How & When to Plant Hydrangeas. A Step-by-Step Guide
Whether planting in an area for the first time or adding to your existing landscape, hydrangeas are a wonderful choice. Hydrangea plants have a variety of colors, meaning there’s one for everyone to have in their gardens or landscapes.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how and when to plant your hydrangea, information to know, and a few fun facts, too.
Before You Plant a Hydrangea
The 7 Steps to Planting Hydrangeas
1. Remove the plant from the container.
Carefully loosen the plant from the container. Wrapping your hand around the base of the stems, loosen the pot from around the dirt. Gently guide the plant from the pot.
2. Inspect the roots.
Once the plant has been removed from the container, check the root ball for any rotting or dead parts. Snip any parts that appear to be dead or appear to be rotting.
3. Loosen the roots.
If the roots of the plant are tightly bound, gently shake them loose. You can cut a few of the outside roots if necessary. Do not be rough and vigorously shake them. Free the roots by gently rubbing and squeezing the soil. This allows the roots to spread.
4. Dig your hole.
The hole for your shrub should measure two to three times as big or wide as the root ball of the plant. The hole should be deep enough for the stem base of the plant to rest level with the hole.
5. Place the plant in the hole.
Place the plant in the hole and add the dirt a little at a time. The soil should be pressed gently to the sides of the plant. This will give the plant support and remove any air pockets. Stop adding soil at about the halfway mark.
6. Water the plant.
Once the soil and plant are firmly in place, generously water the plant. The water should be left to drain. Allow it to fully absorb into the soil then continue to add soil. Gently press the soil to the sides of the plant until the roots are covered. Only about one inch of the stem or trunk should get covered by the soil.
7. Water frequently.
It is important to generously water newly transplanted hydrangeas. Since the roots are not fully functioning, daily watering for the first few days is recommended.
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Fun Facts about Hydrangeas
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Hydrangeas are a beautiful addition to your landscape. You can enjoy its large blooms through summer and possibly in the early fall. The variety of colors and shapes has something for everyone. From containers to gardens, you can plant them to your liking. It’s always a good idea though, to keep them away from your pets.
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