Hydrangeas generally thrive in partial sun, with a preference for full morning sun and some afternoon shade to protect them from the scorching midday sun. This is especially true for the large-leaved hydrangea variety, as its leaves are prone to wilting. However, some types of hydrangeas can tolerate full sun. When planting hydrangeas, it’s important to space them out based on their expected size at maturity, which can range from 3 to 10 feet apart. Fall and spring are the best times to plant hydrangeas, giving them enough time to establish a healthy root system before the extreme weather conditions of summer or winter. To plant hydrangeas, carefully remove them from their containers, inspect the root ball, and remove any dead or rotting parts before teasing the roots if necessary. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice or thrice as wide, positioning the base of the plant at the same level as the top of the planting hole. Water thoroughly after filling the hole halfway with soil, and water again after filling the rest of the hole. With proper care, you can enjoy beautiful pink hydrangea flowers.
Growing hydrangeas from cuttings is an easy and educational way to propagate these beautiful plants. Start by identifying a newly grown branch that has not yet bloomed. Look for lighter-colored growth that is less stiff than older branches. Cut the branch 4 to 5 inches below the tip, leaving at least 3 to 4 pairs of leaves on the cutting. Remove the lowest pair of leaves and any large remaining leaves that might touch the plastic bag that will be placed over the cutting to keep the humidity high. If desired, apply rooting hormone and plant fungicide powder to encourage root formation and prevent rotting. Plant the cutting in moist potting mix, covering it to just above the remaining leaves. Cover the pot with a plastic bag, propping it up so it doesn’t touch the leaves. Keep the pot in a warm, sheltered area and check it every few days, watering only when the top layer of soil is dry. Within a few weeks, you should feel resistance when gently pulling on the cutting, indicating that roots have formed.