We’re welcoming Spring with open arms, and that means our greenhouses are starting to fill up with beautiful potted tabletop Hydrangeas! Whether it is to welcome a new season and add some colour to your home, showing appreciation to friends/family for hosting a gathering or expressing love and gratitude on Mother’s Day, these delicate, brightly coloured blossoms offer an old-fashioned charm that make the perfect gift!
Initially cultivated in the mountains of Eastern Asia, Hydrangeas get their name from the Greek words “
Distinguished by their foil wrapping, tabletop gift Hydrangeas are grown to be more like an annual and give off a spectacular showing of colour, fed specifically to produce many large blooms, quickly. Whereas their hardier perennial counterparts are meant to be planted and will bloom like a shrub and hopefully last for years to come.
Taking Care of your Hydrangea:
- Placement: Place next to a window where it can get as much light as possible.
- Watering: Be sure to keep your plant moist, but never sitting in water, the soil should never be completely dry.
- Potting: If you are hoping to plant your Hydrangea once Summer comes, we suggest immediately transplanting into a slightly larger pot, one that is about 1” larger on all sides and has a drainage hole. Fresh potting soil should be added to account for the new space- do not pack the soil in, as the airiness will allow the water to flow and the roots to grow.
- When the flowers are spent, cut them off, so nutrients can go back to the roots of the Hydrangea.
Hoping to plant your beautiful gift hydrangea outside? We have encountered both failed attempts and success stories when it comes to this endeavour, but yes, they can survive outdoors however we would suggest you follow these few steps:
- When the weather warms up, place your potted Hydrangea outside during the day to acclimate the plant, take it in a night. Give it an increasing amount of sun and time outside over a 10-day period.
- When there is no risk for frost (early-mid Summer), you can plant your hydrangea, temperatures need to reliably sit above 10 °C /50° F at night.
- When choosing where to plant your Hydrangea, ensure it is a sheltered location that provides filtered light from the morning sun (at least three hours) and cool afternoon shade.
- Continue to give your plant constant watering, to avoid it from drying out.
- Know that your plant won’t bloom again this year, but you are setting it up for a successful year ahead.
You will be sure to brighten up someone’s day with a beautiful gifted Spring Hydrangea, we can’t wait to see you!