The Endless Summer® Collection, which features easy-to-care-for hydrangeas that bloom all summer long, just made maintaining these elegant flowers even easier via a text message program that provides regular reminders and tips.
Opt in and receive text messages with tips such as when to begin fertilizing hydrangeas, best practices for watering, and how to prepare them for the winter months. Reminders will be sent at relevant times and tailored to different regions and their respective weather patterns.
The Four Biggest Barriers to Healthy Hydrangeas
- Wilting doesn’t always mean water. On a hot day, it is completely natural for hydrangeas to “flag,” appearing as if the flower is leaning to one side or wilting. Check the soil with your fingers, and water only if the soil is dry. Overwatering can damage or kill the root system, which results in no blooms at all.
- Pruning patience. It’s common practice for many gardeners to prune old flowers or cut back shrubs in the fall, but Endless Summer hydrangeas don’t need it. Instead, wait until spring when new growth is well on its way, then cut back old stems that don’t have any emerging green leaves.-
- Fertilizing for fitness. Overfertilizing can burn the root system, so it’s best to fertilize only in the spring. Look for a bloom-booster fertilizer that is high in phosphorus.
- Winter warmth. Use 12-18 inches of mulch to protect buds that will bloom next year, especially for new plants that haven’t been in the ground very long. This is especially important in cold climates; snow actually provides insulation, but if it melts and a cold spell follows, without mulch you may not get flowers until late in the summer. Gardeners in warmer regions should protect their plants in case of sudden dips into freezing temperatures during the fall, or cycles of warming and freezing temperatures that may kill tender flower buds.