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01/04/2014 at 16:03

hi all got a lovely hydrangea for mothers day it's beautiful greeny cream into pink want to plant out and keep colour, any advice?

01/04/2014 at 16:54

you will have to feed (A) copper or (B) a dandelion solution made from the roots and soaked in  a bucket and then 50mls to a litre of water and just sometimes it works and keeps them blue.

01/04/2014 at 17:37

But she wants to keep it creamy pink!  

Pink mophead macrophylla hydrangeas will stay pink on chalky soil.  They will turn mauve/blueish if your soil is acid.  

However, my guess is that your hydrangea isn't a macrophylla - it sounds like H paniculata 'Limelight' or similar - the lime content of the soil won't affect its colour.

Does it have a label?


01/04/2014 at 17:55

My paniculater still looks like a dead stick 

01/04/2014 at 19:14

My vanilla fraise has only just barely started budding, perhaps they are later than the others.

01/04/2014 at 22:25

Please refer to my post of. Mystery of pH values.  Being a kind old gent.!   Blue requires a soil pH of 4.0-5,0  Pink. 6.0-7.0  White  6.5-8.0  Local garden centres usually have prepared aids.

01/04/2014 at 22:27
star gaze lily wrote (see)

My paniculater still looks like a dead stick 


Mine too Lily

02/04/2014 at 16:19

dove no it doesn't just from tesco, our soil is acid i think judging from lots of successful camellias rhododendrons in neighbours gardens, i haven't tested soil, thanks mike for details, it may be worth testing as although i like blue this is one of the prettiest i've seen,

02/04/2014 at 16:43

If it doesn't have a label can you show us a pic, then we'll know whether it's a macrophylla or not 

02/04/2014 at 16:54

Dad used to bury bits of iron underneath his hydrangeas, down in Devon.  They were all shades of mauve - very pretty.

03/04/2014 at 17:42

I noticed, last weekend, that my mop-head has got some buds on it.    Not leaf buds,(they've been there sometime now) but flower buds!!!   I live in the West Midlands so not a particularly mild area.

08/04/2014 at 08:33

watching gw i'm fairly sure is macrophylla know advice to keep pink is alkaline soil just don't want it to turn dark or go reddish, phoned tesco cust services to get exact variety still waiting to hear back

08/04/2014 at 09:44

hi Rosemary this i find is the simple way  from Changing the colour of Hydrangeas, i think a nice cream Hydrangea is one of the best looking to have ,which normally might go a little pink but normaly stays cream, decide when buying what colour you want and understand the soil it likes simple as that, after that you can to a degree alter some colours its all in the above link,,exiting these now coming back into fashion plants are

08/04/2014 at 23:43

What soil? Please  if i dig out a very small place  12 inch, area in the lawn. Its grown for 3 year and i do not lie , its no bigger in the 3 years. small and new green grow.

Its has been unattended and no soil cultivation for years. 

I want to dig it out and move it tiny. Maybe 5 stalks and no bigger than 1 foot square (there is no hight only 2/3 inch max) What is the worst that can happen? Can i take a square out of the lawn and plant it there with good soil elements ( a bit like a open pot in the wettest part of the lawn (south facing).?



09/04/2014 at 10:10

Edd, Twelve inch hole is not big enough.  Dig a decent hole, put some leafmould or compost in the bottom to conserve moisture.  Then some compost mixed with soil.  Then put in the hydrangea and fill in all round.  Feed with hydrangea feed (at planting and each year in Spring).  Water well and wait for the growth, which should start around now (April). Here in south of France it is too hot in the sun and the leaves burn, but in the UK I should think full sun is fine.  Good luck!   Or start again with a bigger, healthier plant!

11/04/2014 at 08:34

been looking at preps seem to be able to find plenty to turn it blue but nothing to keep it pale don't mind it going a  little lilac but want it pale the light pink and cream is so pretty

11/04/2014 at 17:46

If it's in alkali/chalky soil it'll stay as it is 

12/04/2014 at 10:42

it's not it's acid though i'm presuming this as rhododendrons and camellias in ours and neighbours not actually tested

12/04/2014 at 10:55

rosemummy -  Camellias and Rhodies grow perfectly well in neutral soil. There is a bit of a misconception about this. I have neutral soil here and the inherited rhodo at the front door was covered in blooms last year :


12/04/2014 at 10:59

thanks fairy that's v useful i'll plant it next week and we'll see, will it flower again this year does any1 think? obviously was flowering march as it was mothers day supermarket gift

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