I am sharing my number one tip for EASY hydrangea care so you can get the most blooms for your hydrangea plants & the best part is that you don’t need any special gardening tools to do this!
Hydrangeas are hands down my favorite shrub to grow & their flowers are the best to decorate with.
They are definitely one of the easiest shrubs to care for & some hydrangea will bloom from spring through fall here in Pennsylvania, zone 6 in spots of full sun to very little sunlight.
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Hydrangea Care – My #1 Tip for Getting the Most Blooms from your Plants
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There are so many different gorgeous colors & varieties of hydrangea available to plant these days.
Some even change colors based on the PH of your soil! Acidic Soil equals blue hydrangeas & Alkaline soil equals pink blooms.
Some shrubs only bloom on new wood while others bloom on old wood & even some bloom on both like the endless summer variety.
#1 Tip for Hydrangea Care – WAIT… for the Most Blooms
If you are lucky to have moved to a home that already has some hydrangea bush or shrub or can’t remember what type you planted the year before (this is usually me 🙂 I have one simple tip for you, put the pruners away & WAIT.
Below is a picture of our driveway in early Spring…
In order to ensure that my hydrangea bush will bloom well, I wait till the very last minute to pull last year’s blooms off.
This means leaving the dried blooms on our hydrangea shrubs through the fall & winter.
Come early spring (late March) I simply pull the dried blooms off with my hands.
Talk about simple hydrangea care, no tools required!
I only get my pruners out to cut away dead limbs or cut the stems that are too close to the ground.
Waiting through the winter to either pull or prune those dried flower heads used to be was hard for me to do.
I just couldn’t resist pulling out my pruners in the fall. 🙂
However, I found that waiting till the blooms are ready in fall off allows for a much happier & prettier hydrangea plant.
Below is a picture of what our driveway looked like in the height of the summer for my summer garden tour!
Hydrangea blooms for days!!!
Which of course also means more blooms to bring in & decorate our home with.
Hydrangea Care with Decorating
Like these beautiful Annabelle hydrangea blooms on our newly refinished church pew.
Just make sure to put your hydrangea flowers in plenty of water when bringing them inside your home.
Hydrangea Care – Hydrangea Vine
We love hydrangeas so much that we planted hydrangea vines on our DIY square lattice fence off our farmhouse kitchen.
And we added 2 hydrangea vines to our flower planter pots to climb our DIY front porch pergola.
Although, hydrangea vines take a little longer to establish than hydrangea shrubs they will start blooming with very little maintenance after about 2 years.
Hope this helps you with your hydrangea care & answers any questions you may have about caring for hydrangeas.
I would love to hear any hydrangea care tips you might have!
by Tara Lehman
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I never never prune the hydrangeas!!! And the cd trick? I do that on the fence post under the Blue Bird box to keep those mean black snakes from eating our babies!!!
What a great idea to use Cd’s to protect your birds Susan! I might have to give that a try :). Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my hydrangea care tip too :).
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I will add you to our mailing list Connie! Thanks so much for checking out my post about hydrangea care!