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Lopsided hydrangea

wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

A friend took cuttings of my beautiful Blaumese Teller Blue hydrangea (not the one I posted about in my 'cuttings' thread) and now it is lopsided :-(

Will the hydrangea eventually become rounded again and bush out? Do they get new growths. I read somewhere you should never prune a hydrangea but I don't know if that's true... I hope it doesn't stay this shape. I think the plant was cut in about 4 places. 

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thank you for the reassurance Verdun - Verdun to the rescue again! image

    Yes, it's absolutely beautiful..the most amazing hydrangea I have ever seen. Huge long dark green leaves, and massive flowers surrounding smaller pretty flowers inside. The flowers inside are apparently not sterile as per normal hydrangeas. And it's different to a regular lacecap. I bought it back in April when it was so small. I never knew it would grow and be so spectacular. This variety - Blaumeise is so difficult to find in garden centres and it's from Swiss breeder Teller - my local, where I bought it never had anymore again. I have seen it online though and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Indeed I had repotted it into this bigger pot and using ericaceous compost back in May, and then it's been watered with hydrangea colourant granules as per the bottle instructions. I am not sure whether to put it in the ground or not. We have 7 hydrangeas in total in the ground lol. One was brought from our previous house and is probably about 30 years old - it's huuuge! My mother really loves hydrangeas. I never used to see the beauty or the popularity until this year. They are really cool, easy going plants.

    Where we live, I think the soil is neutral to alkaline and the blue may not be maintained. Do you think if we put loads of ericaceous in the planting hole, it will be maintained? I am not sure sure. Might be best to keep it as an ornamental in a pot. But I also do not like keeping to many plants in pots, so I don't know what to do. I already have one camelia and a couple of azaleas in a pots for the same soil PH reason image

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    I'm starting to like them yes. I would like to have 'Miss Saori'. Not that keen on paniculata as I think they look like Buddleias which I do not like. I've only seen the paniculatas in photos though.

    I am still a bit concerned about the lopsidedness Verdun. It is ruining the beauty :-( I am a worrier, but I do hope it becomes an even rounded shape again. Gardening is teaching me patience but I am not doing very well lol.

    I have just repotted it in May - when do you recommend potting it into bigger? I think this is a good idea because all the info on this hydrangea looks like it grows to a very massive size. Keeping it in the pot is cruel I feel, but if I get as big a pot as possible may be alright...

    When you say make a feature do you mean plant them all in the same pot as the hydrangea? Won't that blue lithodora mean it will all be too blue? Won't tulips be too tall to add into the pot with the hydrangea?

    Remember Verdun it's really called Blaumeise and is incorrectly sold as Teller Blue sometimes. Do you use any special feed on your hydrangeas?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025

    Wakeshine, if it bothers you, you could simply prune the rest of it back to the same point and allow it to grow on from there. image

    More cutting material too image

    Pot on when the roots are filling the one it's in. If you lift it up, you'll see them starting to come through the drainage holes image

    Last edited: 09 August 2016 12:44:03

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thanks Fairygirl No it doesn't bother me I was just asking. And no no I don't think anything should be pruned now!!! I was just asking for the future as to whether it would become bushy again. We don't know if the cuttings taken will root so that's enough for now! Don't want destroy the plant any further! I think it's looking more lopsided because the blooms are so large. Otherwise it probably wouldn't look so bad.

    It's definitely not ready for potting on as I only did it in May. I will plan to do it when it's dormant. I know this pot doesn't look very big but it is quite big. There don't seem to be any roots coming out yet.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Would the other plants be okay in ericaceous compost though?

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    I have never seen hydreangeas in pots with other flowers. I will have to try it. A bit like my hosta in a hanging basket lol. If you have any other suggestions please let me know image

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