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Nikko Blue Hydrangea

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This is a beautiful flowering shrub for areas in your yard that have full or partial shade. The big, round, blue flowers are also stunning in a vase.

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Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Mop Head sized Blooms Brighten Your Yard All Summer Long


The Benefits of Bare-Root Trees...

Bare-root trees are grown in a field and naturally have a larger root system than container grown trees. This means you get a plant that will become established quicker and provide you with superior growth in the spring.

Your tree arrives dormant (sleeping for the winter). Without foliage to support, it doesn't require as much water or nutrients to survive. So transplanting is stress-free.

If you plant in the winter, your roots will continue to grow and become more established. When spring arrives you will see bright new foliage appearing.

Selling bare-root trees allows us to offer you a higher quality product at a lower price.

1-2 ft.

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List: $ 49.90
Sale: $ 32.44
6 at $ 30.82 each
Planting Mix for Shrubs and Hedges
Planting Mix

Helps your Nikko Blue Hydrangea get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 9.09
Nikko Blue Hydrangea
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 7.74

Huge fabulous blue flowers are a knockout addition to your landscape.

Hydrangeas are a favorite yard and garden specimen plant and Nikko Blue is a very popular shrub for summer beauty. N

ikko Blue Hydrangea blooms last a long time and make excellent cut flowers for romantic bouquets for your home décor. The blooms also make a great dried flower arrangement, allowing even a beginner to retain great color. Imagine vibrant blue flowers to add some uniquely lovely pizzazz to a Christmas wreath or dinner centerpiece!

An easy to grow shrub that is very resistant to pests and diseases, Nikko Blue is a treasured addition to any part shade area in your yard.

Hydrangea leaves are very unique and easy keepers that require little maintenance. While they adore good moisture, they prove to be good at tolerating drought once established.

These huge brilliant flowers are so striking and unusual in color that they can steal the show on any street. Plant in masses or as a single color statement… you’ll be enchanted with the cloud of gorgeous blossoms. 

Nikko Blue Hydrangeas from Fast Growing Trees are guaranteed to bloom quick!

This hydrangea shrub matures at 5-feet to 6-feet high and wide, an impressive medium sized shrub when literally engulfed beneath the massive blue blooms.

Now is the best time to order several to add unequaled beauty and color to your home landscape.

This shrub is guaranteed to flower within the first year after you receive it.

Now is the best time to order several to enhance your outdoor areas.




Growing Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 5-6 ft.
Mature Width: 5-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant your Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Specific Directions for Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Plant your Nikko Blue Hydrangea in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Nikko Blue Hydrangeas can tolerate full sun, but prefer partial shade. Morning sun and afternoon shade provide optimal growing conditions. Plant your Nikko Blue Hydrangeas about three feet apart for a hedge.

Nikko Blue Hydrangeas prefer slightly acidic soil but will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Keep your soil moist, not over saturated. Nikko Blue Hydrangeas need about an inch of water a week.

Fertilize your Nikko Blue Hydrangea in the early Spring and late Summer with an acidic fertilizer. Nikko Blue Hydrangea blooms first emerge in the Summer and last into the fall. If your blooms are dull or off color add sulfur to your soil.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Nikko Blue Hydrangea .

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Nikko Blue Hydrangea gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Nikko Blue Hydrangea again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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these Blue Hydrangea are very beautiful but you need to tell people they dont stay blue. you need a certain type of soil to keep them blue. if i would of known this before i bought them i am not sure if i would of bought them.
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When do I cut the hydrangea backfor the following year?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: Don't. Wait another season before cutting them back
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How large is a 1 gallon plant compared to the 3 gallon plant?
Stevie B on Jul 1, 2014
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We live in eastern North Carolina in Brunswick county. My question is "is it too late to plant these Hydrangea this summer?
Tony H on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: We did not receive our plants until July and they did very well for us. Our winter was rather harsh on them, but they both came back this spring and they're looking great.
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Can this plant survive in below zero temps.?
cookie on Sep 22, 2014
Best Answer: I purchased two blue hydrangea last year and planted one in the yard bed and the other in a large pot. Central Texas got several nights of freezing weather this year and while I didn't lose either of the plants I think they were ...."stunted" because they didn't bloom even tho they grew to about three feet. I still have both and have been feeding a different fertilizer to see what will happen. too late to expect a blossom this year but we'll keep these warm this winter and hope for the best in speing 2015.
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Do they bloom on current year's or last year's wood? Also looking for one that has a shine on the leaf.
Thomas C on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer: Although I purchased this Hydrangea, I can't answer your question because I was too eager to put it outside in the spring and received a late frost. I brought it in to did! I put it back outside. It has no blooms but it is getting big and healthy. I have purchased from Fast Growing Trees 3-4 times. I'm very happy with the quality of their plants! I think this hydrangea will really show out next year. Good luck. I'm sure it will do well, as all their products I purchased has done. I would purchase another one. ~Jeanette
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leaves are brown how to care for hydrangea ?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
Best Answer: I have not seen brown leaves. Hydrangeas get droopy leaves when they need water. We have had dry spells this year where they leaves became droopy, just a little water perked them up in 15 minutes. I suggest checking online plant forums for brown leaves, perhaps using too much soil acidifier makes the leaves brown.
Reply · Report · Charles H on Jul 29, 2014
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do the plants do well planted late fall?
A shopper on Sep 21, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, I put mine in last fall and it is doing very well
Reply · Report · Dennis K on Sep 21, 2014
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best time to plant hydrangea in the north east?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry, but I live in SE.
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how are the plants delivered?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2014
Best Answer: These plants are shipped in a pot, or if the pot is too big the root balls are wrapped in burlap. The roots are carefully packaged to create a mini green house effect in order to provide the plants with water and nutrients during transit. They're delivered via FedEx.
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I just planted my Nantucket Blue Hydrangea and it was beautiful until the next day, now the leaves are drooping, they are not dry but they look like they are about to die, Please let me know if there is anything I can do to keep it?
Rosemary D on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: It's probably just experiencing some shipping shock. Plants will shed their leaves in order to protect themselves while transitioning to their new environment. Care for your Hydrangea as normal and give it about 3 weeks to perk up and improve.
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I bought 3 of these plant are they ever suppose to bloom yellow flowers?
Cindy H on Oct 15, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.