You remember the days. You wished summer would never end. Although we can’t wave a magic wand and make summer endless, we can help you make the feelings of summer last by equipping you with care and handling tips for the Endless Summer hydrangea.
Hydrangeas are well embraced in many capacities. They gravitate to the ever-so-popular farmer’s style bouquets but are also manipulated to create unique designs. These treasured florals can be found in cut bouquets in homes everywhere, but they can also be planted.
If you have the urge to exercise your green thumb this summer, boy, do we have the hydrangea for you. The Endless Summer hydrangea is here to stay, and we will tell you why.
What is the Endless Summer Hydrangea?
Is there a difference between a hydrangea and the Endless Summer hydrangea? In short, yes, there is a difference, but the difference is found in how the plant blooms. This popular breed blooms repeatedly summer through fall. Their growth is based on the current and past year’s wood. The Endless Summer hydrangea is truly a breakthrough for the breed as it can withstand even the harshest winter climates.
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What Do I Do with My Endless Summer Hydrangea?
If you are committed to planting the Endless Summer hydrangea but don’t know where to start when it comes to caring for it, we are here to help.
Planting this brilliant blooming plant can add color and vibrancy to a home’s landscape. This shrub can reach upwards of 5 feet tall, and it produces blue or pink blooms. The flowers’ color is determined by the PH of the soil it is planted in. Blue is produced in a PH of 5.0 to 5,8, and a faded lilac color (pink) is revealed at a PH of 5.9 to 6.4. There are PH tests that can be done to ensure you get the desired color.
If your Endless Summer hydrangea is in well-draining, moist soil with partial shade, you are bound to see the best results. However, it is important to know how to properly care for them after they are planted and blooming.
How Do I Care for My Endless Summer Hydrangea?
Decide on a location. You’ll want these beauties to be proudly displayed but in the safest way. Choose a place where they can thrive in the desired partial shade to full sunlight. The most comfortable location, where they can still be seen, is under a tree or as an accent at the border of a home.
The Endless Summer hydrangea should be housed in a pot that drains well or in garden soil. The roots should be completely packed and covered by the soil. It is important to fertilize these hydrangeas in the spring before the new growth begins.
To check if your hydrangea’s soil is properly watered and not soggy, insert your finger approximately an inch into the dirt it is planted in. If it is dry, water it some more. Often, hydrangeas in a pot will need a little extra water and T.L.C.
In the fall, after the Endless Summer hydrangea is done blooming, cut their stems back to their healthiest buds for a fresh start. Remove any dead or damaged stems in the springtime before the Endless Summer hydrangea starts to bloom again.
The only insects you may have to worry about with the Endless Summer hydrangea are aphids. Spray them once a week with insecticidal soap if you notice these critters. Continue this weekly spraying until the pests are gone.
Why are Your Hydrangeas NOT Blooming?
There are several reasons why your Endless Summer hydrangea wouldn’t be blooming. Just like other plants and flowers, it all boils down to proper care and handling. Knowing the above information will help prevent the issue of an Endless Summer hydrangea not blooming.
It is important to never neglect your plants but overdoing the care can also cause harm. Balance and proper knowledge are key.
Overwatering can cause your Endless Summer hydrangea to have fewer blooms. This can be avoided by only watering when the soil is dry. This means you need to be extra attentive to your blooms’ wellbeing, especially when the temperatures are extra hot.
Too much fertilizer could also prevent your Endless Summer hydrangea from blooming. Your hydrangea’s leaves will look large and extra green when you overuse fertilizer, but your blooms will become fewer and fewer. You should only fertilize this shrub once in the spring or early summer with the recommended amounts for best-blooming flowers.
Nothing is quite as frustrating as getting your hair cut, and it is too short. It is a feeling of instant regret because the process of growing it back feels like forever. The same can pertain to why your hydrangea may not be blooming. Cutting too much off will result in fewer blooms. If you are looking to shape the plant, it is best to do it when the plant is dormant. Refrain from cutting more than 12 inches from the ground though, as it can also cause damage.
Depending on your geographic location, a very harsh winter could stop your hydrangea from blooming. One way to prevent your blooms from suffering and having to recover through the growing season is by covering its crown with mulch during the winter and removing the mulch in the spring when the extreme weather has passed.
Just like with everything in life, the better care you give (and receive) the better it will thrive. Our team of florists at Flowerama Appleton serving locations in and around Appleton, WI are here to help answer any questions you may have about your plants or flowers during the summertime and throughout the year.
If you are still trying to find what works best for you, we can help you find what works best for your home and your lifestyle. Everyone deserves a little extra beauty in their life. We want to help you and your landscape thrive.