Hydrangea Tips

Big, billowy blossoms in subtle pastel hues make the hydrangea a showstopper in gardens and bouquets. Use these quick tips to grow your own and liven up your home.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prune

Most hydrangeas bloom in late spring, but they make their buds the year before. The best time to prune them is in early summer, right after the flowers fade.

Plant

Soil acidity affects bloom colour. For bluer hues, make the soil more acidic by adding aluminum sulfate. For pinker tones, add dolomitic lime to make soil less acidic. Plant after the danger of frost has passed.

Display

To naturally dry hydrangeas, cut them at the end of the growing season. Remove all the leaves from the stems and then place in a vase of water. As the water in the vase evaporates, blooms will dry naturally.

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