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LeeendeanLeeendean Posts: 114
Hi there, filling on from my post yesterday, I’ve just planted a new hydrangea and now know how to water the plant just wanted to know how Ofthen should I be feeding the plant with Fertilizer I have tomato rite and Miracle grow performance organic. Are they ok to use or should I seek a better one. Plant was planted with bone meal. 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    I’ve never fed a hydrangea.  They do brilliantly well once planted in the garden. If you have any home made compost you can pile that on in the autumn.
    if it’s a newly planted one feeding it will make it try to grow faster than it wants to, resulting in spindly weak branches.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    I usually feed mine after the early spring pruning with a slow release fertiliser in a pelleted format...lasts longer than any liquid feed and keeps feeding the plant slowly for the season. Also good to give them a mulch to add extra  organic matter to enrich the soil at the end of the season. For a newly planted one, I'd hold back and let it establish itself but keep an eye on watering it well.
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • LeeendeanLeeendean Posts: 114
    Ok thank you I’ll let it establish first before feeding. Then I probably will go down the pellet route and like you said feeds over time thanks for getting back to me 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,491
    edited July 2020
    I don't feed any of my hydrangeas. I've got about 8.
    I did use fertilizer on them a long time ago and I remember that, as Lyn mentioned above the stems grew quite long, but weak.
    Soon as the flowers appeared the stems couldn't support the weight and the flowers were mostly on the ground.
    I just put a layer of mulch around them in Spring
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  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    Good luck @Leeendean and enjoy them, they're such magnificent plants. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    Well done Pete, that’s exactly what can happen, I’ve  got about 60 here. 
    Once they are established they’ll grow like....😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LeeendeanLeeendean Posts: 114

  • LeeendeanLeeendean Posts: 114
    Thanks guys I will leave feeding it it’s my first one but I’m going to get some more this weekend there really nice plants 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,491
    If you would like a read before buying and considering the paniculata varieties some useful info here

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/pdfs/plant-trials-and-awards/plant-bulletins/hydrangea-paniculata.pdf

    Cuttings are very easy and will be in flower after a couple of years

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LeeendeanLeeendean Posts: 114
    ok thanks you pete. Thank you all for your help 
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