To grow hydrangeas, plant the hydrangea in an area with well-draining soil and partial sunlight, and provide the plant with water and fertilizer on a regular basis. The plant should be pruned once annually to remove dead branches. Hydrangeas are typically well-established within two years of planting.
- Prepare the soil for planting
Hydrangeas grow well in partial shade and slightly moist soil. Before planting, create a hole that is at least twice the size of the hydrangea's root ball, mix compost into the soil, and water the soil well to encourage growth. Hydrangeas are bushy, and should be planted in an area with ample room to grow to prevent over-pruning.
- Provide adequate care
Water young hydrangea plants frequently, and provide the plants with well-drained soil to prevent disease. Feed the plant a slow-release fertilizer at least once each year. If pests become a problem, treat the infestation with a commercial product designed for landscaping use. During the winter months, wrap the base of the plant with burlap, and cover the burlap with a layer of mulch to protect the plant.
- Prune the plants
Prune hydrangeas in late spring, and only remove dead branches from the plant to prevent removing new blooms.