Scientific name: Hydrangea
Other common names: Hortensia
Hydrangeas are native to Asia and the Americas. These beautiful plants, bloom in spring, consisting of a cluster of small star-shaped flowers, grouped together, resembling an umbrella, known as “Umbel”. Hortensias are available in white, green, blue, lilac, purple and many shades of pink. In nature, some species are quite large in size, while others remain small shrubs. These flowering plants are very popular as gift items, since they look cheerful and beautify any space. These plants are not the easiest plants to grow at home, but nevertheless people buy them knowingly that they might end up by discarding them after the flowering season. The bright clusters of flowers attract customers and makes them buy, the same way they buy cut flowers.
These plants need strong light around 1 to 2 m from a window, and will enjoy 1 hour of direct sun a day.
These plants enjoy cool to warm temperatures. Heat over 35 C Will not be appreciated by Hydrengias.
Hydrangeas need to be watered regularly and thoroughly well, never letting their soil to dry completely. Otherwise, the leaves and branches droop quite fast. If this happens, spray the leaves with water, so they achieve the right turgidity swiftly. Keep soil moist at all times, drying out the soil can seriously harm the plant, and sometimes might not recover at all.
Feed plants every 10 days, during growing season, April to September. Use plant food, high in potassium before flowering.
When the flower heads turn brown, or die carefully cut them off.
Most people discard the plant after the flowers die. Rather than discarding the plant, we recommend you, to plant them outdoors in a garden; helping them grow back to shrubs.
The color of the flowers changes from pink to blue, according to the acidity or the alkalinity of the soil. They can be easily interchangeable.
Varieties of Hydrangea available in store