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Name: Sybil Hood
Kosciusko, MS (Zone 7b)
SybilKay
Jun 11, 2017 10:29 AM CST
I finally got my hydrangea planted. I used Miracle Grow sphagnum and peat moss mixture according to planting directions. Any suggestions as to how to make sure it gets a good start. I know I need to water it daily for a while. Any and all suggestions welcomed.
Sybil Kay
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Yorkshirelass
Jun 11, 2017 11:51 AM CST
Is the plant in a container or in the ground?
Hydrangeas are hungry plants as well as being thirsty. A weekly high potash feed will help to keep it blooming healthily.
When flowers have faded remove the dead heads to allow new buds to break out.
At the end of the summer, leave the last flower heads on the plant as they will act as protection against late frosts damaging new Spring growth.
Apply a mulch around the plant in Winter to protect the roots.
When all risk of frost has passed, the old flower heads and stems can be removed and a slow release fertiliser applied (e.g. Growmore 7;7;7)
A john Innes no3 compost would be ideal for planting up in a container.

ps. If your Hydrangea is blue it needs to be in ericaceous compost or in an acidic soil in the garden

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Name: Sybil Hood
Kosciusko, MS (Zone 7b)
SybilKay
Jun 11, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Thanks. It's in the ground.
Sybil Kay

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