Basics of Transplanting Hydrangea plant in dormancy – When to transplant Hydrangeas? – So this is the plant which I’m going to transplant today this is Hydrangea Macrophylla which is big leaf hydrangea .
I got this plant last summer in June somewhere and first I put it in the ground for a couple of days but then I decided to put it in the container because we were in the process of moving house so I thought it would be easier to move this plant .
if it was in container so I had this plant in the container up until now and it is really beautiful plant it was like one and a half foot wide and tall when I got it and it has got this really big mop head blooms just like light pink to dark pink shade .
so I really like this plant and it can grow huge like two meter tall and wide so it’s a really lovely plant to have in the garden and this is how it was looking in the beginning of November before we have had our first frost .
so I cut the flower heads because I wanted to propagate this plant so I used cuttings to propagate and I have got a video on my channel where I talked about propagating hydrogen plant using stem cuttings .
I will put the link in the description box if you are interested in watching that video please check it out so as you can see it has like lots of lovely leaves was some slug damage but that’s OK that’s fine because it was the end of the season .
anyway Its a deciduous shrub which mean sit loses its leaves in winter months so that’s how it has been looking like during the winter months after the first frost it shed all its leaves and now it is coming out of dormancy .
so it has started to growing new buds and new leaves so I have decided to just shift it in the ground now because in milder climates like ours in zone 8 here it’s best to transplant hydrangea from January to March when plant is still in dormancy so the plants can settle well in its new home if you transplant hydrangea shrub .
when it is out of dormancy like in the summer or in the middle of summer or at the end of summer then the plant can struggle a little bit it can go under shock due to transplant like transplant shock so to avoid that it’s best to transplant hydrangea from January to March .
if you live in a milder climate like me if you live somewhere where it’s very very cold it’s best to transplant in November before it goes in dormancy so then it will get time to establish itself in the ground so here you can see I have got this big hole here in my garden this is the front side of our garden which is here to our front door in ideal world .
I would like to first shape my flower borders and then transplant my hydrangea plant but in real world you don’t always have ideal circumstances so we have just finished moving house we are still in the process of setting up .
and it will take few months to set up this garden and flower borders but I don’t want my hydrangea to stay in the container any longer and I also need containers for other gardening projects so I have decided to move it in in the ground anyway .
so as you can see it has already started growing new buds and new leaves it’s coming out of dormancy its looking nice and healthy and I’m going to dig it out of this container so the actual root wall was like 2-3 inches wide as you can see and I am digging it like five to six inches further from the center to manage the root growth so it should have got double in size so I’m carefully digging it from all sides so I don’t want to mess up with the root system .
I want to take the whole root ball out of this container so basically if you want to transplant your hydrangea and it’s big strong you need to first prune it to a manageable size and then you need to take as much of the root ball as possible my hydrangea is not that big .
and I have already pruned it and so it’s alright so as you can see it has loosened now and it has got really nice strong root system so I’m carefully lifting it out and it’s looking really nice and healthy the soil is really good so in this container .
I had like 50% garden soil and 50% multi-purpose compost and I have been like fertilizing it before fall so I didn’t fertilize it in the during winter months the last time I fertilized it was like before first frost and during summer months .
Basics of Transplanting Hydrangea plant in dormancy – When to transplant Hydrangeas?
I used to fertilize it like every two weeks so I’m going to transplant it in this hole which I have dug here so basically you need to choose a position for your hydrangea plant in the garden which has morning Sun so it means like morning Sun and some dappled afternoon Sun and it needs lots of water its name is hydrangea and it uses lots of water .
so if you can manage to give it like lots of water it is really beautiful plant to grow and we are lucky enough in UK we don’t have any watering issues like we get lots of rains and it’s only a couple of summer months where we have to water it every day .
otherwise it does really well herein our climate it’s Hardy here in our zone and it’s really beautiful shrub to have in the garden and it can get it huge so basically I have put it in new hole it was a little bit deeper so I put some soil back in the hole and then I put it so you want basically the crown of the plant you want it to be in leveled with the soil surface .
so you don’t want to plant it too deep and if it’s just a centimeter two centimeter high from the soil level that’s alright because that will help with drainage .
but you don’t want to plant it too deep otherwise the water can gather up and can cause rotso here I am putting all the soil back and I’m pressing the soil and I’m making sure that it’s nice and snug in its new home and basically that’s all you need to do soil should be moist then you can use some fertilizer at this stage .
if you want but it still like it’s coming out of dormancy so I don’t want to fertilize it at this point because that will like force it into too much growth and and we are still in winter anyway we can have a frost or snow any time like in February or March so I don’t want that new growth to be destroyed in frost or snow so basically I am not going to fertilize it at this point and it’s not ideal world so it’s not like ideal transplanting conditions .
but I have discussed all the important aspects like when you need to transplant it and how you need to transplant it and watering issues
so basically these days we are getting rain so we don’t need to water it at this point but when it starts warming up then I will start watering it like after a few days and then a couple of days and then everyday .
and I’m really looking forward to having it grow nice and huge and bloom again so I can use this lovely big beautiful blooms in my fresh flower arrangements if you found this Article useful please share my post.