Video:How to Grow Hydrangeawith Yolanda Vanveen
Hydrangea make a beautiful addition to any garden. See our tips for growing hydrangea.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Grow HydrangeaHi, this is Yolanda Vanveen for About.com Garden. In this segment we are going to learn all about growing hydrangea.
SunlightNow hydrangea comes in many different colors and there are many different shapes and they are gorgeous addition to your shade garden. But my rule of thumb is if you got a lot of shade such dead shade as you have nothing but needles or moss, you are going to have hard time grow Hydrangea. If you got just little bit of light where weeds are growing, you can grow them. They are such a beautiful addition.
Size of Hydrangea PlantsNow Hydrangea make a big brush, so there are dwarf varieties and larger varieties as well and in the fall it will die back. There will be no leaves on it in the winter. This particular plant is a dwarf hydrangea, it doesn’t get really tall and it has nice smaller pink blooms on it. And I really enjoy it in my garden because I can leave it next to the entry way and I don’t want it to get eight feet tall and eight feet across because some of the larger varieties can get tall and big. So make sure when you plant them, you know what varieties you have and how large they are going to get.
Planting HydrangeaWhen you plant them you want to make sure the roots are covered but the stems are coming out. And there a bush even though you think this looks dead, it’s still alive. So really l am just going to let this die back, and I’ve got a lot of other Hydrangeas that have already died back to nothing, but I’m going to leave them in the garden. They will come back again in the spring. So basically as long as those roots are covered up, it’s going to grow.
Ball Up the RootsSo basically digging a hole out and planting it in and again I like to really take the roots and really ball them up. If you separate the roots, they are going to do great but if you ball up those roots and separate them just a little bit so they are not really hard but they still have room to grow. That way you will get more blooms on them because the deeper and thicker the roots are the more blooms you get on any plant.
So I am going to plant that in the ground, just cover it up and make sure the roots are completely covered up and pat it in there and just leave it alone and it’s going to come back and grow every year. And it’s going to have gorgeous green leaves and lots of flowers over the next summer.
Avoid Full Hot SunYou don’t want to put Hydrangea in full hot sun; they are going to get fried. So make sure to give them part shade or full shade but not too deep of shade or they are not going to grow at all.
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