Hydrangea Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Zachary, LA
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Question by scottmmaster
March 5, 2007
I just purchased a hydrangrea tree from the location on perkins. I have never seen one in south louisiana. my question is- do they not grow well here and that is why i have never seen one or do they grow here, but they just arent real popular and i just wasnt paying attention? my other question is do they like acidic soil? i know alot of acid will turn there flowers blue. i do not want that to happen. i planted the tree saturday in really neutral garden soil and backfilled the plant with a bag of manure. do i need to go back and acid? thank you for your help.

Answer from NGA
March 5, 2007

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

Hydrangea trees should grow there fine. They just are not that common. They love a moderately acid to neutral soil that it kept moist but drains well so as not to stay soggy. I would wait and watch the tree to see how it does. If leaves start turning yellow at the ends of the branches it would be good to add acidifying fertilizers. Otherwise it will most likely be fine.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening year in 2007. Please stop in again soon!

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