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Hydrangea Planting Guide

By Lee Dobbins Created: June 20, 2010 Last Updated: June 20, 2010
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HYDRANGEAS:There are many different varieties, all of which grow to different heights, work better in some areas than in others, and require different levels of care.  (Photos.com )

HYDRANGEAS:There are many different varieties, all of which grow to different heights, work better in some areas than in others, and require different levels of care. (Photos.com )

With hydrangea planting, you first need to choose what type of hydrangeas you want to plant. There are many different varieties, all of which grow to different heights, work better in some areas than in others, and require different levels of care.

For the most part, you will find hydrangeas very large and beautiful plants. First determine the area where you want to plant them, as this will help you in determining the specific plant you want in regard to height. You can expect a hydrangea to grow anywhere from 4 to 12 feet tall, so you want to take this into consideration when planting.

Furthermore, choosing the site is probably the hardest thing about hydrangea planting. You have to be really careful of where you choose to plant your hydrangea.

Consider the amount of sunlight the area gets, as well as when it gets the most sunlight. Most hydrangeas thrive in areas that receive partial to full sunlight. Performance is at its best when the plant receives full sun in the morning hours and shade during the afternoons.

Next, look for an area in which the plant will be protected from wind. In an area that experiences high wind, the foliage will dry out and cause extensive stress on the hydrangea.

Because hydrangeas are one of the easiest to plant and require the less fuss, you can relax knowing that the plants can grow in many different types of soil. However, you do want to check the soil and make certain it remains moist and is prime for a plant. You will have no problems growing the plant in soil with lower pH levels; however, you will find that the soil itself can have a direct impact on the bloom color.

When to Plant

The most beneficial time of the year to plant hydrangeas is during the early fall season. You should check out the area where you want to plant and make sure you place compost in the soil mixture. Knowing the size of your plant’s root ball will help in determining the width of the hole you need to dig. You should dig a hole that is about 24 inches wider than that of the root measurement.

Hydrangea Care

Hydrangeas require relatively little fuss. You may need to prune the plant lightly to ensure a healthy plant. Fertilizing hydrangeas twice a year is recommended—once in the latter part of the fall season and once during early spring.

It is recommended that, when fertilizing, you use a slow-release compound. Be sure you do not over-fertilize the plant or you may find that you have beautiful foliage but little to no flowering.

Lee Dobbins writes for Backyard Garden and Patio where you can get more guides on planting different types of flowers. See http://www.backyard-garden-and-patio.com/




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