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Hydrangea care tips

by User Not Found | Jul 18, 2014



Hydrangeas are looking amazing this year & Jean has some super tips for you on how to care for them...

Planting
Hydrangeas do well in a large pot or when planted directly into the ground.

Check the PH in your soil is suitable:

  • Blue & white hydrangeas like a low PH (below PH5) or you can plant them in lime-free compost e.g Ericaceous Compost, Brown Gold. 
  • Pink hydrangeas like a neutral to high PH (PH 7 - 9) or you can plant them in a multi-purpose compost or into ordinary soil.
Care
  • Hydrangeas love water so don't let them dry out (their name comes from the word ‘Hydro’ meaning water)
  • Feed pink hydrangeas with an All-purpose plant food for flowering plants e.g. Growmore or Miracle Gro
  • Feed blue hydrangeas with an lime-free Ericaceous feed e.g. Miracle Gro Ericaceous feed

TOP TIP: Don’t cut back your hydrangeas at all. They set their flowers in year 1 for year 2 so if you cut them back they won’t flower in the second year.
You can cut out any unwanted broken or poor stems to tidy the plant.

Jean’s Bio  
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.