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How to care for a small hydrangea?

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Hydrangeas produce large globe-shaped or flat-topped bunches of tiny flowers, making a magnificent display. Transplant small plants to the flower garden, where they have the potential to grow into large shrubs.

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  1. Select the location

    Depending on your latitude, these plants do better in partial shade. In northern climates, they are able to tolerate more sun than in southern latitudes. Select a location that allows access to the four hours of sun exposure needed to bloom and also provides shade from the stress of direct afternoon sunlight. Choose a well-drained soil, especially for the varieties that are prone to root rot. When looking for the ideal location for the small plant, avoid planting it too close to trees. While they provide the needed shade for the plant, they also compete for moisture and nutrients. Select locations shaded by fences or structures that do not compete with the hydrangea.

  2. Provide water

    Provide 1 inch of water one to two times each week, especially during the first two years after transplanting. Don't let the soil in the root zone dry completely before you water again.

  3. Fertilize annually

    Provide a slow release fertilizer once per year. Apply it as the plant exits the dormant period so the plant expends the nutrients well before the first frost.

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