blue hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Flint, Mi
Question by patbeamon
May 17, 2007
I got a blue flower hydrangea for mothers day is it a out door plant? can i plant it now? in Michigan


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Answer from NGA
May 17, 2007

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If you have a big leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), it blooms on new shoots that develop on old wood. If the plant regularly dies down to the ground each winter, there will be no old wood and therefore no flowers. You can grow your hydrangea indoors, but it may not flower for you - it needs sunshine in order to flower.

A better choice for your area is Endless Summer. Endless Summer is a perpetual flowering big-leaf Hydrangea that blooms virtually all season long. And because Endless Summer can flower repeatedly on new wood, you can be confident that regardless of whether the plant dies back to the crown or is trimmed at the wrong time, you'll still get wonderful flowers that grow all season. What makes Endless Summer even more appealing is that it is remarkably hardy, even to Zone 4. What's more it's proven to be more mildew resistant than other macrophylla varieties. You won't be disappointed if your replace your non-blooming hydrangea with an Endless Summer!

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