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How to Care for Lacecap Hydrangeas

Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison

Lacecap hydrangeas add a great deal of delicate beauty and color to the home garden. You can help them look their best by giving them what they need to be healthy and well sited. Follow these suggestions to bring out the best in your lacecap hydrangeas.

If you are at the point of purchasing a lacecap hydrangea for your garden, start with the healthiest plant you can find. The flowers (if present) should have a good shape and the leaves should be well formed with no drooping or misshapen edges. Put your finger an inch into the soil to make sure it's been well watered and look for nice, even branching. A dense, compact plant is preferable to a tall leggy one. It's possible to rescue a struggling plant but easier to start off with a nice healthy one.

Give your lacecap hydrangea a good chance to thrive in your garden. Place it where it gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Good drainage is vital; hydrangeas need lots of moisture but don't do well in soggy soil.

Feed your lacecap hydrangea with a balanced fertilizer (an NPK of 10-10-10 is good).

Lacecap hydrangeas do not require a lot of pruning, but you will help your plant if you remove any damaged or dead branches. Pruning should be done right after the flowering period.

Lacecap hydrangeas prefer soil that is evenly moist. To help your soil retain moisture, put a layer of about two inches of mulch on top of the surrounding soil. Do not pile the mulch up around the base of the plant. Your goal should be to keep the soil moist, not to smother the plant.

Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison

Enjoy the beauty of your lacecap hydrangea. It should give you many years of viewing pleasure

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Copyright 2011 Joan Harrison