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Old 04-05-2019, 03:27 PM   #1
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Hydrangea food, what to use?


I have some very small hydrangea starter plants that I planted last year and now they have started to leaf out for this spring. I am wondering what kind of fertilizer or food I should give them to boost their growth?
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all ya gotta do is google it: Hydrangea Starter Fertilizer.
https://www.google.com/search?q=hydr...hrome&ie=UTF-8
and follow the directions on tbe package.
Hydrangea is one of those plants that you can choose what color
of flowers you want. one type of food will make them blue, another
type will make them pink.

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I had the most beautiful and huge hydrangea shrub when I lived in Sun Valley, California. It was there when I purchased the home and I didn't kill it. I just love them, but I don't know the secret. I tried to grow one in Texas once, but that didn't work. It's way too hot here, at least I guess that was why.
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What kind of soil do you have....sandy, clay or ....? They like dappled sun/shade. Two or three light feedings spaced out are better than one heavy feeding. Infrequent but deep irrigation is best.
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all ya gotta do is google it: Hydrangea Starter Fertilizer.
https://www.google.com/search?q=hydr...hrome&ie=UTF-8
and follow the directions on tbe package.
Hydrangea is one of those plants that you can choose what color
of flowers you want. one type of food will make them blue, another
type will make them pink.

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Johnny is correct. Or you can have all on one larger plant by putting different food around the the edges.
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@DIY jeff , welcome!

Some (not all) hydrangeas will change color depending on soil acidity. Alkaline soil makes them pink, while acid makes them blue. Neutral or close, sometimes gives this funky purple color.

I note that you're in NC, which means that soil will tend to be acid, with a few exceptions, so if you add a bit of "acid food" (sounds like a Jimi Hendrix album . . . .) you should be able to get a bright blue, if your Hydrangeas are that kind. Here in California, everything's alkaline, so of course we have a big fetish for blue. In Cleveland, they were easy to keep blue.

Do you know what variety your Hydrangeas are? Some kinds, like "Peegee" are white, others don't change color.

Let us know what you do and what the results are.
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@DIY jeff , welcome!

Some (not all) hydrangeas will change color depending on soil acidity. Alkaline soil makes them pink, while acid makes them blue. Neutral or close, sometimes gives this funky purple color.

I note that you're in NC, which means that soil will tend to be acid, with a few exceptions, so if you add a bit of "acid food" (sounds like a Jimi Hendrix album . . . .) you should be able to get a bright blue, if your Hydrangeas are that kind. Here in California, everything's alkaline, so of course we have a big fetish for blue. In Cleveland, they were easy to keep blue.

Do you know what variety your Hydrangeas are? Some kinds, like "Peegee" are white, others don't change color.

Let us know what you do and what the results are.

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Looks like it's greenish, no matter what you feed it, and, apparently, can also be hallucinogenic. And lethal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrangea_paniculata
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Looks like it's greenish, no matter what you feed it, and, apparently, can also be hallucinogenic. And lethal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrangea_paniculata

I had no idea this was a dangerous plant. Thanks for telling me.
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I had no idea this was a dangerous plant. Thanks for telling me.
WAIT

Only if you eat it, or smoke it.

Still purty, like Opium poppies
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