Growing Potted Hydrangeas

by Rachel Baker on January 2, 2014

I have begun thinking about “the next great place to live” and one of the requirements of that place will be to have the ability to grow plants. Hydrangeas are colorful and seem to be able to grow in many types of climates.

Below are two links – one is the US National Arboretum site for the plant, and the other link is a tip sheet for how to grow potted hydrangeas.

While there are approximately 23 species of Hydrangea, only five are widely cultivated in the U.S. The most popular species is Hydrangea macrophylla, which is commonly known as bigleaf, French, garden or florist’s hydrangea. This Japanese native is rated as hardy to USDA cold-hardiness zone 6. It produces large inflorescences of white, pink or blue flowers in early summer. As with most other Hydrangea species, the inflorescence is composed of a combination of large, showy and small, inconspicuous flowers. In mophead, or Hortensia, (H. macrophylla var. macrophylla) cultivars, many showy flowers are arranged on the outside of the rounded inflorescence (see image at right). On the interior of the inflorescence, a few small flowers are present; these are the flowers that produce seed.

The United States National Arboretum site on Hydrangeas

Read more about how to grow potted hydrangeas here:

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