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11/05/2014 at 12:20

 Are hydrangeas awkward plants? I bought this one yesterday at a plant sale and don't know whether to keep it in the pot or plant it out. My husband thinks they won't grow around here as he hasn't noticed any around the area.

11/05/2014 at 12:24

Hydrangeas are easy to grow lulu, they flower on wood produced the previous year, and the colour is determined by the ph of the soil. They like moist but well drained conditions and will do well in full sun or semi shaded positions. The one you have looks very healthy and should do well where it is. 

11/05/2014 at 13:58

Plant it out, they grow away anywhere, i have some beautiful ones in complete shade, others in full sun, very easy plant.

11/05/2014 at 15:17

Unless of course you live in an area where there are hard late frosts. In which case, while the plant lives, it never flowers as the new growth is killed by the frost. We have a few still around the garden and they have rarely flowered for us, as we get incredibly cold east winds which burn off the new stems almost every year. Even though they are planted in the most sheltered spot we have.

Give it a whirl though.

11/05/2014 at 17:18

Lulu, just another point,when it flowers if its blue and you want to repot or pot into garden then you need to make sure it has acid soil (lots of Aluminium in the soil )   5.5 to 5 PH , Mauve colour is acid to neutral soil, Alkaline for pink flowers and to enhance the pink just give a little limestone or chalk, if your garden soil is not acid then it will turn pinkish, and if you can ,only use rainwater.  

11/05/2014 at 20:06

Thanks all !

11/05/2014 at 20:56

And moisture.  Hydangeas love water, ESP during the growing season. They won't like a poor dry soil.  Get some good stuff in when you plant it Lulu.  And a little shade.

Did it have a label Lulu?  Saying colour etc?  

Hydrangeas are fairly easy to grow and flower given above comditions.  They can grow quite large too  

11/05/2014 at 21:07

Just said hydrangea pink on the label

11/05/2014 at 21:24

You might take a look at other kinds of hydrangea, I recently got vanilla fraise and love 'lime lights' too.

11/05/2014 at 23:27

Lulu if your soil is alkaline your pink hydrangea is perfect.  It will turn more purple if your soil is acid but no amount of "bluing" will turn it blue.  So feed it,water it and enjoy it 

12/05/2014 at 09:41

And i forgot White /Greenish stays that colour nothing will change it, and cuttings are just so easy and for FREE

12/05/2014 at 14:06

Great!! That's a price I like

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