Question - Where do big leaf hydrangeas grow?

Answered by: Willie Mitchell  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 20-06-2022  |  Views: 1396  |  Total Questions: 12

Location. Bigleaf hydrangea prefers morning sun, afternoon shade and moist, well-drained soil. Avoid planting it on hot, dry, exposed sites. Bigleaf hydrangeas need moist, well-drained organic soil. Give it full sun to part shade; in the South, shade is essential. Mulch is helpful to help retain soil moisture. Do any pruning immediately after flowering; this shrub flowers on the previous season's growth (there are some exceptions among the cultivars). Hydrangeas are hardy from zones 4 through 9, and the heat in zone 9 means hydrangeas need extra protection. Because hydrangeas prefer moist, well-draining soil, they need a shady spot to keep the soil from drying out too quickly. As its name implies, the panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) features long panicles of white, densely-packed flowers. This is the largest of the shrub species and can reach a maximum average height and width of 15 and 12 feet respectively. It has been known to reach heights of 25 feet. Most hydrangeas thrive in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. Add compost to enrich poor soil. They prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, many will grow and bloom in partial shade. Space multiple hydrangeas about 3 to 10 feet apart.

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To get bigger flowers, cut them all the way back. In late winter or early spring, these shrubs can be cut all the way back to the ground. Smooth hydrangeas will produce much larger blooms if pruned hard like this each year, but many gardeners opt for smaller blooms on sturdier stems.

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Light-O-Day would be best planted on the east side to protect the variegated foliage. The only thing to watch for with hydrangeas on the south side is to make certain that you water deeply the first couple of years to grow good roots and get them established.

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Rooting Hydrangeas Hydrangeas are fairly easy to root. Some people have rooted them in water, but many others (such as myself) have never been able to make this work.

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Since they bloom on previous years' growth AND the new season's growth, you can leave them all winter long to achieve double the blooms next spring. Do NOT prune the hydrangea back in fall. Mound the mulch or leaves around your plants at least 12” high to protect the flower buds that will bloom early next year.

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Hydrangea Plant Care: Water Requirements Hydrangeas absorb water quickly. Keep the soil of hydrangea plants evenly moist and well drained, though this can take watering your plants possibly more than once per day. Hydrangeas grown outdoors as shrubs and garden plants do not need as much attention to watering.

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Repeat-blooming hydrangeas extend the traditional hydrangea season by months. Hydrangea paniculata, better known as panicle hydrangea, typically offers a flowering season from late spring to early summer, but plants retain the blossoms until they shatter, which can occur as late as winter.

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If you're growing hydrangeas, use coffee grounds to affect their color. Coffee grounds add extra acidity to the soil around hydrangeas. On a chemical level, this increased acidity makes it easier for the plant to absorb naturally occurring aluminum in the dirt. The effect is pretty blue clusters of flowers.

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Hydrangeas are classified as rapid growers, or 25 or more inches per year until the plant reaches maturity. A "tree" format plant will become at least 3 inches wide at a point 4 1/4 feet high and grow at least 13 feet high.

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The hydrangea should be watered thoroughly at least 3 times a week. Always water the plant all the way around the container, not just in one place. Water should come out the bottom of the pot. Never let it sit in water which will cause the roots to rot away.

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Oakleaf varieties are the easiest type of hydrangeas for beginners to grow. Why are oakleaf hydrangeas so easy? They aren't picky! Oakleaf hydrangeas can tolerate colder weather, handle more sun, withstand drought, are more disease/pest resistant and grow in sandy soil better than other hydrangeas.

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That's because some hydrangeas bloom on what is called "old wood", or branches that are at least a year old. Others bloom on "new wood", which is the new growth of the current season.

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Snowball hydrangea is a smaller shrub, growing 3 to 5 feet in height and width whose branches grow in a looser, more widely spaced out form. Like snowball bush, snowball hydrangea has toothed leaves, but with more shallow veins. Snowball hydrangea blooms from June through September and comes in different colors.