Hydrangea grown in containers? - Knowledgebase Question

Hollywood, FL
Question by Jack_Sab
January 14, 1998
Is it appropriate to plant hydrangeas in containers? I live in south FL and it would be on my patio that faces west. Are hydrangeas shrubs?


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Answer from NGA
January 14, 1998

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The Hydrangea grows to be a large shrub; there are many different types. Hydrangeas would likely do much better if planted outside in partial shade, rather than in a container--especially in South Florida. Usually a patio facing west would be a poor location unless there are trees shading the patio. Hydrangeas require lots of water, so this is a consideration when growing in a container--containers often dry out much quicker than garden soil.

If you do try growing a hydrangea in a container, you should transplant to a slightly larger container from time to time. If not, the plant will become root bound. The hydrangea should be pruned immediately after it blooms.

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