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If you have decided and for the first time purchased such a magnificent, but equally demanding plant as large-leaved hydrangea for growing in your garden , you probably have many questions about how, when and where it is better to plant this plant in the garden.
Where is the best place to plant?
All hydrangeas are quite shade-tolerant plants, but large-leaved (macrophylls) are not among them. Even in the southern regions with mild winters and a fairly large number of sunny days during the year, this plant can be planted in a maximum of partial shade, but not in the shade. In other regions, the plant should be planted in a sunny place.
But do not rush to plant it in the hottest sunny areas. She needs to choose a place where the large-leaved hydrangea will not suffer from excessive heat and overheating of the roots. It is necessary to choose a place where the plant will be well lit not in the heat of the day, but in the morning and evening hours, at least 6 hours a day. Planting hydrangeas in areas that are too sunny will lead to the fact that during the daytime the leaves and inflorescences of the plant will wilt and wither, which may not recover even at night.
Large-leaved hydrangea should not be planted under / next to large trees, since it is quite moisture-loving and from such a neighborhood it will lack the necessary amount of moisture, which will mainly be taken by larger plants.
Planting large-leaved hydrangea.
Planting a large-leaved hydrangea requires great care and careful preparation. The main attention should be paid to the preparation of the site and the earthen mixture with which the landing pit will be filled.
The optimal planting time in regions with cold winters in the Middle lane and, in particular, in the Moscow region is mid-late spring. It is necessary to wait until the soil completely thaws, warms up to a temperature of at least 8-10 C. Depending on the region, weather conditions and weather forecast, it is good to plant hydrangea in the period from mid-April to mid-Maybut provided that the threat of return frosts has passed. If the forecast is unfavorable or the necessary conditions have not been created, transfer the planting of hydrangeas to the ground until more favorable conditions occur.
When planting several hydrangea bushes or when planting in groups, keep a distance between plants of 1 m .
What soil to prepare for large-leaved hydrangea?
For hydrangea, it is necessary to prepare a special soil with which the landing pit will be filled. It is necessary to mix garden soil, high-moor peat in equal proportions, but it is sour (not neutralized), humus. The soil should be loose and nutritious. You can prepare another potting mix of soddy soil, leaf humus and sand, but at the same time mulch the planting hole with pine litter for acidity, or add pine litter directly to the planting hole along with the rest of the ingredients. Without exception, all hydrangeas love acidic soil; hydrangeas will not fully grow in other soil. The acidity of the soil also affects the color of the hydrangea. In acidic soils, hydrangea has a blue-lilac hue, and in alkaline soils — pink.
The size of the planting hole should depend on the size of the root ball of the plant and can range from 35 to 50 cm or more . If the site is wet enough and there is a risk of water stagnation, then a drainage layer of expanded clay, pebbles or crushed stone should be laid at the bottom of the landing pit.
Before transplanting into the ground, place a container with hydrangea (with good drainage holes) in a basin or bucket with MAXIM solution or any other fungicide from several hours to a day. The solution should be weak — 5 ml per bucket of water.
Before planting in the ground, the hydrangea must be watered abundantly for several hours. Take the plant out of the container very carefully. We must try not to destroy the earthen ball. If the root system is quite developed and there are a lot of tangled roots inside the container, then in the case of hydrangea it is better not to try to straighten them, in the planting hole, over time, the roots themselves will take a comfortable position for themselves. Lower the hydrangea to the bottom of the hole and cover the plant with earth with a neat compaction.
After planting, the hydrangea must be watered abundantly (and the remaining solution of the MAXIM fungicide can be used), the trunk circle should be mulched with peat mixture or coniferous litter up to 10 cm thick .
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