san jose, Ca
|how do i keep my hydrangea blue?
|Answer from NGA
July 1, 2009
|Pink and red hydrangeas often turn blue or purple in acid soils. Blue hydrangeas can turn pink in alkaline soils. Plants can be made (or kept) blue by applying aluminum sulfate to the soil; plants can be kept pink by liming the soil or applying superphosphate. Since your soil is alkaline, add aluminum sulfate to the soil in February or March and next summer's blooms should be blue.
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