Hydrangea Top Tips
The unmistakable blooming clusters of a Hydrangea have become a staple in many gardens. Available in pink, blue, purple, lime green, and creamy white, there are several different varieties to choose from. When planted into acidic soil, blue or purple flowers will bloom. While alkaline soil will produce pink flowers. For blue blooms we recommend using Westland Ericaceous compost while a more multipurpose compost such as John Innes will support pink blooms. In other words,
Hydrangeas will bloom as early as Spring, but typically flower from June through Autumn. For optimal results, position your Hydrangea in an area of the garden which receives full morning sun and partial afternoon sun would be ideal. A little dappled light creates a magnificent display across the bouncy flower-tops. Hydrangeas will grow just about anywhere and therefore are suitable for beds, borders, or containers. If growing your hydrangea in a pot, keep an eye on the soil’s moisture levels to ensure the plant is receiving enough water. This hardy shrub will benefit from a little fertiliser at the beginning of the plant’s flowering period and does not need to be cut back. Some lacecap varieties will tolerate pruning in early Spring.
Hydrangeas grow well in Ireland as they can handle the salty air of coastal locations. Not only will a Hydrangea be a treat in the garden, but they will also supply you with fabulous cut flowers all season long. With a little water, your cut Hydrangeas should last a week in a vase. For more information on our range of Hydrangeas and other Summer flowering plants, visit our garden centre in Cork.