A fairly recent introduction which, unlike other Hydrangea's, produces flowers on both new and old stems. Hydrangea serrata 'Cotton Candy' is a compact, hardy shrub that will tolerate being grown in a patio pot or in the garden. In neutral to alkaline soil, semi-double pink flowers will appear, but if on acidic soil, they emerge blue. The magnificent blooms are also used for cut flowers as they are particularly long-lasting. Its deciduous, serrated, dark green foliage turns to red in autumn for an extra splash of colour. Height & Spread: 100cm (39").
1 X 5 Litre Potted Hydrangea Plant (T68073) 2 X 5 Litre Potted Hydrangea Plants (T68074P)
Water regularly until plants are fully established. Leave the faded hydrangea flower heads in place until the new buds swell in spring to protect the delicate buds from frost damage. Prune after flowering, reducing the stems to restrict their growth to the available space and to improve the shape of the plant. If necessary, Hydrangea paniculata will tolerate hard pruning of the oldest stems to a few buds from ground level. This will also encourage larger flower heads to be produced. After pruning hydrangeas, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant. Caution: All parts of hydrangea are toxic and will upset the stomach if eaten. The foliage may also aggravate skin allergies.
Hydrangea serrata prefers a sunny or semi-shaded position, with shelter from cold, drying winds. Grow hydrangea plants in any fertile, moist soil. Improve the soil prior to planting by adding with plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost, ensuring that it is mixed in thoroughly and deeply.
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