Today's hydrangeas provide your garden with amazing color and flowers that bloom all summer long.
If you cannot plant right away, keep your hydrangeas well watered as they dry out quickly in their pots. They will require a good soaking each day, sometimes twice a day if it is hot and windy.
Most hydrangeas flower best when planted in good, rich garden soil and a full day of sun. Some varieties like the Incrediball Hydrangea can tolerate a partial day of sun. Improve your soil by adding peat moss or a 50/50 mixture of peat moss and top soil. Adding extra peat moss at planting will get your hydrangeas off to a faster start and make it easier for you to get them established.
Planting and Watering
Begin by digging a hole twice the size of the root ball, and putting the amended soil in the bottom. Gently remove the pot and place your hydrangea in the hole so it is at the same level as in the pot. Fill around the root ball with the amended soil, firming it gently to eliminate air pockets. Build a rim of soil to form a basin 18-24" across so that the water is concentrated at the root zone and does not run off. Keep grass and weeds from growing within 18-24" from the base of your hydrangeas.
Hydrangeas grow best with good even watering. Water deeply when the soil at the base of your plant starts to dry slightly, usually several times a week in the early season and more often during hot, dry weather. Remember to keep watering your hydrangeas into the fall. They still need plenty of water even though the weather is cooler.
Each variety of hydrangea has different pruning requirements. It can be a little confusing to keep them all straight. We are always happy to provide the best pruning information when you need it. Call us at 231-347-3366 or better yet, stop by our greenhouse and one of our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process!