require little maintenance, and can create a fun experiment in trying to change their color! Once they are grown and blooming, you can easily bring them indoors for a quick, inexpensive decoration!
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team