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Hydrangea Hell

It's probably my fault for trying to repot a Tesco Easter gift but here we are. Any ideas? 

Inside due to recent cold snaps, and not overwatering. 



  • Hydrangeas normally flower in the summer so yours has probably been forced into flowering at an early time of the year by being grown in a heated greenhous, polytunnel or maybe even abroad.

    The recent cold will have damaged the flower heads but the plant healthy otherwise and should flower again next year.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,996

    Cut the dead flowers off and put in in a pot twice that size, or even better in the garden, it isn't going to  flower next year in that tiny pot. They are not really suitable as houseplants, put it outside, especially if you get rain, it will love it.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,005

    If you want it to have blue flowers next year use ericaceous loam-based compost when you repot, and water either with rainwater or use tap water Hydrangea Blueing Powder (from garden centres), otherwise the flowers will turn pink. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • you guys rock! Thank you! 

  • moira61moira61 Posts: 1

    After reading the comments about blueing hydrangeas I have done this for a number years with success.

     I recently read that coffee grounds are also good for blueing them. Has anyone tried this and if so with success or not.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,996

    If you have acid soil like mine they will look like this in a few years.



    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Bee GBee G Posts: 33

    Wow these are stunning Lyn! I too have 2 which I bought as leftover Easter plants from Aldi! I sat them outside during the day for a few days and have now planted in the garden. The lace capped one isn't looking too happy flower-wise but the foliage seems grand so will keep fingers crossed. I have such happy memories of these plants as my grandmother used to have them growing up the front of her house and am very keen to recreate that effect image

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