Sun Or Shade For Hydrandgea - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Tacoma, WA
Question by nettyjay
April 25, 2000
I recently purchased a Hydrangea named 'Pee Wee' and was wondering the best location to plant it. Sun, shade, or both.


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Answer from NGA
April 25, 2000

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Hydrangeas will grow in full sun to partial shade, but not full shade. They thrive in rich soil, high in organic matter, that never dries out but also has good drainage. To achieve a beautiful blue color, your soil has to be on the acidic side (acidic soil produces blue hydrangea blooms, alkaline soil produces pink blooms, if the soil is very, very acidic, they will be white). To find out your soil's acidity level, you would need to have a soil test performed. Contact your local county extension office for details. Your soil report would also have advice on how to make any needed amendments to the soil.

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