Best Hacks for Healthy Hydrangea Blooms

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Hydrangeas are beautiful plants that can add a pop of color to any garden. Hydrangeas come in many different colors, but blue is the most popular. They typically bloom between mid to late summer.

However, achieving healthy-looking blooms will take some effort and care on your part. Here are the best hacks for healthy hydrangea blooms.

Learn When Cut Back Hydrangea Flowers

One of the most important things you need to know about keeping your hydrangeas healthy is when to cut back the flowers. If you leave the flowers too long, it will stunt your plant’s growth.

According to RHS (Royal Horticultural Society), the right time to cut back hydrangeas and other plants is during late winter or early spring. Cut back climbing hydrangeas immediately after blooming.

How to Cut Back the Flowers

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If you are going to cut back the flowers, you must do it correctly. You don’t want to damage the plant by cutting it too short. It is best to use a pair of garden shears to cut the flowers back.

Look at the flower and find where it branches off from the main stem. Cut just above that point. When cutting, be sure to angle the stem so the water will run off of the stem. But take note that cutting too much at a go can limit flowering next summer. To avoid such, stagger drastic pruning after every two or three years. You can also prune off any dead flowers or leaves.

For hardier species like lace caps, cut back the head of old flowers to the second set of leaves. Doing so will stop the development of seeds which drain more energy and nutrients from the plant.

If you have plants in bad health or neglected, cut all of their stems from the bottom. It is the best way of reviving them.

Learn When to Water Your Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas love descent watering, but too much can be detrimental. Watering them twice to thrice a week is enough for them. Follow the below tips when watering hydrangeas:

  • Avoid watering the flower heads as they should remain dry.
  • Water the plant early in the morning or late in the evening during hot days. This practice allows the plant to hydrate as it rests.
  • Help the soil retain moisture by mulching it with organic matter.

Look out for dropping leaves; they symbolize that the plant is thirsty!

Best Soil for Hydrangeas

The best soil for hydrangeas is rich, moist, and well-draining. It should retain a fair amount of moisture without becoming waterlogged. Do not allow the soil to dry off, especially during summer.

Improve your soil’s quality by adding organic matter like compost or manure. Or else, choose to grow your hydrangeas in pots. Ensure to use a pot with drainage holes and use a soil mix made explicitly for container gardening.

When to Plant Hydrangeas

Knowing when to plant hydrangeas will reward you with years of beauty. The best time to plant new hydrangeas is when the soil temperatures are higher during the spring. The plant will be able to establish itself before winter sets in.

Inspect Your Hydrangeas for Pests and Diseases

Pests and diseases are common problems for hydrangeas. The common pests are mites, Japanese beetles, aphids, and thrips, while powdery mildew, botrytis blight, and hydrangea leaf spot are common diseases.

Protect your hydrangeas from pests and diseases by inspecting them regularly for any signs of infestation or infections. Use insecticidal soap to control mild infections and chemical solutions for severe infections.

Conclusion

Healthy hydrangeas will not only make your garden beautiful but also increase its value. To keep them healthy and beautiful, follow the tips above. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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