Hydrangeas forum: Michigan Bulb

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Mar 29, 2018 4:57 PM CST
I received hydrangeas from Michigan Bulb today.

Plants were in good sized pots and looked really good except for Annabelle. Packing was excellent. Also, cost is good as long as you look for a 50% off coupon on the web. Most of these were ~$8, Annabelle was only $5.


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Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Mar 30, 2018 11:09 AM CST
Looks like Anna got zapped by the cold weather. May yet recover but I would still forge a complaint with Michigan so they are aware... in case it peters out and you need a replacement.

Kaleidoscope, aka, Hobella is one in the Hovaria Kaleidoscope series color changing hydrangeas. Launched probably around the turn of the century or thereabouts. It starts looking like a lacecap, whose heads continue filling out to become a mophead. It is supposed to have the strongest final cherry red color potential of the series.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Mar 30, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Yes, I called Michigan bulb because they sent me 2 glowing embers and zero Forever Pink.

they are sending me a forever pink, told me to keep the extra glowing embers.

I mentioned the Annabelle, they said just call back if it does not recover.

good customer service:)
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Mar 30, 2018 11:28 AM CST
What are your plans with all these hydrangea macrophyllas? In Michigan, they will need winter protection to bloom reliably, won't they? You got Blaumiese, Glowing Embers, Forever Pink. I had a GE several years ago... I placed it in a very shady edge in the front of the house and, sigh, it died. Maybe because I failed to water it well in its first hot Texas summer. And its location is one where I rarely go to water anything... that did not help either... Sighing!

Annabelle is bloom hardier than the macs although it is probably in your "intensive care" ward at the moment. Crying Sighing! Give it evenly moist soil as best as you can. Since it is so small, I would give it some liquid seaweed mixed in with the water. If you do not see any "improvements" in 2-3 weeks, you may need to call Michigan again.

What kind of care do you give to those small potted plants typically?
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Mar 30, 2018 12:19 PM CST
In a couple of weeks all will be transferred to trade gallon pots and put in the greenhouse until fall planting. they are all inside under lights currently

I have not been very successful with hydrangeas in the past, but I have not paid much attention.

I have some spots close to the house where they might do ok

What started this off was that my girlfriend has a couple of hydrangeas in her front yard that are 5 feet tall or so. I probably bought them. She does not do any maintenance for these plants, yet they are much better than hydrangea I have grown. This has got to stop! This year is here!

For sure she will get one of the glowing embers... I think I am doomed

Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Mar 30, 2018 12:44 PM CST
Ha! Good luck with the new shrubs. Do make plans to winter protect them in the Fall if you plant them outside. Or keep them in the garage (do water them every 2 weeks or so in the garage if you can).
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