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Characteristics white hydrangea

The white hydrangea is a variety of the classic hydrangea, a very common ornamental plant. The color of the flowers can vary according to the acidity of the soil, which is why there are pink, blue, white or lavender hydrangeas.

Soils with pH 4.5-5 favor the birth of blue, purple or white shades while a soil with pH 6-6.5 produces red or pink flowers. But the white shade is not determined only by the acidity of the soil. It is in fact the species to which it belongs which sanctions the candid coloration of the buds.

Hydrangea panicula, or white hydrangea, is the only hydrangea species that has this particular color. Unlike other hydrangeas, it comes in the form of a sapling that can even reach five meters in height. During the flowering period, i.e. in summer, the sapling opens the buds filling with fragrant white flowers.

One curiosity is that hydrangea is generally not given to your loved one, because the bright colors of its flowers mean the desire to run away. Otherwise the white color of the white hydrangea protects against unpleasant interpretations.


White hydrangea cultivation

White hydrangea is an easy-to-grow plant. Being a rather large specimen, it would be preferable to grow it in the garden in order to give it all the space necessary for its development.

If you still want to grow it in a pot, you can drastically prune it in the summer to reduce its size. In fact, this particular variety of hydrangea is not affected by significant pruning, indeed it produces flowers that are sparser but larger in size.

The pH of the soil in which it is grown must be acidic, a condition that is obtained by adding organic manure a couple of times a year. The white hydrangea can be exposed to the sun but it also grows in shady areas, only slowing down its development.

As far as the climate is concerned, it is a plant that resists even to the cold temperatures, so it can be grown a bit all over Italy. Watering must be abundant and constant, especially in summer, and only when the soil is completely dry because the plant can not stand stagnations. To prevent this problem it is good to add draining sand to the soil or clay on the bottom of the pot.

The white hydrangea is a very common ornamental plant thanks to its resistance and its great ornamental value. The inflorescences of the hydrangea are striking for their size and for the great variety of colors. Used for flower beds, borders or as an isolated plant, it enriches balconies or gardens with beautiful and abundant flowers.

White hydrangea for short

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Kind: Hydrangea

Plant type: Ornamental

Origin: China, Japan, North and South America

Foliage: Semi-persistent, transient

Habit: Bushy

Use: Potted (on balconies and terraces), or in the open ground (in the garden)

Height at maturity: From 1 m to 10 m

Growth speed: Normal

Diseases and pests: Powdery mildew, gray mold, mealybug, red spider, slugs

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