The Endless Summer Hydrangea care guide has great tips for growing gorgeous flowers on hydrangeas. It starts with the right site – morning sun and dappled shade in the afternoon. Then, add compost to the existing soil when preparing the site. The plants should be fertilized spring or early summer. It’s important to follow the directions on the label. Avoid a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. That and overfertilizing, and you will just grow leaves and no flowers. The right amount of moisture and good drainage are also important to plant health. The guide has tips for watering. Be certain to mulch to help conserve water, reduce weeds and keep the ground cooler in the summer. Limit the amount of pruning so you don’t remove flower buds. Especially, don’t prune after August 1st! Finally, take care to protect your shrubs during the winter with tips from our overwintering section.
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