Hydrangae - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
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Question by Mysweetzs
May 15, 2009
I would like instructions for planting and care. I was told they did not grow in the south, and this site says yes.

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2009
The University of Florida recommends growing hydrangeas in North and Central Florida but the plants can be iffy in South Florida. Plant yours in a shady spot, or one that gets a little morning sun but shelter from hot sun from noon on. Prepare the planting bed by adding lots of organic matter (compost, aged manure, etc.) to provide good drainage and some nutrients to the roots and the organic matter breaks down. Plant your hydrangea at the same soil depth as it was growing in the container and water it well to help settle the soil. Water as often as necessary to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Wilting is a sure sign your hydrangea needs water, so water thoroughly, but do allow the top half inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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