This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Endless Summer Hydrangeas. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hydrangeas are one of my all-time favorite flowers, and I love decorating with them year round. This past spring, I planted BloomStruck® hydrangeas in copper containers on my front porch and have enjoyed them all summer long! They survived the move and zone change from South Central Pennsylvania to Upstate South Carolina beautifully. Now that fall is almost here, I’m thinking about how to prepare Endless Summer® Hydrangeas for winter. If you have container planted hydrangeas like I do, you have two options. You can either plant them in your yard this fall, or you can keep them in their containers throughout the winter. Today I’ll show you how to do both!
Option 1: Plant Your Endless Summer® Hydrangeas in Early Fall
To plant your hydrangeas in early fall follow the same steps you would in the spring.
1. Determine the best spot for your hydrangeas.
The best spot to plant your hydrangeas is going to largely depend on what zone you live in. When I lived in Pennsylvania my hydrangeas loved the morning and early afternoon sun and late afternoon shade. Here in South Carolina where it is much warmer, my hydrangeas enjoy just a few hours of morning sun with dappled shade the rest of the day. Pick a spot that you think will make your plants happy!
2. Prepare your soil.
The type of soil you plant your hydrangeas in will greatly impact the overall health of the plant, so do not ignore this step! It’s tempting to want to just dig a hole and hope for the best, but this is not recommended. Protect your investment by first determining what type of soil you have. If you’re unsure, you can purchase a soil test kit from your local nursery, or online. Once your soil type is determined, follow the soil preparation instructions found here in order to properly prepare your soil.
3. Plant your hydrangea.
Dig a planting hole that is slightly larger than your plant’s root base and be sure that any necessary fertilizer has been added to the soil before placing your plant into the hole. Loosen the bottom of your plant’s root ball and place the hydrangea into the hole. The base of the stems should be level with the ground. Do not bury the bottom of the stems too low into the ground, or this could cause your plant to rot. If your hole is not deep enough and the top of the plant is mounded above ground level, then your plant could dry out. Level is what you are going for! As you refill the hole with soil, create a small water dam around the hydrangea. This will help collect the water and ensure the plant stays moist. Water your newly planted hydrangea as needed until frost.
4. Leave blooms on hydrangeas all winter long.
Cut hydrangeas are gorgeous and can be dried indoors to enjoy year-round. However be sure not to prune your hydrangeas in the fall! New growth grows on old stems and new wood, so it is best to not prune or cut back your shrubs after August 1st. The less you prune your hydrangeas, the more blooms you will have the following year!
Option 2: Overwinter Container Plants of Endless Summer® Hydrangeas
If planting your hydrangeas this fall isn’t what you desire, the you can overwinter your plants within their containers. To do so, simply cover the soil in your container with pine needles or light mulch and bring your container plants into your garage or basement to rest for the winter months. Water your plants once a month, or a few times during the winter. Your hydrangeas will not receive moisture from rain and snow so watering occasionally is important. For more information on container gardening with hydrangeas, check out the post here.
It can be challenging to remember when to do what for your Endless Summer® hydrangeas. For timely care reminders Text ENDLESSSUMMER to 73095 and receive free care instructions throughout the year.
Decorating with Endless Summer® Hydrangeas in Fall and Winter
One of the most amazing things about growing hydrangeas is that they bring joy year round! I frequently use hydrangeas in my fall decor as seen pictured below. For more ideas on how to decorate for fall with hydrangeas, click here.
Fall Endless Summer® Hydrangea Giveaway
To celebrate the beginning of a new season, Endless Summer® Hydrangea is giving away the following:
- One (1) prepaid $50.00 Visa gift card
- One (1) pair of Endless Summer branded gardening gloves
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