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Some last hydrangeas

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I guess the time had to come -- my hydrangea blooms are fading :( But, a few new heads of blooms opened recently, so at least there's still some nice colour to it.....

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I forgot about that post -- thanks for reminding me, and for moving it up :)

We're going to need a bunch of plants for our backyard next year, so if I can propagate some hydrangeas successfully, that'll give me at least a few plants :) And they're practically maintenance-free, which is exactly what I need!!

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Definitely move your hydrangeas out to where you'll be able to see them and enjoy them :) And if you want blue ones, add aluminium sulphate to the soil.

A friend of mine suggested propagating some new plants by holding down the lowest stems with bricks so that they can root down into the soil. I think I'll try this. But if I do it now, there isn't enough time for the stems to root before it gets cold in the fall -- do you think I can root the stems now, and then cut them off and plant them in the spring?? Or will everything just die over the winter?? I've never tried this propagation technique before, so I don't know how it works.

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Here's the hydrangea web site I mentioned:

Hydrangeas

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I don't really know too much about hydrangeas, to be honest. Growing them has been a total experiment -- I've been told by a number of gardeners that only peegee & Annabelle hydrangeas will grow in my zone. Well, I'm happy to say that I proved them wrong!!

I'm really not sure what kind mine are -- I bought them at Easter last spring (2003) as indoor plants. My guess is that they're Nikko Blue, but I don't know for sure.

newfie, there are two plants beside each other -- the pink heads are from one plant and the blue heads are from the other. They both started out blue when I bought them. When I planted them in the garden, I put rusty nails in the soil -- I've heard that the iron helps make the flowers blue. And I also added some aluminium sulphate to the soil a couple of times this summer.

junebug, my hydrangeas get sun pretty much all day. The garden faces south, and there's just a bit of shade over that area of the garden late in the day. The plants are about 2 feet tall, I would say.

I'm not sure about when the best time is to plant the potted hydrangea in the ground -- I would guess in September after the flowers finish blooming and before it gets too cold.

Here is a hydrangea web site that I go to now and then to look for info -- maybe you can both find the answers to your questions that I can't answer.....

Hydrangeas Forum

Also, there's a URL somewhere on this board for another hydrangea site. If you do a search for "hydrangea" and "smoodgie", you should be able to find the thread of messages with the URL.

One more pink pic....

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Here's a close-up of some purple/blue ones....

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This one is pink with a touch of purple....

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