Enjoy hydrangea flowers by fertilising properly
The hydrangea is probably the most popular plant in European gardens. Of course, this has a lot to do with the way in which this special bloomer flowers. Nowadays, there are hydrangeas in all colours and quantities of flowers. Hydrangeas do not only belong in every garden, but are always an asset to a terrace or balcony. How do you care for your hydrangea? When should you fertilise your hydrangea?
Caring for a hydrangea is not particularly difficult, but there are a few things you should take into consideration and find out before you plant them. Good soil, timely pruning and sufficient water are important. Protection against late night frost is also a must, otherwise you run the risk of getting fewer flowers afterwards. You can read all about fertilising below. Hydrangeas can be planted in a pot or in the ground. Remember that the plant must get enough sun otherwise it will not flower abundantly. If you plant your hydrangea in full sunlight, it will need extra water regularly. Before planting, always put the root ball in a bucket of water for a few minutes. That way, it will be able to fill up properly.
Fertilising hydrangea, when and how?
If you want to enjoy the splendour of your hydrangea’s flowers year after year, fertilising is essential. When should it be fertilised? Fertilising your hydrangeas should be done at the end of March or the beginning of April, right after you have pruned them. You can choose between special hydrangea fertiliser and regular organic fertiliser. Organic fertiliser is of animal or plant origin and also has sufficient nutrients and trace elements. Examples are dried cow manure or old farmyard manure. The fertiliser works for around 3 months. By mid-summer the hydrangeas need a new dose of fertiliser. If you are using hydrangea fertiliser, check the packaging for the correct quantity.