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How to Plant Hydrangea Plants
To successfully grow Hydrangeas, especially the new hardy Hydrangea varieties, start by selecting the ideal planting location, based upon the recommended light exposure for the particular variety that you are planting. The new hardy Hydrangeas such as Hydrangea Limelight, Hydrangea Quick Fire and Hydrangea Invincibelle Spirit can be planted in a variety of exposures, ranging from full sun to partial shade.
Contrary to popular belief, planting can take place anytime during the gardening season for your area from spring until fall; the key to successful planting is proper soil preparation, planting the Hydrangea at the proper depth and most important proper watering.
A good rule of thumb is to plant Hydrangeas at the same depth as they are planted in the pot.
Hydrangea plants thrive in well-drained soil that has good tilth. If you soil is clay you will want to first amend it with a soil condition such as Down to Earth Green Sand, to break up the clay particles.
Once you Hydrangea is placed in the right depth, add an organic slow release fertilizer to promote good root growth while your new plant becomes established. Back-fill the hole with the existing soil and water well. Check your watering on a regular basis to ensure that it is receiving adequate irrigation especially if planted during the summer.
To encourage root growth, trim off any flowers or buds at the time of planting. While hard to do, your plant will be able to focus all of its enegery towards establishing a good root system if it does not have to expend energy towards flower production.