How to Grow & Care for Hydrangea Trees

Hydrangea trees are the one garden staple that every house absolutely must have! They’re absolutely beautiful, with their voluminous yet delicate gorgeous blossoms, to their wide range of colors.

From the brightest pink to the palest powder blue and the brightest purple; they’re simply a must-have!

Another great thing about hydrangea trees is that they’ve proven to grow very well in almost all regions of the US. 

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While they are super delicate looking, these shrubs, wan be planted anywhere, from your garden soil to indoor containers.

They are also quite resilient, in fact, they resist most pests and diseases, making them a breeze to care for!

So if your garden is lacking in the hydrangea department; worry not, we’ve got you! 

Planting Hydrangea Trees

When planting hydrangea trees, placement is key. Keep in mind that they require sun, but also shade, so make sure you place them somewhere where they can get some afternoon shade,  as they don’t do too well with very hot weather conditions.

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The spot where it’s planted also ought to get no less than four hours of sunshine every day for nearly all of the summer and spring.

Like many other plants, hydrangea trees prefer and thrive in damp yet well-drained soil. Using compost is also recommended. Hydrangea trees also perhaps ought not to be planted too deep.

The hole you dig should be as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. The very first year it’s planted, the shrub should really be watched closely, and also the soil should perhaps not be allowed to dry outside.

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In the event that you acquire a baby hydrangea tree, make sure you pay extra attention to it.

Try to help it stay vertical in windy weather so that it doesn’t grow sideways and ruin the view. 

Pruning Hydrangea Trees

One of the most widespread concerns when it comes to gardening and especially caring for hydrangea trees is pruning. However, we promise you it’s not as daunting of a task as many think it is. 

A good tip would be to initially pick a variety of hydrangea that’s easier to prune, for instance, the Paniculata:  It can be pruned at any given moment of the season if blossoms are forming the ends of the branches in late to mid-summer.

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Caring for flowers, and pruning them truly isn’t too hard if a person looks attentively, even at early levels.

As soon as they’ve completed blooming in July or even August, some branches could possibly be taken off. 

A good tip is to cut off the branches that are going outwards towards the outside the shrub, as opposed to the ones growing around the middle of the shrub or the inside.

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Do keep in mind that the size and shape of the blossoms will depend on the pruning.

More aggressive pruning can lead to larger but fewer flower heads, whereas less aggressive pruning will lead to smaller but more flower heads. 

Winter Season Care for Hydrangeas

Just because hydrangea trees blossom in the winter, that doesn’t mean that you can just go on and neglect them int the winter.

Not paying attention to your plants in the winter may lead to their blossoms ending up disappointing, or better yet, that they don’t blossom at all! 

A really important part of caring for your hydrangea tree in the winter is cutting off the deadwood.

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Any extra wood or branches have to go so as to not be weighed down by any snow or rain!

However, this is where you need to be extra careful and vigilant: do not touch the new healthy wood because it’s what’s going to help your plant grow and blossom in later months.

Additionally, put in a couple of inches of compost across the bottom to keep moisture locked in. You may even protect your plants using wood cages. We promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

All you’ll need are some stakes that you can place in a square cage form around your plant and that will protect it and help it keep its shape.

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However, this procedure is not necessary if you live somewhere where the weather conditions aren’t so harsh.

These were our tips and tricks for taking care of your hydrangea trees. We hope that they’ve been helpful!