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Name: Sybil Hood
Kosciusko, MS (Zone 7b)
May 20, 2017 8:11 AM CST
I have an area where I want to plant an hydrangea. It stays moist due to a central air unit that drains. I know it can't be soggy soil but how do I tell if the soil is soggy vs moist. In my opinion it's moist because the soil is not squishy. What's yall's opinion?
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May 20, 2017 9:15 AM CST
Perhaps dig a hole approximately as deep as you plan to plant your hydrangea and see whether it collects water.
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May 20, 2017 10:09 AM CST
If you keep the area "mulched" with organic matter, renewed as needed, drainage won't be a problem and the consistent moisture should grow an amazing Hydrangea. But will plants block the airflow to/from the unit, &/or block access for maintenance? Is it a heat pump that blows hot air when the A/C is running? If so, Hydrangea might not like that part of the arrangement. But also if so, the water drainage from it could be directed toward a Hydrangea a little farther away, with rain-gutter type arrangement. I would just avoid doing it with concrete because that would raise the PH and could do it enough to turn a blue Hydrangea pink. Keeping the area where it is growing mulched will help keep the PH lower, as well as the moisture/drainage moderation.
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Name: Sybil Hood
Kosciusko, MS (Zone 7b)
May 20, 2017 10:38 AM CST
Thanks. No, it won't affect maintenance. There's a slope and the the area where it stays moist is actually about 20' long. That's why I thought it would be an ideal location for the hydrangea.
Sybil Kay

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