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Hydrangeas are sun-loving plants. While they prefer morning sun and shade in afternoon, they can’t survive under the complete shade. 

  • For the most common hydrangea plants such as lacecaps, pink mopheads, macrophyllas and blue mopheads, proper sun and partial shade is an utmost crucial factor.  Lack of sun can result in no to sparse flowers and poor development of the blooms.
  • If you are living in sunny climate with no shade, it is better to keep the pots in shade during noon or plant PeeGee hydrangeas that love full sun with proper watering. Oakeaf do amazing if they get at least sun for 5 hours and afternoon shade. The blooms develop fully and have vibrant colors.
  • Hydrangea plants reach about the height and width of 4x4 and hence, it is advised to choose a location and planting site accordingly.  The best way to identify hydrangea-friendly soil is to grow grass.  If grass can’t grow in the soil, hydrangea won’t either. The large trees block the nutrition and sun for the delicate hydrangea.  So, it is advised that you don’t plant them anywhere under the trees.
  • The plant needs well-drained and properly fertilized soil. Make the soil even with pinebark much if it is heavy.
  • The plant needs well-moist soil but overwatering can lead to rotten roots. During droughts or full sun, it is important to keep the soil moist.  Oakleaf, especially is very particular about drainage and prone to overwatering. Once, it is all settled and has taken a liking to the ambience, it will grow easily.
  • Don’t plant the bulbs too deep.
  • The ideal season to plant hydrangea is late fall or early summer.  If you want to take the plants to the garden from the pots or vice versa, the ideal time to do this is in late fall or winter, when the bulb is in dormant phase or there are no leaves.

The Best Time to Plant Hydrangeas                           

Pick hydrangeas at their blooming best.  The plant can be planted at any time of the year but it is very difficult to keep a track of their varieties. Even experts keep confusing them.  As it is said, you can plant them whenever you want them, but it is always advised to do this in early summer or fall. Avoid planting hydrangeas in early spring when there is still some possibility of late frost. The hottest part of summer should also be avoided and if you do, keep an eye on their water and soil.

Transplanting Hydrangeas:

Best time to transplant (digging a plant from one site to shift it to other) hydrangea is when it is dormant and doesn’t have leaves. Late November or December is the best time for it or if your area doesn’t get much snowfall, you can do this in January too.

The best way to transplant hydrangea is to dig up the plant to roots.  The roots of hydrangea tend to be very heavy due to its fibrous nature. So, lift the plant carefully.   After transplanting the plant, don’t forget it to water thoroughly. This will ensure that you don’t have to water it until the blooming season arrives. Even after proper watering and moist soil till the second summer, the leaves and flowers continue to wilt, mist the leaves.  It is recommended to use a hose to water hydrangeas to avoid overwatering.


Fertilizing Hydrangeas

It is advised to fertilize hydrangeas once or twice during the blooming season.  You can also get floral mix and preservatives from the florist. Manure and compost as well as chemical fertilizers can also work well with hydrangea. However, don’t fertilize after August as it is about time when the plants get ready for the dormancy and you won’t like to prompt it unnaturally for the growth in the winter. June or July is the right month to fertilize the plants.

 However, be cautious to use little fertilize, just enough to keep diseases, fungi and root problems at bay.