Hydrangeas forum: My Hydrangea

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jul 11, 2015 3:31 PM CST
Well at least it bloomed! But only 1 side of it. It was a house warming gift 2 years ago and lived in the house
all winter and not this spring but the one before I planted it outside and it survived Nebraska winter, maybe
next year more parts of it will bloom. Not sure why just one side, unless it favors a bit more sun there, but I
think the entire plant gets the same amount of sun. Is this a mop head? And do you think I must have soil
a bi on the acid side?
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 11, 2015 3:43 PM CST
It's still young so give it time and you'll have a big, beautiful, mophead blooming machine!

Blue flowers indicate acidity while pink means alkaline soil.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Jul 11, 2015 4:09 PM CST
pirl said:It's still young so give it time and you'll have a big, beautiful, mophead blooming machine!

Blue flowers indicate acidity while pink means alkaline soil.

Thanks, otherwise besides one sided blooms seems happy and healthy.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 11, 2015 7:48 PM CST
They do grow fast. All of a sudden it will be huge and you'll wonder why you were ever concerned.
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luis_pr
Aug 1, 2015 10:06 AM CST
I love that blue. Nice. I guess I love those colors that I cannot get in my alkaline soil. Maybe that is why I tinker trying to produce some purples.

If you can, inquire as to whether the plant originated from a plant nursery or not. Those that come from florists or grocery stores have a tiny plant label that does not spell out the name of the variety or give a clue as to how large it will eventually be (sometimes the plant label just says 'blue hydrangea'. Lord!)

Florist hydrangeas sometimes are not hardy to the USDA Zone where you live. When that happens, they do not bloom well. Other times, the stems dry out but return from the ground. One can improve bloomage by giving it winter protection.

But the last two years, winters have been awful and they could also be behind the only-1-bloom "disease". My usual winters are mild but, the last two included times when the temperatures went up to the 80s for days and stayed below 30 for days. These wild and "long" fluctuations interrupted the dormancy on my hydrangeas. As a result, many mopheads, lacecaps and oakleaf hydrangeas produced no blooms even though they are zone hardy.

One of my unknown mopheads had exactly one bloom too, just like yours but pink. I do not know much about that mophead though; it is an unnamed hydrangea that the prev owner had here. From what I now know from experience, it needs winter protection when the temps start going up-down a lot and stay up for several days.

So, consider using winter protection as soon as it prepares for dormancy in the Fall. Put a cage of chicken wire that is taller/wider than the shrub (helps if you know how tall it will get - assume 6x6ft if unsure). Make the enclosure wider than the shrub by as many inches as you can too. Flower buds develop near the end of stems so the more separation between the chicken wire and the tips of side & tallest stems, the better. Then fill it with mulch or lots of dried out leaves. Boatloads of leaves as this is what will protect the flower buds. Top with a cardboard and add a few bricks or rocks so the cardboard does get blown away. The cardboard should be higher than the tallest upright stems too. Again, the more separation, the more winter protection you get. Then add more leaves in mid winter due to settling. Remove it about 2 weeks after your last avge date of last frost or so (plant nurseries should be able to tell you when that is if unsure).
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 1, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Welcome, Luis. I'm so happy to have you here.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Aug 1, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Thanks for all the great over wintering advice! I appreciate how you gave precise steps, very thoughtful of you.
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purpleinopp
Aug 3, 2015 7:09 AM CST
Hi & welcome, Luis! A big pile'o'leaves can be magic, huh? I agree!
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