Not everyone knows that there is a variety ofred hydrangea, with a large flower and bright tones. We are not talking about a bright pink or a fuchsia, but we are talking aboutred hydrangeasruby. On this page we will tell you how to care for hydrangeas, which fertilizer to use and how to cultivate it.
ThehydrangeasHydrangea Macrophylla are easy tocultivate, are suitable for cultivation in pots and are long-lived. The most cultivated are pink hydrangeas, verses or blue hydrangeas but there is no shortage of varietiesredand more lively tones.
Hydrangea macrophylla, the red varieties
There are several varieties ofred hydrangeas. Ripple is a recently introduced hybrid strain. It has large two-colored flowers and among the various combinations there is a beautiful red-white. The shape of the inflorescence is typically globular and the color of the flowers is white inside with a clear border red.
Macrophylla Ripple reaches a height of 120 cm and starts flowering from June. The flowers reach their maximum expression in July. In autumn, the flowers are appreciated for the color change that will go towards a more intense red.
The leaves have a serrated edge, dark green in color and with the characteristic wrinkled surface.
In addition to the Red Ripple hydrangea, we can point out the varietyLady Saori, which brings an explosive flowering that can last from early summer to mid-autumn. Lady Saori is a hybrid variety of Japanese origin, born from crosses made by the horticulturist Ryoji Irie. Its beauty so impressed the public that it was the winner of the “Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year”. The Red beauty (pictured above) is also a 'hydrangeafrom coral red.
Other varieties ofred hydrangeas, but of the shades more tending to fuchsia, are:
- Red Angel
- Red Baron
- Red sensation
How to grow red hydrangeas
L'red hydrangeait is cultivated following the samecareviews for all plantsHydrangea macrophylla.
They should be planted in the shaded areas of the garden and are particularly suitable for giving a touch of light and liveliness in partial shade areas.
L'exposurecorrected, in fact, it is partially shaded. Thehydrangeasthey can resist infull sunbut only if you water abundantly every day.
For theirrigationyou should use watersoftened(not calcareous) or even acidulated with the addition of white wine vinegar. All the rules seen for theirrigation of acidophilic plants. It goes irrigated frequently especially if grown injar.
Even if thehydrangeasthey adapt to any soles, to have lively blooms it will be necessary to cultivate them in an acid reaction soil.
Theremultiplication of hydrangeasit is easy to implement. Yes they canmultiply by cuttings, in late summer.
Red hydrangea fertilization
Like all hydrangeas, in order to obtain vivid and abundant blooms, you will have to provide forfertilization. It is important to always and only use specific products for acidophilic plants.
Avoid givingfertilizersuniversal because, for hydrangeas, they can be more harmful than benign.
Among the variousfertilizers for hydrangeason the market I point out the granular organic fertilizer Neudroff. In reality, it is not so much for the brand that we report it so much for its composition. Its formula sees a well-balanced blend of organic fertilizers:
NP (+ K) 7-3 (+6), Organic Nitrogen (N) 7.0%, Total Phosphoric Anhydride (P2O5) 3.0%, Potassium Oxide (K2O)
Perfect formula for acidophilic plants such ashydrangea, camellia, rhododendrons, azaleas, heather, bougainvillea ... Its solubility in water (6%) makes it perfect for prolonged action over time.
I reported this product both for the formula and because it is a natural fertilizer. I advise you to add it to the new planting holehydrangeas(100 grams) or give it to yourscultivation of hydrangeasalready started (25 to 75 g per plant, depending on the condition of the soil).
When to fertilize hydrangeas? In early spring (between March and April) and in summer (between June and July), to support flowering.
On Amazon, a 2.5 kg package of this granular natural fertilizer can be bought for 13.08 euros with free shipping. For all the info: Neudroff granular fertilizer.
Regardless of which brand you buy, be sure to get afertilizer for hydrangeas(specific for acidophilic plants) with prolonged release.