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ABOUT HYDRANGEAS — Hydrangea macrophylla

What are remontant and free flowering hydrangeas?

Hillary T
Remontant hydrangeas rebloom in the fall. Free flowering hydrangeas flower more freely, yet are not remontant. Learn the nuances here.
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What is a Mophead Hydrangea Flower?

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The mophead types are, literally, the Garden Variety Hydrangea types. They were selected by people to grow in their gardens because they are bigger than the wild lacecap types and therefore more bodacious. Learn about their showy sepals here.
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What is a Lacecap Hydrangea Flower?

Hillary T
Lacecaps are the wild hydrangeas set up by nature to have two kinds of florets in the lacy flower heads. The showy outer florets ring the edge of the head. Their job is to attract pollinating insects to the less-showy inner fertile florets. It's the job of the fertile flowers to make fruit/seeds and reproduce so the species lives on.
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Top 6 Hydrangea Species for Gardens

Mariana DiVita 2 Comments
We've asked Mariana DiVita to explain the differences between types of hydrangeas. Experts say there are 25 to 80 different species of hydrangeas, but for the average gardener 6 are the most popular. Each species has different cultural requirements - no matter your garden or garden style there is a hydrangea for you!
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Hydrangea Color and pH

Hillary T 1 Comment
Did you know that our beauty queen hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, combats aluminum toxicity with its flowers? It’s well known that pH influences flower color on bigleaf hydrangeas, but how this happens is even more interesting than pH alone. Here’s the science behind the flower color.
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Why is My Hydrangea Not Blooming?

Mariana DiVita 4 Comments
For this question about Hydrangea macrophylla (commonly called bigleaf or French hydrangea), we've asked Mariana DiVita to help us understand the flowering whims of this hydrangea species. Mariana is a Master Gardener from Cherokee County, Georgia.
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Do I Have to Prune My Hydrangeas?

Hillary T 2 Comments
Dear hydrangea pilgrim, you're freed! You don't have to prune your hydrangea. There are a few circumstances when you'd want to ask yourself, "is it necessary to prune my hydrangea? We'll discuss them right now.
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How to Prune Deadwood from Hydrangea macrophylla, Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hillary T
Deadwood in a hydrangea is defined as last's years stems that have died. They look coarse and scraggly and it's time for them to go. We're going to explain how to prune deadwood from Hydrangeas macrophylla, bigleaf hydrangea. How-to video included.
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How to Deadhead Hydrangeas: Bigleaf Hydrangea and Panicle Hydrangea

Hillary T
Deadheading bigleaf hydrangea flowers is easy and I find it relaxing as can be. Here's a video that shows you how to do it.
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