When is the best time to prune my hydrangeas?
– Pruning hydrangeas can help encourage big, beautiful blooms.
– Bigleaf hydrangeas and oakleaf hydrangeas should be pruned after they bloom in the summer. These types of hydrangeas bloom on old wood, which is growth from the previous year. If you prune them in late winter/early spring, you run the risk of removing their dormant flower buds.
– Panicle hydrangeas and smooth hydrangeas should be pruned in the late winter before they have new growth.
Should I deadhead my hydrangeas?
Deadheading hydrangeas will encourage new growth and more blooms late into the summer and early fall. They make excellent cut flowers and are a beautiful accent when dried and used in fall decor.
Can I control the color of my hydrangea bloom?
Not all hydrangeas are capable of changing their bloom color. Bigleaf hydrangeas have flowers that are influenced by the soil pH in which the plant is growing.
At a low soil pH, hydrangeas are able to absorb aluminum which results in gorgeous blue flowers. To lower pH, you can ass sulfur, peat moss, or aluminum sulfate to the soil surrounding the hydrangea.
How do hydrangeas perform if planted in a heavy shade area?
Hydrangeas will not bloom if planted in full shade. They prefer some shade in the afternoon but require sunlight for beautiful blooms!
Can I plant hydrangeas in a container?
Absolutely! They make a stunning accent for any container. I recommend using a container that is at least 18 inches in diameter to allow the hydrangea plenty of room to grow. There are also several varieties of dwarf hydrangeas such as ‘Little Lime’, ‘Buttons and Bows’, and ‘Mini Penny’ that are great for containers.