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Hydrangea (Genus)

SPECIES: Hydrangea "Macrophylla"
Hydrangea "Quercifolia"
Hydrangea "Arborescens"
Hydrangea "Paniculata"
 
PRUNINIG: Hydrangea Macrophylla: Late winter, early spring. Immediately after bloom remove spent flower with about 15" stem.
 
Hydrangea Arborescens: Mid March cut plant in half, It blooms on new growth.
 
Hydrangea Paniculata: Mid March, get much larger Blooms when cut back half or more. Blooms are much Smaller if left unpruned.
 
Hydrangea Quercifolia: Only when needed. Prune after Bloom if necessary.
 
COLOR: The color of Hydrangea Macrophylla are affected by the soil P.H. level being low. P.H. is acid and blooms mainly blue. Add Agriculture lime will raise P.H. for pink flowers. Add Aluminum, iron or sulfur to make acid or incorporate peat moss in soil.
 
DRYING: Hydrangea Macrophylla: Cut 15" stems in early July. The best time to Cut for drying is when blooms naturally dry on plant. Put stem in water a few days in cool place.
 
Hydrangea Quercifolia: Cut 15" stem in early July. When blooms start To dry naturally is best time to cut for drying. Remove leaves and put stems in water a few days in cool place.
 
Hydrangea Arborescens: Cut 15" stems in early July. When blooms start to dry Naturally would be the best time to cut for drying. Strip leaves and put in water for a few days in cool place.
 
Hydrangea Paniculata: Blooms last half of the summer. Dries naturally on plant about Mid October.