Our hydrangeas They are well known plants for their high ornamental value. They are perfect for decorating both indoors and outdoors. In this case, we are going to talk about a variety of hydrangea that is known as Hydrangea paniculata. It is one of the strongest and most resistant hydrangea species out there. Depending on the environmental conditions and the care we are giving it, it can reach very different heights ranging from 4,5 meters to 2. This will make it possible to have it indoors or not.
In this article we are going to show you how you should take care of Hydrangea paniculata and we will explain some tricks to have it very healthy.
Normally, the most common way to find this plant is by forming groups with other hydrangeas. It can also be seen alone, but it is somewhat less frequent. Plants of this genus are native to Asia and America. The flower of this hydrangea is usually made to wait, since has a fairly late flowering.
When it blooms, they are usually panicle or cluster shaped, which is why it has that name. The flowers are usually white in color and begin to grow in spring or well into summer. Prefers high temperatures to ensure successful plant growth.
Its branches are quite hairy and the leaves are light green. The shape they have is oval, but ending in a point. Depending on the amount of sunlight that falls on it, the flowers can have a white or cream color.
It has a fairly fast growth and can be used to put them together with other hydrangeas or alone. It is also often used as a dried flower for decoration. If we look at the leaves, they are of the deciduous type and on the underside they have a lighter color. They differ mainly from the common hydrangea in that their nerve endings are much more visible and the leaves are somewhat less thick. The edges are slightly serrated. It has inflorescences that begin to grow in mid-spring. At first, they are very small in size and cream in color. It is already when they grow in summer when they turn white.
In some varieties of Hydrangea, the flowers tend to change their hue to pink when they mature. The color is becoming more intense. When autumn arrives, they take on a more ocher color, as is the case with most hydrangeas.
Requirements of the Hydrangea paniculata
Exposure and soil
We are going to start by describing the care and requirements you need to be able to enjoy it in a healthy way. The first thing is to know well the area of the garden where we are going to place it. Sun exposure is a conditioning factor for both flower development and growth from the time it is sown. Therefore, we advise you to correct location is semi-shadow. If we place it in direct sunlight, and especially in summer, the flowers could be seriously damaged.
On the other hand, if the climate where you live is not too hot, it could even be positive that it had a location in full sun. In winter, if we have frequent frosts with very low temperatures, it is advisable to protect them. With putting a protective plastic over them, it will be enough to avoid dew and excess humidity on clear, cold nights.
As for the soil, it is necessary that it has enough organic matter and that it be rich in nutrients. As we have mentioned before, this plant is quite fast growing. If it does not have the necessary nutrients to develop, it will not do it in a showy way. Our aim is to be able to decorate our garden with this plant and give it a little more color or combine it with other plants. If the soil does not have enough organic matter, it will not be able to grow and develop the flowers.
Another important aspect of the soil is drainage. We must ensure that when we water the plant, irrigation water does not accumulate. If we make the water pool, it could create root rot and kill the plant. The soil has to have good aeration and drain the water properly.
Irrigation, fertilization and maintenance
To transplant it from one place to another, it is best to do it in spring when the temperatures begin to be higher. Thus, we are guaranteeing you a greater probability of success in adapting to the new environment and new environmental conditions.
Irrigation must be abundant to maintain stable humidity. Remember that the area should not be flooded, even if the soil has good drainage. It may be that the soil becomes saturated in water and we do not realize it. It will be deadly for the Hydrangea paniculata. They do not tolerate drought times at all, so we will increase the frequency of irrigation in the hottest times of spring and summer.
In winter there is less demand for water and generally more rainfall. This makes you only need to water it every 8 or 10 days. That will be more than enough.
As for the compost, it is necessary to add organic matter, especially if the soil is poor, preferably at the end of winter. You also need to put mineral fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer to help them with flowering.
If we want to promote flowering in summer and have even more flowers that bring more color to the garden, we have to do some maintenance. When spring comes, You have to give them a light pruning of the branches that are older or dry. Do not cut too much or we will slow down its growth.
They are generally quite resistant to common garden pests and diseases, so they won’t give you a problem. If you want to multiply them you can do them by seeds or by cuttings. Depending on how long you want to wait, the cutting is much faster. However, you should know that it is done in the summer time, when flowering has already begun. They benefit from high temperatures and mineral fertilizer to grow.
I hope that with these tips you can enjoy your Hydrangea paniculata in your garden