Shares information on growing brighter hydrangeas in your garden

This week, Ken Lain, a mountain gardener at the Prescott Waters Garden Center, shares information on growing brighter hydrangeas in your garden.He covers the best ways to grow hydrangeas in Arizona and answers whether they are easy to grow and whether they can be grown in full shade.
Hydrangea has been a popular garden plant for decades.These versatile shrubs thrive in granite soils, shady woodlands, and just about anywhere.From May you will find the most varieties and the best plantings.Hydrangeas have large, round clusters of flowers, while others have slender, delicate flowers.The showy flowers come in a variety of colors, including bright blue, crimson, and pink, with mixed leaves.Once planted, hydrangeas will reproduce, averaging 2 feet per year.
Most hydrangeas are adaptable to a variety of conditions.From USDA planting zones 5 to 9, they are generally hardy.They will grow as long as they are planted in well-drained soil and plenty of potting soil.
Plan to water your hydrangeas regularly, especially during the hot summer months.Fertilize twice a month with Watters Flower Power for best blooming results.You may also need some yearly pruning, but it shouldn’t be excessive.if(typeof ez_ad_units!=’undefined’){ez_ad_units.push([[580,400],’signalsaz_com-medrectangle-3′,’ezslot_1′ ,159,’0′,’0′])};if(typeof __ez_fad_position! =’undefined’){__ez_fad_position(‘div-gpt-ad-signalsaz_com-medrectangle-3-0′)};
Hydrangeas do well in full shade in Arizona with the partial shade provided by tall trees, especially if they receive morning sun and partial shade in the afternoon heat.
Hydrangea grow well in containers planted directly in Waters potting soil.They tolerate many soil types as long as they are drained.One of the benefits of growing hydrangeas is changing their flower color.Although determined to some extent by the cultivar, the color can be adjusted by the amount of aluminum in the soil and the pH of the soil.Soil pH determines the availability of aluminum to plants.Acidic soils (aluminum available to plants) produce blue flowers, while alkaline soils (less aluminum available to plants) produce pink flowers.
have fun!Lower the alkalinity in the garden by adding aluminum sulfate to the soil in the spring, turning the flowers from pink to blue.
Unless you have rain, hydrangeas like weekly deep watering.In hot summer weather, you’ll slightly increase the amount of water you give your plants, but make sure they’re not sitting in soggy soil.
Hydrangea likes mild temperatures.In regions with severe winters, dieback may occur.Plant hydrangeas in a sheltered area to protect them from cold winds.A north-east facing site is ideal where the temperature remains more constant.
Most hydrangeas are given too much chemical nitrogen, resulting in lush shrubs with few flowers.Use Watters 7-4-4 All-Purpose Plant Food every spring, summer and fall for better blooms.Easter, the 4th of July, and Halloween are great holiday reminders to feed your hydrangea properly.
Hydrangea can make people and animals sick when ingested.Symptoms of toxicity in humans and animals include nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and lethargy.The contents of cyanogenic glycosides in leaves, buds and flowers were higher.
There are two broad categories of hydrangeas: plants that bloom on current year’s stems and plants that bloom on last year’s stems.Varieties include:
Hydrangeas require minimal pruning.Reduce the size of the plant or prevent it from tipping over by removing older canes after the flowers have faded.This reduces crowding and encourages booming new growth.In early spring, remove dead or damaged wood by cutting branches back to a set of healthy buds.If you have a large, mature shrub, you can remove several older stems.
This article was written by Ken Lane.He can be found throughout the week at the Watters Garden Center at 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or contact him through his website at WattersGardenCenter.com or Top10Vegetables.com.
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