Do you love hydrangeas? Are you having trouble growing them? They are such a southern staple plant and they really don’t take much care. Here are my three favorite easy care tips for beautiful hydrangeas.
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Sun or Shade?
While hydrangeas like sun, here in the south, they need some afternoon shade or they will wilt. Mine are actually in a little too much sun, but I am making some changes to that flower bed and adding some taller plants that will one day provide a bit more shade. Watering them during our hot dry summers is necessary when in full sun especially.
Do your hydrangea leaves get ugly spots and then drop off? This is caused by a fungal disease. This disease is spread by overhead watering. You will need to dispose of the diseased leaves and treat the plant with a spray such as Daconil or Fungicide.
Want to change the color of your hydrangeas? Changing the ph of your soil allows you to do this. Alkaline soil creates pink hydrangeas and acidic soil makes them blue. (the white ones can’t be changed) Purples are found somewhere in between.
Alkaline: Add Lime to the soil.
Acidity: Adding coffee grounds, egg shells, citrus peels to the soil will slowly change the ph, Or if you are in a hurry purchase Aluminum Sulfate and apply to the soil beneath the plant.
Hydranges are such easy care shrubs and such beautiful long lasting blooms! That’s near perfection in my world. AND… the blossoms dry easily for fall and winter decorating indoors too! Click on this link if you’d like to learn the Easiest Way to Dry Hydrangeas.
Or if you’d like planting and pruning tips for Hydrangeas, read this article by the Farmer’s Almanac.