What's the trick to growing your own hydrangea bush?
The only advice I can give you (that has worked for me) is to water your hydrangea bush A LOT and otherwise just ignore it!
I bought an inexpensive blue hydrangea bush in June of 2017 and planted it in a pot. Within a month, the blue got completely washed out as you can see in this photo from a post where I asked for help from other bloggers...
I got a lot of advice like...put a rusty nail in the pot, add coffee grounds once in a while, buy additives at the garden shop that is meant to turn them pink or blue depending on which color you prefer...
The best advice I got was "water it like crazy because the name itself, Hydrangea, indicates water."
So here we are, 2 years later. I've pretty much watered it like crazy and then ignored it! The pot sits out on the patio all year long.
In winter we get 2 or 3 small snow storms and the snow piles up on the pot and the poor shriveled plant. Sometimes I look out the window and think the snow is going to kill the plant for sure!
It was especially cold this past winter, but the plant came back with a vengeance this year and it seems like it can't decide whether to be blue or pink, so it's going for both!
I love it when even a crappy gardener like me can grow flowers like these!
I see a few hydrangeas flowers for sale in the floral sections at the market, and they sell for more than the price of a potted hydrangea that often has 3 to 6 flowers on it!
People should know they can buy a potted hydrangea, take it home and water it and cut flowers for the house for years to come.
Thanks for dropping by!