Hortense Pink Lady: description and reviews
If you think that in the landscape of your gardenlacks an effective and at the same time a gentle accent, decorate it with a magnificent shrub - hydrangea panicle Pink Lady. Planting and care of the plant are simple even for beginners in floriculture, while beautiful flowers will change beyond recognition any site.
This is one of the most popular varieties of paniculatehydrangea, which has long and successfully grown on their sites gardeners in Russia. Hydrangea panicle Pink lady was bred by the famous Dutch breeder Peter Zweinenburg. Today we will acquaint you with the peculiarities of this shrub, the secrets of agricultural technology. We hope that this information will be useful for beginning florists.
Hortensia paniculate Pink lady: a description of the variety
Experts consider this variety to be one of the mostattractive from a large family. The adult bush grows to two meters in height. Its sprawling crown is distinguished by a lush, expanding, fan-shaped form. Long branches of Hydrangea Pink lady cover large leaves with finely toothed edges.
Sprouts straight, dyed brown. By the fall, they acquire a reddish hue. Dense white flowers are connected, they form inflorescences of a cone-shaped elongated form up to thirty centimeters long. Over time, white flowers acquire a gentle pink color. They produce a pleasant sweetish flavor.
The indisputable advantage of this variety is a long flowering, starting from the second half of July and continuing until the first frosts.
Features of agricultural technology
Hortense Pink Lady, photo of which you cansee below, unpretentious and even suffers short-term stagnation of water. Easily adaptable to any type of soil, but at the same time it does not tolerate excessive lime content. The most suitable are acid types of soils.
Give preference to the soil mixture consistingfrom humus, leaf earth, sand and peat in the ratio 2: 2: 1: 1. Experienced gardeners sometimes artificially acidify the soil, bringing it to an ideal state.
The beauty of the hydrangea shrub Pink lady, likemost perennials, largely depends on the planting material purchased by the gardener. When buying a plant, the weak seedlings should be alerted: afterwards they are unlikely to be able to demonstrate all the beauty of this variety.
We already talked about how unpretentious it isa wonderful plant - hydrangea Pink lady. Planting and caring for it will require the owner of minimal effort. The best time for planting a plant is spring, although it is possible to do this work in the fall, however, in this case some additional measures will be required, which we will discuss below.
Planting a Hydrangea Pink Lady in the spring, you givea bush additional chance to adapt more quickly in the summer, to take root in typical for your region climatic conditions. If you decide to plant a hydrangea in autumn, then the seedling should be sheltered for the winter. This is done without fail, regardless of the frost resistance of the plant.
Select a location
For Hydrangeas Pink Lady is very importantchoose a suitable site for planting, where the plant will feel quite comfortable and at the same time successfully fit into the landscape. For this sort of hydrangea, a paniculate is most suitable for solar areas, but well protected from the wind. Although Hydrangea Pink Lady tolerates and partial shade, she in this case does not reveal all her beauty: the flowers lose their exquisite pink shade. In addition, the flowering activity decreases.
This sort of hydrangea is not very fond of sandysoil, which must be taken into account when choosing a place for planting. Drainage properties of the soil are important for this plant, but they should not be clearly expressed. This is due to the fact that this sort of hydrangea is a water-loving plant, it will suffer a short-term excess of moisture, but a drought can ruin its root system.
Preparing for planting
So, the place is chosen, now it is necessary correctlydig a landing pit and prepare it appropriately for planting. Since this shrub is quite large, its proper development and abundant flowering should be taken care of while it is still small.
The pit is prepared for him rather spacious, itsThe size should be at least 50x50 cm, but not more than 80x80 cm. It depends on the size of the seedling and its root system. The depth of the pit must be at least fifty centimeters. Do not be confused by the rather impressive size of the landing pit: do not forget that it should be filled with fertilizers.
Now fill it with two or three buckets of water at night, so that the moisture completely soaked the soil.
Landing in open ground
In the morning fill the pit with soil mixture and addorganic and mineral fertilizers: superphosphate - 65 g, potassium sulfate - 25 g, urea - 25 g. It is desirable to add to this mixture pine needles or pine, it will additionally acidify the soil. Try not to let lime get into the mixture.
The pit is filled with the soil mixture almost to the top, and in this condition it is ready for planting.
Preparation of seedlings
Needs pruning roots before planting Hydrangea Pink Lady. The description, which can be found in publications on floriculture, recommends cutting off annual shoots, leaving only 3-5 buds on them.
Hydrangea Pink lady needs a loosening of the soil,weeding, fertilizing fertilizers and frequent, abundant watering, without which you will not wait for active flowering. This sort of hydrangea is frost-resistant, so it is not required to hide it for winter (except for planting the seedlings in autumn).
However, if the winter is expected in your areawithout snow and with very strong frosts, then you can not do without shelter. The length of shoots of this hydrangea is corrected annually, and the soil is periodically mulched using pine needles, peat or sawdust. This will keep moisture under the bush.
Frequent watering of the soil near the bush is not uncommoncause the appearance of a crust on it. In this case it is necessary to carry out regular loosening, treating the soil around the bush in a radius of about 70 cm, and at the same time removing the weeds.
The peculiarity of this hydrangea is that undera rather high ground part is hidden root system, which grows horizontally. For this reason, the plant especially needs moisture. Loosen the soil very carefully, so as not to damage the rhizomes.
The soil around the bush should always be moist. This is especially important in dry and hot days. Drying of the soil can not be tolerated. Every day hydrangeas are watered quite abundantly - up to thirty liters per square meter. In the rainy summer, watering is reduced. In the water for irrigation should be added potassium permanganate (manganese).
To achieve an active and long flowering,it is necessary to feed the plant with various fertilizers. The plant is responsive to organic fertilizers. For example, slurry operates very efficiently, but the main thing is to observe the measure, otherwise the inflorescences will begin to break under their own weight.
Good results are given by a complex of mineral fertilizers, if used correctly - a solution (25 pellets per ten liters of water) is poured under a bush in the spring.
The blooming blossom hydrangea will respond to feeding with the following composition: urea (25 g), superphosphate (35 g) and potassium sulphate (35 g) per ten liters of water.
Today in specialized stores you canpurchase a special fertilizer for hydrangeas, which is as balanced as possible. Feed the plant four times a year: from early spring to late summer or early autumn.
The first fertilizing is carried out in the period of sap movementin the plant. For this, organic fertilizers are used, which give a charge for the active growth of the inflorescences. The second feeding should be done during the formation and growth of buds. At this time, compounds with urea, potassium and superphosphate are used. In the middle of summer a third part of the fertilizer is introduced, which contributes to long flowering. In this case, watering with the use of a mineral complex is required. The last top dressing is carried out in the period of preparation for winter. It should not use nitrogen. It is better to use a ready fertilizer for hydrangeas during this period.
Since inflorescences are formed only on newshoots hydrangeas, plants need strength for their education. Therefore, old stems are cut off every year. Only in this case you will receive an abundantly flowering beautiful bush, covered with large inflorescences.
It is advisable to spend pruning in the spring before the beginning of sap movement, before the beginning of active vital activity.
Pink lady in landscape design
Specialists in landscape design like andactively use this sort of hydrangeas for landscaping suburban areas and gardens. This plant has been highly appreciated thanks to its abundant flowering for several months, frost resistance, unpretentiousness in the care.
It should be borne in mind that this shrubgrows to two meters in width, so it is necessary to leave a border zone between plants in the neighborhood. Pink lady is suitable for any style of design: looks great in single landings, no less interesting in group compositions. This beauty looks beautifully in the neighborhood with coniferous plants. Its inflorescence harmoniously combines with many evergreen trees.
The only thing that can not be forgotten in a group planting: pick plants that are close to their requirements for the sun, moisture and soil quality.
Hortense Pink Lady: reviews of gardeners
Most gardeners consider it a great successThe choice of hydrangeas for the greening of your site. Plants do not require the owner of special efforts in care, not particularly fastidious to the composition of the soil and almost all the season pleases with abundant flowering. There are no serious shortcomings in this variety, except for the need for shelter for the winter in the northern regions.