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Hydrangea shrubs add grace, stature and depth to mixed borders
Philibert Commerson discovered Hydrangea in China during 1767! Since then many different varieties have been created. Hydrangeas like an acid soil for best results, so apply plenty of peat containing compost whilst planting. When growing Hydrangea, you may want to test the pH of your soil so that you will be sure of what flower color will emerge. In soil with a pH greater than 7.0, hydrangea will be pink; in soil with a pH less than 7.0, the blossoms will be blue.
There are various Hydrangeas varieties available such as the Hydrangeas paniculata types, the Hydrangeas macrophylla types, Hydrangea serrata, Hydrangea sargentiana and Hydrangeas aspera types.
How to care for Hydrangea
Hydrangea's flower from early summer to the first frost and have a compact growth except for the variety Annabelle that will grow up to 1.5 mtr in one season.
hydrangea requires a moist retentive Soil that is enriched with organic matter. Choose a sheltered position against a wall or under a tree but avoid Hedges. Add peat at time of planting & water well. Protect against severe frost in winter. Do not remove dead flower heads - leave them on through the winter as they help protect the plant from frost. Cut back in spring by removing dead or diseased branches down to the first Healthy bud. In spring feed established plants with a fertiliser and apply a thick layer of mulch for protection of the roots.
How to prune the hydrangea
Most macrophylla and serrata species thrive on old wood, or steals that have grown last year. If you cut back these species in the spring, you also cut out all the flowers. If strong pruning is not necessary you can better prune back a third of the branches to 20 to 30 cm above the ground each year, the other branches then give enough flowers. Because the buds of these species are formed early in the spring, they are sensitive to night frost. The old flowers can therefore best be left untill the beginning of March, because that gives some protection.
Hydrangeas that bloom on new wood are the paniculata and the arborescens. These can be pruned back to about 30 cm each year. They will return strongly every year with the right fertilization. Especially the arborescens species such as Annabelle give such large flowers that some support is sometimes desirable because otherwise the stems (especially after rain or strong wind) can collapse under the weight. We have the correct plant supports in stock for this. These green supports do not or hardly reappear in the course of time. Hydrangea Annabelle strong is a new variant with a stronger stem, that does not work and there is also a pink variant known, the Invincibelle Spirit.
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