I am going to give you a few very simple tips to get maximum flowers on your Hydrangea Plant. See this is the same thing I do every year, last year also I did and got good result.
Unfortunately, I did not record anything and that’s why this year I decided to record all the steps, so that you can grow Hydrangea plant along with me and get maximum flowers on your plant. We can do this thing either in the month of March or even April. But, please note that you should highly consider the variety of Hydrangea plant you are growing.
Anyway you really don’t have to worry, because I am going to show you the two of the most common varieties which are available and I am also going to show you what you need to do for each varieties. So please make sure to watch the video till the end. So here is one of my Smooth Hydrangea plant. Sometimes, Smooth Hydrangea plant manage to bloom even in the winter season and that’s why you can see it’s already blooming. However, the health of the plant is not looking that great but I am really not worried about it because I know that I am going to fix it and very soon my plant is going to grow in a much healthy way.
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Basically saying I am going to do two very simple things – first one is I am going to hard prune my Hydrangea plant and second one is I am going to give it fresh soil and at the same time I am also going to upgrade the size of container.
Now this is really very important and that’s why I am going to repeat it once again. Please note that if you are growing the Big Leaf Hydrangea then please don’t prune it at this time. Because if you prune your Big Leaf Hydrangea at this time (SPRING) you are not going to get that blooms in this year. So please be careful and I am going to show you how the Big Leaf Hydrangea look likes and you would be able to see why I am saying that you should not prune it at this time (means Spring).
MAXIMUM Flowers on your Hydrangea
Okay, let’s begin the procedure. I am just pruning my plant and you really don’t have to feel anything bad about pruning. I am also not going to throw away all the pruned part, instead I would be trying to grow new plants from all those cuttings. For time being, I am just keeping all the cuttings in plain water so that they stay well hydrated.
Like I said you already I am going to upgrade the size of the container and for that purpose I am going to use a 16 inch container. This is really a huge container and you really don’t have to use 16 inch container, you can grow Hydrangea plant even in 6 inch container too – I am using a much bigger container because I have some other goal for this year and hopefully I would be able to achieve that. I am also going to give my plants completely fresh soil and my new potting soil mix is something like this – I am using 50% normal garden soil, 40% Composted cow dung powder and rest 10% Coco peat.
Please note that, my soil is already bit sandy. Next I am going to add near about 100 grams of bone meal powder. Now please note, that I am using a very big container and that’s why I am going to add 100 gms (20 teaspoons) of bone meal at once.
But, if you are using much smaller container, let’s say 8 inch or even 10 inch, please don’t use more than 30 grams. Next I have to take out the plant from the current pot and I’m going to do it but I know that this is going to be somewhat difficult task. If you don’t want to do all the things, I mean taking out the plant from your previous pot and then reporting your plant in somewhat other pot, you really don’t have to do anything like that.
Just remove the surrounding soil, let’s say 2 to 3 inch surrounding soil and then add the fresh soil. Almost done and next I am going to add one more component here. I am going to add 50 gms of Mustard cake fertilizer (Alt – Blood meal or Fish emulsion fertilizer) Again, please be very careful if you are using smaller container, let’s say 8 inch or 10 inch, please don’t use more than 20 to 25 grams at once. You can also avoid adding Mustard cake fertilizer (Alt – Blood meal or Fish emulsion fertilizer) at this time and apply let’s say after 15 to 20 days.
But, I am applying at this time and I am NOT going to fertilize my plant for next two months at least.
Now we are done with talking about the Smooth Hydrangea and if you got the Smooth Hydrangea, please do the same thing within the time frame (Spring) and you are going to get the good result. But, if you are growing the Big Leaf Hydrangea then please don’t do this thing and let me show you how one of my big leaf hydrangea is looking at this time.
So, here is one of my Big Leaf Hydrangea. I am going to do almost the same thing for my Big Leaf Hydrangea. I am going to give it somewhat bigger container and I am also going to give it fresh soil. But, I am NOT going to prune it and let me show you why I am NOT going to prune it. So here you can see that my plant is already producing the new buds. See the main difference between the Smooth Hydrangea and Big Leaf Hydrangea is that the Smooth Hydrangea produces the buds on the New growths. However, the Big Leaf Hydrangea produces the buds on the OLD Wood.
I mean, the growth whatever they have already produced in the previous year. Now you are looking at this branch right….this branch is not from 2020. The plant already produced this branch in 2019 and that’s why it’s producing the new buds on this growth.
So, if you prune your plant at this time you are not going to get the blooms in this season. In case you want to prune your Big Leaf Hydrangea, then please do it at the end of the season. I mean, you can do it whenever they stop to bloom. So, how to know which one is a Big Leaf Hydrangea and which one is a Smooth Hydrangea plant?
Let me give you an example here and you would be able to identify them very easily. Now here I’m taking two leaves – the left leaf is from one of my Smooth Hydrangea and the right leaf is from the Big Leaf Hydrangea.
Now the main difference between the Big leaf (LEFT) and the Smooth Hydrangea (RIGHT) is that the leaves of Smooth Hydrangeas (RIGHT) are much thinner comparing to Big Leaf Hydrangea (LEFT).