Plant care

The hydrangeas from the Music Collection ® are cultivated with care by the three brothers of De Jong. We hope you will give these beautifull Hydrangeas the best of care in your garden. They are easy to grow, quite hardy and resistant to most deseases. Making it even easier to care for these hydrangeas. With the right care, the hydrangeas will have a very long flowering period and will give you months of joy. Below are several tips:

Hydrangea planting

The hydrangeas of the Music Collection® can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Keep in mind, however, that these hydrangeas do not like extremely hot conditions, so try to locate them in an area where they can enjoy some afternoon shade. While they can be grown in a wide range of soils, hydrangeas typically prefer rich, moist soil that drains easily. Amending the soil with compost prior to planting is helpful. Hydrangea planting should be performed in spring or summer once the threat of frost has passed. Water thoroughly after planting. You can also add a layer of mulch following hydrangea planting.

Transplanting

Hydrangeas can also be transplanted easily, but this should only be done during dormancy in fall or winter. Be sure to dig up the entire rootball and replant immediately. Since flowers are produced on new growth, you should prune hydrangeas once their blooming has ceased.

Fertilizer and water

Water is an important factor. The Music Collection hydrangea enjoys deep watering at least once a week, especially in dry weather. They also benefit from an occasional boost of fertilizer once or twice a year in spring or summer. As a result, the hydrangea will grow into a healthy, evenly-growing plant with many flowers.

Blooming

The special varieties of the Music Collection can grow 80-cm tall and blooms from May to November. Just enjoy the flowers

Pruning

Actually there is no need to trim the Music Collection hydrangeas. Just removing the finished flowers is sufficient. If the hydrangea is growing in a warm climate, you should remove the old flowers immediately after the flowering period. If it is in a cooler climate, you should trim the plant in the spring – just before the hydrangea flowers. Only remove the finished flowers and leave the new buds in place.

Retaining the blue colour

Did you know that the blue hydrangea derives its colour partly from the soil composition? The flowers will only turn blue if the plant is in acid soil and aluminium sulphate or potassium alum has been added. If you would like to retain the attractive blue colour every year, you should scatter the soil with aluminium sulphate or potassium alum in the first half of September. Thereby ensure that the sulphate is not poured onto the foliage or flowers. This product can be obtained from most garden centres.