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Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Yesterday I bought a Hydrangea Macrophylla with white flowers. I have taken a few cuttings from it before planting the plant in a tub to sit on the patio. Will the flowers be white next year? I have blue and pink hydrangeas planted in the soil and am aware the colour of the flowers is determined to some extent by the type of soil. I would like these to remain white. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.



  • I have a white hydrangea which gets pale pink flowers later in the season but it is very pretty so do not mind that.  Most of the summer the flowers are white though.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,882

    Mine start of white then the centre go blue/grey then the whole thing, then I turf them out.

    maybe the  Macrophylia are different.

    The answer to Christine's question is yes it will stay white in a tub, but they are quite thirsty hungry plants that like to grow big so I don't know how long you can keep it in there for. I find they do best in the ground.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I've just got 2 x Annabelle white ones for my white bed - so any sign of a colour change and they'll be out!


  • mushermusher Posts: 389
    Christine I have two hydrangeas called annabelle. Their pure white. Turning a pale lime now
  • mushermusher Posts: 389
    Order in the border. They've been pure white during the summer
  • that's good news Musher, thanks. Pale lime is acceptable! But if they start going down the blue/pink route I have other places they can live. Thank you!

  • Thanks to all for your very helpful advice. The hydrangea is not a named one, it was half price on the clearance bench at Homebase, couldn't resist buying it! For now I plan to leave it in a pot on the patio. When /  if it gets too big I will plant it in the ground.

    I will let you know if it remains white next summer. Managed to get 8 cuttings off it, usually get a good success rate with Hydrangeas hope these take!

  • Here is a picture of my white hydrangea which gives a pure white show throughout the summer then heralds autumn by turning a delightful pale oink.which it is in the processing of doing now.



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