How to Grow Your Best Hydrangeas Yet

Nothing is more inviting or attractive than luscious bunches of blooming hydrangeas accenting your garden or framing your front porch. With a few planting and care tips, those beautiful shades of pinks, purples and blues will be admired all summer long.

Planting

  • Plant in spring, waiting until well after the last frost
  • Rich, moist, organic soil is preferred for hydrangeas growth
  • A somewhat shaded area that gets sun exposure in the morning is ideal for hydrangeas to grow
  • The planting hole should be dug as deep as the root ball and three times the width
  • Once the plant is in the hole, fill half full with soil, then water. After the water has drained, fill the hole with soil and water again
  • Space the plants 3 to 10 feet apart to allow for plenty of growth space

Care

  • It is crucial, especially during droughts, that hydrangeas get plenty of water. Keep the soil moist to avoid wilting leaves
  • Do not prune before the flower blooms. Most hydrangeas can be pruned once the flowers fade in late spring. Pruning techniques vary based on the hydrangea variety
  • Fertilize with an organic, slow-release fertilizer 2-3 times during growing season
  • Keep the plants well mulched to help hold in moisture and enrich the soil
  • Once fall hits, cover the plants to protect them from winter temperatures and elements

There are several different species of hydrangeas, so be sure to pick a variety that will thrive in your climate. Speak to a garden specialist or research what species is right for you and your garden.