A huge hydrangea plant can be transplanted, but it will be quite heavy, so plan on getting help. Dig up as much of the hydrangea root ball as you can. The new planting location should be adequate to fit the plant's mature, unpruned size. Choose a location with well-drained soil. Place the plant in the new hole and fill with soil, tamping it down firmly to remove any air pockets. Water immediately to begin establishing roots in their new home.
Hydrangeas are deciduous plants that die back each year to create space for more growth. This is called "bud drop." Most hydrangeas need full sun and average water levels to do well. They like rich, moist soil with high organic matter content. If they get drought-stricken roots, they won't be able to reach for the sky when it comes time to bloom. That's when you'll see the blue or red berries waiting to be picked by birds or children.
The best way to avoid these problems is to keep an eye on your hydrangea and take measures if it starts to look dry. You could water it regularly or give it a good soaking if the rain stops but doesn't seem to have made its way to all parts of the garden. Don't let children play in the garden, either, because they're likely to put things in their mouths (such as flower buds) that aren't edible. Hydrangeas are toxic to humans if ingested.
Remove up to a third of the older live stems down to the ground each summer to revive the hydrangea. The plant will be revitalized as a result of this. If you need to manage the growth of the plant, trim it back before late July to allow for the development of buds. Typically, the plant will quickly recover to its original size. Allow at least half of the remaining stems to grow into new plants next year.
Hydrangeas are easy to care for and require little attention other than watering during dry periods. They like rich soil with plenty of organic matter in it, so don't over-fertilize them. Avoid planting hydrangeas near walls or other growing structures because their large leaves can block sunlight which would cause the bed to become dark even when not planted with a blue variety. Dark beds tend to look unsightly even when filled with flowers so be sure to give the hydrangeas some light exposure if you want to keep them looking nice.
Hydrangeas come in many colors, from pale pink to deep purple, and even black. Not all varieties of hydrangea will bloom, but those that do are usually blue, red, or white. There are also hybrid varieties that combine traits of several different hydrangeas in one flower. For example, there are blue-black hybrids and black-black-blue hybrids. It is also possible to get double blooms on some varieties of hydrangea; these are called superblues.
Hydrangea Planting Instructions
When the temperature cools down in late October or November, you may plant the hydrangea. Meanwhile, place it in a mostly shaded area and water it as needed. It should be fine even if it doesn't get any sunlight for part of the year.
Take a 5- to 6-inch-long clipping off a hydrangea shrub limb. According to most experts, the cutting will perform best if it is picked from a branch that did not blossom this year. Dip cuttings in rooting hormone (optional) before placing them in wet vermiculite, coarse sand, or other sterile media. Keep moist but not saturated. The temperature should be around 75 degrees F. During cold weather, cover plants with blankets or grow lights for increased growth.
Hydrangeas are deciduous plants that lose their leaves each year. They can be grown as perennials by dividing the root ball after planting or by separating the large branches during early spring before they develop buds. Either method allows new shoots to grow which will eventually replace the lost leaves and flowers. However, since hydrangeas are usually sold in groups of three or more, it is not necessary to keep them all until next season. Seeds are also available for purchase online and at some garden centers. These can be planted directly into the soil or placed in a container for indoor growing.
Yes, many hydrangeas leafed out early this year, only to be severely damaged by frost damage to their leaves and stems. Fortunately, they are robust plants that may be pruned down to the ground without causing damage. The hydrangeas will resprout from their roots in the fall and spring, giving you another chance to enjoy them.