Are you staying cool from the summer heat? It’s hotter than blue blazes (as my mother-in-law would say) here in Louisiana.
As for hydrangeas…well with the heat, they struggle this time of year. I have to water them twice a day. They started blooming in early June, and are pretty close to the end of the blooming season.
I planted several varieties of hydrangeas about three years ago. I have white hydrangeas, pink, annabelle, and vanilla strawberry. I also planted two hydrangea trees that take full sun.
I’ve learned that they like a lot of water, and morning sun only. The ones that get sun after 11 a.m. begin to wilt.
You can see below, that some of the white hydrangeas never turn white…they actually stay green.
Also, it’s been my experience that the vanilla strawberry don’t turn pink. I’m not sure if it’s because it gets so hot here, but they stay white for me.
One of my favorites is the annabelle hydrangea…it has huge white blooms that are so sturdy and healthy.
Have you ever cut hydrangeas to bring inside, and placed in water, to find that they just began to sag and wilt overnight? That’s exactly what happened to me the first time.
Then I heard about the ALUM trick! I always wondered how people had hydrangeas that stayed so fresh and full for so long. Then I found out the secret to keeping them fresh is the spice ALUM. You can purchase the spice ALUM in the grocery store spice section. And follow these easy steps for clipping hydrangeas:
Clip the hydrangea at a diagonal.
Dip the cut end in water, and then in ALUM.
The ALUM coats the exposed end and allows the hydrangea to stay full and fresh longer.
My flower gardens just wouldn’t be the same without hydrangeas! I adore the pretty round blooms, and the varieties…making them one of my all time favorite flowers!
So…what’s your hydrangea growing tips? Do you know of anything I forgot or left out here? Please leave me a comment and let me know
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS to JULIE MAIER for winning the $75 voucher to JORD watches!