How to Grow and Care for the Hydrangea Flower in Containers

Hydrangea flower

Intro: The Hydrangea genus consists of about 70 species of flowering shrubs (some are trees), which mostly grow to about 3 to 10 feet tall. Hydrangea flowers can be white, pink or blue, and smaller varieties are great for plant containers.


Scientific Name: Hydrangea species

Plant Type: Flowering shrub

Light: Hydrangeas grow best in morning sun and afternoon shade.

Water: When it comes to watering hydrangea flowers, keep the potting soil evenly moist but not soggy.

Zone: Zone depends on your hydrangea variety.

Fertilizer: Either apply a slow-release fertilizer once a year or a liquid fertilizer several times in the summer. Do not fertilize after August, as this is the point when your hydrangea plant is preparing to go dormant for the winter.

Pests and Diseases: You may encounter aphids, scale, spider mites or other pests on your hydrangeas, but insect pests are not common. Diseases can include leaf spot, blight, wilt and mildew.

Propagation: Propagate hydrangea flowers with seeds, cuttings (in dirt or water, just like when propagating pothos) or layering.

Misc. Info: Make sure to research each Hydrangea variety that you plan to add to your balcony container garden. Each Hydrangea species and variety can have different care requirements.

Hydrangea flowers are a common sight in Southern gardens.



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