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Aug 29

Caring for Hydrangeas: Our Top 4 Tips for Success

Hydrangeas remain one of the most popular plant varieties available, and for good reason: From their huge blooms to their wide array of color options, Hydrangeas offer a lot of versatility. Andtypically, they're pretty easy to maintain.

However, Hydrangeas can also be notoriously water-needy, fail to bloom and die back early.We've gotten a lot of questionsabout caring for Hydrangeas, so we've put together asimple care guide. So, grow above and beyond, whether you're a novice or an expert...check out our 4 quick tips for Hydrangea success!

Caring for Hydrangeas

1.Color Changes

Keep in mind that all Hydrangeas can experience some color change as their blooms age.

However, theBigleaf and Mountain Hydrangeas are the only varietieswhere you canalter their colors intentionally. And contrary to popular belief, more than just the soil's pH determines color change - the presence of aluminum also plays a role.

It's also easier to make the transition from pink to blue than vice versa. Why? It's all about the aluminum!

Changing a hydrangea from pink to bluesimply involves adding aluminum to the soil, while changing from blue to pink meansremoving aluminum from the soil, which is a bit more difficult.If you do want to change your Hydrangea's color,start with a soil test and read all directions carefully.

2. All About Soil & Planting

Surprisingly, your soil typeisn't a huge componentwhen it comes to your Hydrangea's success. You just have to plant in moist but well-drained soil since Hydrangeas don't tolerant wet feet (a gardening term for oversaturated or waterlogged soil).

Your next step? Picka location so that your Hydrangea can reach its full size without the need for pruning, and plant at the same depth asits shipped container. Basically, dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the rootball + the bit of extra room the pot provides.

And the best time to plant will beearly summer or fall. Ifyou're wanting to transplant, wait until your plant is dormant and hasdropped its leaves in late fall or winter.