A hydrangea is loved by many gardeners. It is a beautiful-in-bloom bush which can winter in open ground. Hydrangea flowering starts in the height of summer and goes on till the autumn. Let’s make out with features of planting and caring of hydrangea.
Planting and caring of hydrangea have its features.
Unlike other plants a hydrangea likes being in shade and penumbra, it suffers from direct sun. Under the impact of sun a hydrangea delays growth and development, its inflorescences become small. Hydrangea should be planted in spring when soil is warmed up and night frosts are over. During the planting organic and mineral fertilizers are used. Soil should be mellow.
A hydrangea adores damp. That is why mulch soil after watering. In that case soil will be damp longer. Use sawdust, pine needle, peat as mulch.
For watering one needs soft water (rainy water) because the plant can’t stand lime. Tap water should be settled. Sometimes it dosn’t save from leaves chlorosis. Every bush should take at least two pails of water per week. Usually the watering is carried out in the morning or evening, when there is no hot sun.
A hydrangea should be fertilized twice a month. Ash cannot be used. But one can use fertilization for rhododendrons, heathers and azaleas.
Be careful with a nitrogen dosing. Too much nitrogen may lead to bad winter resistance. Moreover, it causes plant diseases due to an abatement of a stem turgor.
For the winter a hydrangea needs a shelter. Firstly, the plant is strewn with conifer branches and haulm; secondly, it is covered with a box. Many breeds don’t need a shelter. The only thing you should take care of is snow from the roofs – hydrangea shoots are very fragile.
Talking about planting and caring of a hydrangea it is worth mentioning of the plant ability to change colour of flowers depending on soil acidity. If you want to get blue and dark blue flowers, fertilize the soil with salts of iron and alum twice a month. If you put them only from one side, you can get the plant with blue and pink flowers simultaneously.
Gardener amateurs usually propagate a hydrangea dividing the bush and cutting. If a bush is big enough, a sup is made around the bush in 15cm from a stalk. It is advisable to dig with pitchfork while the soil is damp. Then the bush is slightly bowed and, not taking out of a hole, cut up with a sharp knife or a shovel.
Cuttings are prepared in the first part of a season. It’s nice to take those sprouts which are cut out during a thinning.
Two lower leaves of it are plucked. Then coarse send is added to the soil, a cutting is put into the soil at a small angle. To avoid an active evaporation upper leaves are cropped by two thirds.
To quicken the process cuttings are covered with a top part of a plastic cup, bottle or a glass cup. The establishment is carried out in shade, the damp is also important. Young hydrangeas are transplanted to a permanent place on the third year. How to prepare holes we will talk about later.
A hydrangea has a good reaction on trimming. Faded inflorescences are removed as far as they get dry during the summer, closer to the autumn. Thinning trimming is made at the spring, after buds awake. Weak and frozen sprouts are removed as well as old branches.
A hydrangea is good for both solitary and group planting. If your exit is on the north site, you can plant hydrangeas near it, at a front garden. But remember sometimes the plant needs a lot of place – about 1.5 meters.
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Mixborders, where a curb includes three and more hydrangea bushes, will look good on the big sites. The plants with the help of its natural spreading forms create an inimitable wavy accent in the landscape of a garden, nicely emphasizing on the site size. Their presence in a mixborder will be a godsend at natural restrictions of garden zones and recreation arias. Their height doesn’t prevent from extension of optical projection deep into the site. Nevertheless, zooning effect stays.
Hydrangeas are significant plants, which appearance brings the happiness for many years. They perfectly fit to different styles of garden decorations. Caring of these plants doesn’t require a lot of power. If the right place is chosen and there is enough damp, they are quite unpretentious. Plant this beautiful bush at your garden and the hydrangea beauty will charm you.
bostut on 2016-02-26 17:34:35 said:That design looks pretty well inspite of different combinations of flowers seems like all of them comes from the same origin. Bushes especially give an adittional charm thanks to it’s form which approach to whole picture and that’s a good character of them to live long love which doesn’t need to have much care of the host in case of choosing right place. Really nice look.
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