Hydrangea, this true wonder of nature, is one of the most famous decorative shrubs in the world, and on merit. The absolutely enchanting aspect of its inflorescences and their striking fragrance are the details that win the hearts of all lovers of beauty.
The characteristics of this variety of plants are really fascinating, but known by few of those who have offered or ever received as a gift a bouquet of hydrangeas. The most interesting of all is, without a doubt, the ability of the plant to change its color depending on the properties of the soil in which the shrub is planted. Fortunately, this strangeness does not turn the plant into a difficult one to master, it is part of the category of plants easily adaptable to all kinds of environments. The possibility of adaptation is not, however, the consequence of a lack of preference in terms of conditions. Of course, there are a number of characteristics of the perfect environment for growing hydrangeas, which you will discover in the rows below.
Types of hydrangeas and their compatibility with apartment life
Hydrangea care: general aspects
How to care for hydrangeas in the apartment in the vase?
1. Types of hydrangeas and their compatibility with apartment life
Traditionally grown in Asia, first taken over by the American people and later by Europeans, hydrangeas have been grown from the beginning as decorative garden shrubs. Little by little, the practice of cultivating these wonderful plants indoors became popular. You should know, however, that not all types of hydrangeas are compatible with indoor life.
Originally from the United States, the common hydrangea is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 2 meters. Extremely rich and flowering, the common hydrangea develops spherical inflorescences, pink or white, depending on the acidity of the soil in which it is planted. Its flowering period generally lasts from early summer to early autumn. This type of hydrangea is fully compatible with pot planting. In order to live as long as possible, the common hydrangeas must be kept in a semi-shady place, watered regularly, and will be "styled" in the spring. With the flowering of tulips, daffodils and snowdrops, a spring flowers, it will be necessary to remove the dry shoots from the stem of the bush.
Slightly shorter than her smile, the story of which you learned earlier, the plate hydrangea can reach a maximum height of one meter. What differentiates the inflorescences of this type of hydrangea from those of other types is the specific color: the flowers on the edges create a wreath of a different color around the flowers in the center of the Bulgarian which traditionally bears the title of inflorescence of the shrub. The plate hydrangea can be found in multiple color variations, which are also influenced by the qualities of the soil in which it is grown.
Hydrangea paniculata is a species of fast-growing hydrangea, which can reach 2.5 meters in height in the most common cases. It is interesting to know, however, that in the exemplary growing conditions, the panicle hydrangea reaches fascinating heights, up to 7 meters! This is easily recognizable, its inflorescences having a specific appearance, in a conical shape. The flowers of this member of the hydrangea family can appear in a variety of shades, from white to cream to pink. Unlike the other types of hydrangeas mentioned above, it can not be grown indoors, it is necessary to plant it in a garden, in a shady place.
The last of the four types of hydrangeas whose stories you discover today is the velvet hydrangea. It can reach heights of 2 to 4 meters, and its inflorescences resemble those of the plate hydrangea: the edges are often white, and the inside is purple, blue, or pink. Their name comes from the special texture of the leaves, which are extremely velvety. Velvet hydrangeas bloom from June to September, and their flowers have a sweet scent that often attracts insects.2. Hydrangea care: general aspects
As you have already guessed, hydrangeas are not extremely pretentious plants, part of their popularity being due to this convenient aspect for those who want to decorate their house with flowers, but do not have the availability to give them a long-term care.
When and how should hydrangeas be watered?
To get an idea of how much water hydrangeas need to grow healthy and stay in bloom for as long as possible, you need to make a brief foray into history. At the time of the discovery of this plant, botanists of the time called it "Hydrangea", a name of Greek origin, obtained by combining two terms: "hydro" (water) and "angos" (vessel). Once the etymology of the scientific name of this plant is known, it is easy to understand that it needs large amounts of water to grow properly.
However, you should not overdo it, considering that it will be optimal to water your hydrangeas daily. In the warm season, they should be watered twice a week, while in the cold months of the year it is enough to remember to give them some water once a week.
Spaces where hydrangeas can grow harmoniously
In general, hydrangeas prefer semi-shady places, but this does not mean that it is recommended to look completely at your plants in direct sunlight. Hydrangeas also enjoy sunbathing, but only for a few hours a day. If you place them in places in the house where the sun's rays only penetrate for 2-3 hours a day, you can be sure that you have created the perfect environment for them. You will receive in a relatively short time and feedback from your hydrangea, which will show any dissatisfaction with the conditions offered by the lack of flowers.
Hydrangea favorite temperatures
Because hydrangeas are basically outdoor plants, they need more special temperature conditions if they are kept indoors. In order to survive more than 2 years and to bloom periodically, it is essential to adapt to the day-night cycles. This arrangement can be made by moving the pot to a balcony open at night, especially in the fall, or by positioning it from the beginning in a space where the windows are open at night. Also, in order to have a flowering hydrangea, it must be subjected to the process of "wintering": during the winter, the plant will be placed in a garage or on a closed terrace, in order to be able to dry its old inflorescences, towards make room for shoots.
3. How to care for hydrangeas in the apartment in the vase?
Most often, they are offered in the form of bouquets with hydrangeas or hydrangea boxes impressive, which conquer ladies and gentlemen of all ages through the defining chromaticity and fullness. How to take care of such bouquet of flowers to keep yourself in honorable condition for as long as possible?
First of all, it is important to remove all the leaves of the flowers received as a gift. They consume nutrients that must be directed exclusively to the inflorescence, so that it survives longer. Also, the stems must be immersed as deep as possible in the water, in order to come into contact through as many key points as possible with the nutrients.
In the optimal situation, the water of the hydrangea bouquets must be changed once every two days, the purpose of this operation being to refresh the nutrient reserves with which the plants to feed. Moreover, you can look for and use various water-soluble mixtures that contain vitamins for the flowers in the vase. By applying these simple rules, flowers can last for seven days without any problems!
Proper cutting of hydrangea stems
One last trick to use to prolong the life of the flowers kept in the vase is the oblique cutting of each stem. Thus, the main surface of contact with water will be slightly larger, and the plant will be able to feed more efficiently. Of course, this artifice will not work wonders, but flower lovers and young lovers know how important even a few extra hours are spent in the scent of flowers received from loved ones.
Hydrangeas can be easily framed, along with bouquets of roses si bouquets with orchids, in the category of favorite romance flowers. Always a safe gift, a bouquet composed of these wonders of nature will enchant any lady or young lady. If you also love hydrangeas, it is essential to do everything posandble to give them a life as long as posandble in your home, so that they, in turn, offer you the gift of their special beauty.
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