Hortensia large-leafed: shelter for the winter
- 04 Sep 10:45
Hortensia large-leafed - a magic plant with spherical inflorescences resembling air clouds, and large emerald green leaves. Such a flower can become an ornament of any garden, but since the homeland of hydrangea is Southeast Asia, to maintain thein a temperate climate, care must be taken to avoid shrubbery when winter colds occur.
- 1 Features of hydrangea large-leafed
- 2 How to save the plant in the winter
- 3 Video All about hydrangea
- 4 Winter shelter design
- 5 Video "Winter shelter for hydrangea"
Features of hydrangea large-leafed
For cultivation in the garden hydrangea is very convenient- it is unpretentious to the type of soil( absorbed even on poor clay), able to grow up to two meters, so it can be used to create hedges. But this shrub is also popular among gardens, and one excellent property - bright, large inflorescences can change the color depending on the nature of the soil.
Plant the plant best on a mixture of peat, sand, turf and leafy land to allow rooting and hydrangea to grow well. The shrub will react to the acidity of the soil: the inflorescences will be colored in pink in a light-grained environment, and the acidity above 5.2 pH will contribute to the appearance of a bluish tint. Large varieties with white flowers are not able to change the color.
It is necessary to pay attention and illumination - hydrangea should be planted in a shaded place, but the plant has at least six hours a day to get sunlight. Also, when choosing a place to land, look for that area that is not blown away.
No matter what kind of large-flowered hydrangea you have chosen for the site, they are all demanding to the temperature of the air, and it is not for nothing, because the roots are close to the surface. Therefore, if you do not take measures for warming, the plant can freeze. The shrub badly tolerates a drop in temperature below 18 degrees, and although after such a plant does not die, but instead of giving flowers, after the winter, it can only cover the leaves. This is due to the fact that the kidneys for further flowering "are laid" already in the first cycle of life, because the shrubs need to cover the winter, so that in the spring, hydrangea came alive and could give flowering shoots.
Breeders also brought winter-resistant varieties:
- Early Sensation;
- Endless Summer;
- Series Forever & Ever or You & Me.
The most important for gardeners of the quality of these varieties of hydrangea is large-flowered - the ability to develop flower buds, both on shoots this year and last year, providing annual flowering from May to October. However, even for winter-resistant varieties it will be correct if you cover the hydrangea for the winter.
How to save the plant in winter
Preparation of hydrangea of large-leaf varieties to colds should not start unless you feel the first autumn fluctuations of temperature, and in advance - in the middle of summer. To begin with, you need to pay attention to what you are watering a flower. It is right to take water for this, it is desirable to rain, for it to rain, so that the lime has managed to settle because the plant is poorly tolerated. Further, since the end of July, it is necessary to begin to add phosphorus-potassium fertilizers instead of nitrogen, so that the plant becomes more resistant to weather changes and easier to suffer cold.
With the onset of autumn from the stem closer to the root, the leaves are removed, as well as the termination of hydrangea irrigation - it is necessary to make it possible for the beginnings of the kidneys to get ripened, which will allow to prevent freezing. The final stage of preparation for the plant cover is the trimming of inflorescences, but it is important to accidentally not capture shoots with the kidneys, if you grow hydrangea, which belongs to winter-resistant varieties.
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Many gardeners who first decided to plant hydrangea face the problem that after a hibernation the plant abundantly covers the leaves, but does not want to blush. And most often, the reason lies in the fact that the shrub was not sheltered for the winter, resulting in the stem freezes. Therefore, you should not neglect the warming of your garden beauty, if you want to make it happy in the summer with your flowering.
The methods of hydrangea cover for the winter differ depending on its age, and adult plants can be warmed as follows:
- first put around wooden bush and to them, along the direction of growth of the stem, bend the shoots and fix, for example, on plastic brackets. Above lay waterproof material( lutrace or agrospan), and after filling some buckets of dry leaves and cover with a film;The second variant of
- does not foresee strong stiffening of the stem, instead the basis of the bush falls asleep garden land, and the distance around are arranged in small boxes, which tilt the stems and fix them. Then it is necessary to cover the course with agrospan and film;
- instead of wooden planks lay around shrub spruce branches and fall asleep with dry leaves. Next, the shoots are stacked in a circle, fixed, and from the top it is necessary to provide shelter with the same branches, lutrasilom and leaves, alternating them in several layers. For the very top, put a waterproof material, for example, a film.
If you have a young flower planted this year, then you need to be careful and try not to damage the sprouts. And regardless of whether you have a plant that has a winter resistance or not, but in the first winter any sort needs to be covered. To do this, start the preparation first - cut the seedlings up to eight centimeters, removing the leaves completely. Then the bush should be sprinkled with leaves or peat, completely covering the seedlings, which are placed on top of spruce branches, film and fasten with any cargo, for example, stones or boards.
The second option of a young hydrangea shelter involves the installation of a grid or multiple boxes around the plant in order to create a greenhouse for shoots. And in the space obtained, the dry leaves fall asleep, the twigs stack and tension the film. Do not worry about the fact that such a "steam room" for a flower is harmful - if condensation forms, it leads to the appearance of mold on the stems, you just have to rinse it using water or a solution of manganese.
The most important thing when caring for any kind of hydrangea is to provide it with proper preparation for colds. Do not neglect the warming of the plant, and if you covered the bush, do not hurry to open it in the spring, because unstable weather and frostbite can damage the heat-loving shrub. But when you properly set your hydrangea for the winter, you can not doubt that all summer and autumn, it will please you wonderful flowering.
Video "Shelter for the winter for hydrangea"
In order to keep the flower hydrangea right in the resting phase during the winter, we encourage you to read this information. Here you will find useful information for those who are going to store hydrangea in the winter.