How to Plant Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas are beautiful, easy-care plants that can add a touch of elegance to any garden. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, so there is sure to be a hydrangea that is perfect for your space.

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Choosing the right spot

The first step to planting hydrangeas is choosing the right spot. Hydrangeas prefer full sun or partial shade, and they need well-drained soil. If your soil is not well-drained, you can improve it by adding compost or sand.

Preparing the soil

Once you have chosen the right spot, you need to prepare the soil. The soil should be loose and crumbly, so that the roots can easily spread. You can loosen the soil by digging it up with a shovel or tiller.

Planting the hydrangea

Once the soil is prepared, you can plant the hydrangea. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball of the hydrangea. Place the hydrangea in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil and water the hydrangea well.

Caring for the hydrangea

Hydrangeas need regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. They also benefit from a monthly application of fertilizer. In the fall, you should mulch around the hydrangea to help protect the roots from the cold.


If your hydrangea is not blooming, it may not be getting enough sun or water. You can also try fertilizing the hydrangea with a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus.

Pests and diseases

Hydrangeas are relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, they can be susceptible to aphids, scale, and powdery mildew. If you see any pests or diseases on your hydrangea, you can treat them with an insecticidal soap or fungicide.


In colder climates, hydrangeas may need to be protected from the cold in the winter. You can do this by wrapping the hydrangea with burlap or by covering it with a sheet of plastic.

With proper care, your hydrangeas will bloom for many years to come. Enjoy their beauty and the beauty of the pollinators that they attract.

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