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Growing and Caring for Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are lovely with their clusters of petite, brightly colored blooms.

Hydrangea blossoms are beautiful not only on the plant outdoors, but also in bouquets.

While hydrangeas are not difficult to care for, there are a few things you should keep in mind while doing so.

HYDRANGEAS’ HISTORY.

Hydrangeas were initially introduced to the United States from Japan. However, there have been ancient hydrangea fossils discovered dating back 40 to 65 million years.

Hydrangeas first emerged in Europe in 1736, when immigrants from North America brought them to England.

Hydrangea petals, which are often used in landscaping, contain tiny quantities of cyanide, making them unsafe for human consumption.

The hydrangea serrata, however, is an exception, since it is used as a sweet tea by Buddhists as part of a cleaning rite. This tea is said to help with autoimmune diseases, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, and malaria, among other things.

Hydrangea roots were employed as a diuretic by Native Americans, while the bark was used to treat burns and muscular soreness.

Another interesting historical truth is that hydrangeas were often used to inform suitors that a person was disinterested in their overtures.

Hydrangeas are often used as a beautiful landscaping feature in gardens.

HYDRANGEAS PLANTING

Hydrangeas are best planted in the early spring or late autumn.

When deciding where to plant your hydrangea, keep in mind that the stems and blooms must always be protected from the wind and the hot afternoon sun.

They must be maintained in the shade if planted on the east side of a structure, since the intense afternoon light may be highly destructive.

Make sure your hydrangea has enough drainage.

Too damp soil may cause the roots to rot, and the plant will die as a result.

It’s critical to use a lot of organic matter as well as an all-purpose fertilizer. This will guarantee that the hydrangea gets off to a great start.

HYDRANGEAS GROWING

Hydrangeas like the shade and are often destroyed by the sun’s beams.

Hydrangeas may thrive in the sun if they are protected from the intense afternoon sun and kept out of the direct sunlight.

They require somewhat damp soil, but not soggy soil, since this might promote root rot in the plants.

FERTILIZER

A standard all-purpose fertilizer applied sparingly to the hydrangea will help it grow. Allow no fertilizer to get into contact with the plant’s leaves, since this might cause damage to the leaves.

THE HYDRANGEA TREE VS THE HYDRANGEA BUSH
The hydrangea bush is the most common kind of hydrangea. You may teach the shrubs to grow into trees, and some nurseries sell these trees.

Hydrangea trees may grow to be anywhere from 3 feet and 20 feet tall, depending on the kind.

PRUNING, FLOWERS, AND BLOOMS

Hydrangeas bloom on the plant’s oldest parts (old wood).

If your hydrangea isn’t flowering, it’s possible that you overpruned it, removing the older parts of the plant where the flowers develop.

Avoid trimming during the blossoming season, and remember to use colorful thread or gardening twine to tie off the sections you want to prune in the autumn.

This will ensure that your plant continues to develop and blossom at its best.

Deadhead the blossoms as soon as they’ve finished blooming.

If you wait too long, you risk accidentally deadheading the new blossoms and preventing the formation of fresh flowers.

When deadheading in the spring, be careful not to mistakenly deadhead young blossoms.

Weekly inspect the flowers and deadhead as the blossoms fade. This will ensure that fresh blooms bloom for a long period.

HYDRANGEAS DISEASE AND COMMON PESTS

Molds and mildews are fairly common on hydrangeas.

Keep an eye on how the leaves are growing and avoid getting water on them.

To eradicate molds, mildews, and fungus that form on the leaves, make a foliage spray with one quart of water and two uncoated aspirin tablets dissolved in that water and spray the foliage.

To prevent the fungus from spreading to the rest of the plant, destroy any seriously damaged leaves. It’s preferable to burn them to ensure that the fungus are entirely destroyed.

Hydrangeas come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, and lavender.

The real color of the hydrangea is determined by the soil in where it is placed, as well as the pH and quantity of Alkaline in the soil.

Pink flowers will bloom in soils with a pH of 6.0 or higher, whereas blue to lavender blooms will bloom in more acidic soils with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.

Reduce the pH levels in the soil using aluminum sulfate if you have pink flowers and want to change them blue.

If you want blue or purple blossoms, you may also apply lime to boost the pH level.

Hydrangeas are a beautiful addition to any landscape, and they thrive in gloomy spots as well as regions with filtered sunshine.

My best wishes for your hydrangeas!

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