Good weather arrives and hydrangeas brighten the days. These flowers are one of the most anticipated in spring and summer, since there are many months that we will be able to enjoy these beautiful flowers in our garden, terraces or balconies. Although they are easy to maintain, they have important peculiarities. Therefore, here we tell you what to take into account to planting and caring for hydrangeas. Take note!
The hydrangea is a plant that prefer the shade to the sun. It’s recommended that enjoy natural light, preferably in semi-shade, and avoid exposing it to the sun’s rays in the hours of greatest radiation. However, it must not lack the light or it will not develop properly.
What should you know to make your hydrangeas look radiant?
- They need acidic soils, since they are the ones that contain the nutrients they need to live.
- Avoid lime water
- They need semi-shadow light.
- Avoid exposing them to temperatures below -5º and temperatures above 30º.
- Keep the soil moist.
- Water first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Irrigation and fertilization of hydrangeas
The weather in hydrangea cultivation is as important as the hydrangea’s need for watering. Requires much water, so this must be deep, towards the roots. In addition, it needs to be in moist soil, but not flooded, since it causes fungus to grow on the roots.
It is important to know that the best time of day to water the hydrangea is at early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Hydrangea’s preferred water is the rain or distilled water. It is recommended avoid lime water, as it can cause a lack of iron in the substrate and yellowing of the leaves.
In terms of soil or substrate, the hydrangea is a fairly demanding species. Needs a acid substrate, it is recommended to use a specific substrate for hydrangeas.
When it comes to caring for the hydrangea, many people wonder, why does it wither? It might be because lack of space, especially if you have it in a pot. You always have to make sure you give it the moisture and nutrients it needs. You have to know that potted hydrangeas need more water than those that are planted directly on the ground.
Hydrangea colors according to soil pH
The colors of hydrangeas change depending on the variety and the pH of the soil. The acid soils give blue flowers and those with a pH above 6.5 give pink hydrangeas. Of course, if you have a hydrangea whose flower is originally pink, it will not be able to turn blue and if it is white, it will not be able to change color, since the pH does not affect it.
As for pests, you should be especially vigilant aphids, spider mites, green flies, slugs and fungi.
How to prune hydrangeas?
The best time to prune hydrangeas it is early spring. Some hydrangeas bloom on new stems, but others bloom on old ones, so make sure which variety is yours before pruning.
So, the dried flowers have to be cut so that the plant can dedicate its energy to those that are blooming. Instead, the branches that have grown in the last year You should not touch them, as they will likely give rise to new flowers in the new year. However, the branches of several years should be cut so that the plant does not lose strength unnecessarily.