hydrangeu - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by geraldmarse
May 14, 2012
How to plant and care for a hydrangea? Can they be planted in containers?

Name: Vicki
Rocklin, CA (Zone 9b)
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A comment from MunchkinsMom
August 26, 2017
I'm not an expert on Hydrangeas, but they can be grown in pots--you just need to pick the proper Hydrangea that remains small enough to not outgrow it's pot too soon. Pruning depends on the type--some bloom on old wood, some on new wood, and some on both old and new! This link has been very helpful for me, and covers lots of questions you may develop as your hydrangeas grow. http://www.hydrangeashydrangea...
Good luck with your gardening!


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Answer from NGA
May 14, 2012

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You can plant hydrangeas in large containers but because they have the potential for growing into huge shrubs, they may only be happy in pots for a few years. When they outgrow the root space in the container, they'll need to be planted in the ground. With that said, I've had a hydrangea in a container for 4 years and it's perfectly happy.

Use a large container with good drainage and fill it with potting soil rather than garden soil. Plant at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot and firm the soil all around the roots. Then water well to exclude any air pockets around the roots. Set your plant in morning sun and afternoon shade. Hydrangeas produce blossoms on new shoots that grow from the previous year's wood. If you prune carefully after the blooms are spent, taking one-third to one-half of the old wood, new flowering shoots will appear the following spring. You can feed your hydrangea with a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing season.

Enjoy your new hydrangea!

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