Origins and characteristics of hydrangea

The hydrangea is a flowering shrub native to Japan and North America, belonging to the Hydrangea family. The hydrangea is characterized by its flowers gathered in a ball shape, in white, pink, red, purple or even blue colors. Hydrangea can be grown in bedding, in the ground, or in pots or planters. There are fifteen species of hydrangeas in the world.

Peculiarities of hydrangea

If well cared for, a hydrangea can measure between one and two meters high, it usually grows 50 cm per year.

Hydrangea cultivation

Thehydrangea shrub flowering is usually planted in autumn, in order to have a superb flowering between June and October. The color of the flowers strongly depends on the soil used and its maintenance. The more acidic the soil, the more blue your hydrangea flowers, and the more limestone the soil, the more likely you are to have flowers ranging from pink to red. Be careful not to place your hydrangeas in a location receiving the midday sun, as they may perish.

Hydrangea care

The use of fertilizers is recommended if you want to promote the flowering of hydrangeas. It is also possible to place slates at the foot of hydrangeas to intensify their blue color. Hydrangeas are propagated only by cuttings, in July, August or even in September. Cultivation of the hydrangea is simple, just remove the wilted flowers after flowering, and prune the shrubs in March. If you do not prune your hydrangeas, the flowering will be less abundant. Young hydrangeas are sensitive to frost, a protective veil is recommended from November to February on subjects planted for less than two years.

Hydrangea watering

It is best to keep the soil of your hydrangea always moist, without drowning the plant. Water frequently but not excessively, preferably with rainwater.

Hydrangea problem and diseases

The cochineal is the main enemy of the hydrangea, do not hesitate to apply an insecticide treatment in the spring, as a preventive measure. Find the hydrangeas in the store!