Written by Paige Vandiver
Did you know that planting hydrangeas isn’t just for early spring? The cider-sippin’ fall season is a fantastic – and perhaps even the best – time to plant your hydrangeas. A fall planting time allows you to establish a solid, healthy root system now for a bounty of summer blooms.
You can also wait until early spring to find a home in your garden for these lavish beauties, but just make sure the risk of the last frost has passed. Avoid planting hydrangeas during the sweltering hot summer unless you are willing to really give them an excessive amount of attention to survive.
Choosing the Perfect Planting Spot for Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas can be a little persnickety about where they’re planted. To make sure these lovely ladies thrive, you want to ideally choose a place that gets full morning sun and moderate afternoon shade. (Or at least filtered sunlight!)
If you’re planting more than one hydrangea, leave at least 3-7 feet between them so they will have plenty of space to grow and show off those stunning, colorful flowers. Be careful not to plant them too close to other trees and shrubs so that they are not competing for water or other nutrients. Just like people, hydrangeas need a little breathing room to thrive!
Preparing The Soil For Hydrangea Growth
Careful preparation of your soil is the key to making sure your hydrangea is fit as a fiddle. Hydrangeas favor rich, porous and somewhat moist (but not soaking wet) soil, so take a look at the earth in your garden to ensure you are setting yourself up for success.
If you have more clay-like soil, make sure you mix it with a richer variety and add some compost prior to planting.
How to Get the Plants in the Ground
- Dig a hole as deep as the pot that holds your plant and 2-3 times as wide.
- While supporting the base of the plant, turn the plastic pot on it’s side and roll it on the ground while pressing down on the pot to loosen the root ball.
- Once the plant roots are free from the pot, pull out the plant by the base, lightly loosen the roots and place the plant into the hole.
- Fill the hole back in halfway with soil and lightly water around the trough.
- Fill the hole in the rest of the way with the remaining soil and water thoroughly.
- Wait about an hour and water the plant one more time. Make sure to cut off any tags or strings that are tied around the stalks, so there’s no risk of girdling the plant.
Voila! You have successfully planted beautiful, showy hydrangeas!
What Not to Do To Your Hydrangeas This Fall
There’s always a temptation to cut everything back to give your garden a clean slate before the winter. Resist the urge to prune your hydrangea to the ground in late fall or you will remove all your buds that will create next year’s flowers.
Hydrangeas Are a Beautiful Choice For Your Dayton, OH Garden
Hydrangeas are a blue ribbon choice for an elegant and classic garden style. With colors ranging from brilliant pink to tranquil lavenders, bright blues, and every shade in between, you’ll be thrilled that you took some time on a crisp fall evening to embellish your garden with such a winsome yet hardy, perennial.