Hydrangea Diamond Rungs paniculate: planting and care, breeding, reviews
For many gardeners and owners of household plots, a hydrangea panicle became a favorite plant that creates a special atmosphere that transforms any territory beyond recognition.
This is a shrub (or tree) from the familystone-clad rocks from the Far East. There are many varieties and varieties of hydrangea panicle, but breeders do not stop there - every year new, better varieties and varieties appear that perfectly tolerate the vagaries of the weather, delightful flower growers with delicious colors of various sizes, shapes and most incredible shades.
The height of the hydrangea bush of this species varies fromone and a half to two meters (depending on the variety). From other types of hydrangeas this variety is distinguished by a special form of inflorescence. Small, delicate flowers are collected in a pyramidal shape of panicle. Inflorescences may be longer than thirty and a width of twenty centimeters.
The plant blossoms abundantly, forming a magnificent crown,from June to October. Bushes begin to bloom three to four years after planting. Today we want to introduce a new variety of hydrangeas - Diamond Rouge, which is considered one of the most beautiful in its family. With the observance of simple rules of care, the bushes will delight you for a long time with a magnificent bloom.
Hydrangea paniculate Diamond Rouge: a description of the plant
This is one of the most compact panicleshydrangeas. She admires the rich red color and magnificent magnificent inflorescences up to forty centimeters in length, which consist of sterile flowers. Inflorescences have a pyramidal shape.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge (owner reviews areconfirm) is a true innovation - this is the most beautiful variety of the currently existing types of panic hydrangeas. In early July, flowers with large sepals reveal absolutely white flowers, which become pink after a few days, and after three weeks they acquire a rich red color. By August it becomes even more intense, purple-red. Flowering lasts for several weeks.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge, whose description todaycan be found in many publications on floriculture, blooms abundantly and continuously. The color shades may vary depending on the type of soil and weather conditions. The bush in height, as a rule, does not exceed one and a half meters, with many strong and strong shoots, each of which is crowned with a luxurious inflorescence.
Hydrangea paniculate Diamond Rouge possessesdecorative leaves - in the spring the latter is painted in a bright green color, in the autumn it changes shades from purple to orange. The leaves have an elongated shape and a velvety surface. They are located opposite.
Hydrangea Diamond Runge has a superficialroot system, which extends widely beyond the crown and, like most of the Far Eastern plants, prefers coolness. This explains the need for an annual spring mulching of the stump circle. Mulch retains moisture in the soil and maintains its fertility, which, undoubtedly, has a beneficial effect on the flowering of the plant.
Hydrangea paniculate Diamond Rouge: planting and care
This light-loving plant, but it's beautifulit also develops in the penumbra. Hydrangea paniculate Diamond Rouge is usually planted in open ground in autumn or early spring. It is hard to tolerate arid seasons, and in moist soils the plant feels fine. That is why you need to carefully monitor the quality of watering.
The landing pit should be made quite wide -not less than seventy centimeters in diameter. This is necessary in order for the roots to be distributed evenly. It is filled with a portion of organic and mineral fertilizers and is well moisturized. It is important to know that when planting a seedling, do not dip the root collar. Covered with soil and a well-tamped pit, it is necessary to water abundantly.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge can be planted inopen ground and in autumn, but only in southern regions. Before planting the seedlings, you must choose the right place. And in this case, there are several factors.
This kind of hydrangea does not tolerate direct sunlight, therefore half-shadowed areas are most suitable for it. In the sun, the hydrangea grows poorly, its inflorescence grows smaller.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge, planting and caring fornot too difficult even for a beginner in floriculture, prefers clay or loamy fertile soil. In the sandy soil it practically does not develop. For this variety, a loose, organically rich, fertile, moderately moist soil with a neutral or acidic medium is most suitable. On such soil, flowers become more saturated shade.
Acidic nutrient medium for this luxuriousplants can be created using ordinary milk whey. If it gets into the soil, its bacteria will create a plant-friendly environment. In addition, acidification of the soil can be made by adding sawdust, semi-dished pine needles, brown peat.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge is a water-loving plant, therefore it does not tolerate the neighborhood with the same plants, lovers of moisture. It is more expedient to plant ground cover flowers under the crown, for example, saxifrage.
Caring for the bush after planting
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge is responsive to care. Compliance with simple rules will help to achieve abundant bright flowering in a healthy powerful bush.
It must be abundant and regular (indry season at least twice a week). After watering, you should loosen the soil to prevent cracking of the top layer. Will help you in this mulching peat or needles.
At the beginning of the growth of the bush is useful infusion of nettle(diluted). Mineral fertilizing should be done carefully, but regularly (every ten days). For this, water-soluble fertilizers, which are added to water for irrigation, are suitable. A dilute bird droppings and slurry are suitable from organic materials. In addition, for the treatment of plants suitable iron chelate. The fertilizer application interval should not exceed fifteen days. Otherwise, the flowers will be small and faded.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge needs an annualpruning. Thanks to this procedure, the plant will long remain attractive and bloom for a long time, pleasing the gardener. In autumn, from the bush, it is necessary to cut off all the remaining inflorescences, weak and old branches growing inside the bush. For the winter it is recommended to leave no more than twelve strong shoots.
Spring pruning is carried out beforebuds will bud. The shoots of an adult plant are cut into two or three kidneys, the young one by three to five. This will allow the bush over the summer period to gain strength. Flowering becomes more intense and lush. Spring pruning, as a rule, is combined with top dressing.
Requires rejuvenation of old hydrangea bushes. For this, shoots must be cut to the stump. For two years the bush will fully recover.
Pruning after flowering
Often, many believe that the dry inflorescencelook very impressive and decorative in the winter, covered with hoarfrost or snow, so it is better to cut them in the spring. However, experienced flower growers are sure that the inflorescence is better cut in the autumn, especially in bushes with thin stems. During a heavy snowfall or icy rain, branches may break off. This risk increases many times in those cases when the bush was formed into one trunk and more like a stump tree.
If we neglect the pruning, the cortexthe old trunks cracked, weak crowns thickened the crown, the bottom of the bush bare, the inflorescences remain only on the top. In addition, the intensity of flowering decreases.
Shelter for the winter
In northern regions, where winters are severe enough, young seedlings, as well as adult plants, need winter shelter with lapnik or any other covering material.
Reproduction of Hydrangeas
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge breeds in the following ways:
Propagation of this plant with seedsit is inappropriate. The fact is that the seeds of this plant are very small, they give weak unfriendly shoots, and a full bush, pleasing with flowering, can be obtained only after four years.
Propagation by propagation is the most common.Cuttings cut from annual shoots. As a rule, their maturation occurs in June, when the bush is covered with buds. It is necessary to know that cuttings, cut in autumn and spring, take root much worse.
How to properly prepare cuttings?
A cut piece of shoot should have at leastthree pairs of kidneys, the lower cut must be at a distance of two centimeters. The top cut is at a distance of five centimeters. Lower leaves should be removed, leaving no more than two. The remaining leaves are cut off halfway.
Soaked shoots are soaked in water for severaldays. And then they are treated with a growth stimulant. Root cuttings in a container with a peat-sand mixture (2: 1). The planting material is buried two-thirds. Above, the soil mix is covered with sand. Saplings must be covered with cans and put them in the shade. In containers it is necessary to maintain moisture, otherwise the cuttings will not take root. Watering and sprinkling is carried out daily. The first roots will appear in three weeks. After this period, the cans can be removed and continue to water the plants regularly.
For the winter, containers with cuttings are placed incool (but frost-free) place. At this time, it is necessary to monitor the condition of the seedlings to prevent the appearance of the fungus. In the open ground young seedlings can be planted in August, next year. By this time they will have young shoots. If flower buds appear in this period, it is better to cut them off, so that the plant quickly gain strength.
Reproduction by layers
This method is quite simple:In a dug groove depth of 25 cm, bend mature one-year shoots, first making shallow incisions on them. In the groove groove should be pinned or fixed with a stone. The upper part of the layer must be above the top layer of the soil in an upright position. The groove is covered with earth and moistened. The next spring there will be a young growth on the layers.
You should not rush with their separation from the motherbush. Usually it is done in a year, when a young plant will grow strong enough. It is noteworthy that in this case all the varietal properties of the mother bush remain.
Use in landscape design
This hydrangea looks organic and planted in groups, and as a tapeworm. Bright colors of the inflorescences stand out against the background of woody forms, harmoniously combined with variegated plants.
Reviews of gardeners
Almost in all regions of our country todaygrown hydrangea Diamond Rouge paniculate. Reviews about this luxurious plant can be found in almost all publications on floriculture. Exquisite flowering of huge inflorescences, fairly simple care, a perfect combination in landscape design with other plants, high winter hardiness - these are the qualities for which gardeners value the Diamond Rouge (hydrangea). Disadvantages of this plant is insignificant - the need for winter shelter in the northern regions and a great need for moisture, which does not allow you to leave the plant for a long time (for example, when you go on vacation).