Spring flowers bloom adorably under the warmth of the sun. They radiate beauty in every corner of your garden. In bloom, spring flowers give you that fantastic feeling of calmness and peace. You would want to grow several species, but the most stunning among them is Hydrangea.
Hydrangea flower is everyone’s favorite because it’s fantastic pom pom-like flower head adorably stands from the shoots’ tips. They are found in Southeast Asia to America, in different varieties.
What’s a Hydrangea?
Hydrangea is a flowering plant and was first discovered in Japan. Hydrangeas typically bloom in early spring to late autumn. The flower boasts its fantastic colors of pink, red, mauve, blue, lime green, white, and many others. Natural color hues are seasonal; common sights of hydrangeas are: white, red, purple, pink, blue, and green during the first half of the year and brown, red, and green tones on the last full half of the year.
The flower of the hydrangea blooms in varying formations: the big ball-shaped clusters belong to mophead hydrangea, and the tiny cluster blooms belong to lacecap Hydrangea, while a panicle hydrangea has a cone-shaped cluster. At a glance, this flower seems high maintenance, but actually, they grow easily with proper care and the right conditions.
The Story and the Meaning of the Flower
Hydrangea comes from the Greek word “hydros” which means water, and “angos” which means jar. Hydrangea is a very symbolic flower for the Japanese, with a very important story to tell. The flowers originated in Japan but also grew well in China and Korea. The flower arrived in Europe in the 18th century and eventually reached North America.
According to a Japanese legend, the flower is associated with gratitude for an understanding, apology, and a heartfelt emotion. The pink Hydrangea is a symbol of a genuine emotion because of the shape that looks like a beating heart.
On a cultural meaning, hydrangeas connote bragging and vanity for the Victorians. It is also associated with boastfulness because they only have very few seeds despite its magnificent flower. It is also a symbolic appreciation and heartfelt emotion when celebrating a couple’s fourth wedding anniversaries. Interestingly, many have put their interest in propagating hydrangeas in their lawns and gardens because of their splendor.
The Propagation, Cultivation, and Growing
Like any other flower, Hydrangea needs proper care and cultivation. Proper propagation is also important to have plenty of them in your garden. To ensure healthy and full bloom hydrangeas, refer to this growing guide on Gardener’s Path that will guide you to a detailed and elaborate propagation, cultivation, and growing method.
A simple and correct propagation technique can multiply a single shoot into multiple shrubs. The most reliable way to propagate Hydrangea is through its root cuttings from a non-flowering branch. Always best to use a rooting hormone to aid faster growth before putting it in a pot using a sterile potting mix, moist sand, and vermiculture.
Place the propagating pot in shady indirect sunlight, maintain moist soil, and never dry them out. The pot should have good drainage material such as perlite and peat moss. Perlite is a naturally occurring volcanic material containing crystalline silica dust that can absorb moisture. Always water the soil when it just starts drying out. Expect roots to come out in two to three weeks.
Keep the soil moist, add mulch underneath; this will add nutrients to the soil and improve soil texture. Test the soil, check for acidity and mineral content, and apply fertilizer; different soil quality and varieties require different kinds of fertilizer.
Hydrangeas need only an inch of water per week during the growing season, starting three times a week during the propagation period to encourage the roots’ growth. The best time to water the plant is in the morning to avoid wilting as the day gets hotter.
The soil acidity can influence the color of the flowers. More acidic soil will turn the flower from a pink to blue color. Increase soil acidity by adding citrus peels and coffee grounds to the soil. Citrus peels contain citric acid that enhances plant growth and photosynthesis. Coffee grounds are acidic and lower soil pH, rinse them with water to affect their acidity if you want to put them in the soil.
Hydrangeas are shrubs with beautiful blooms in different formations. The flower has a very rich story and connotes different emotions to different cultures. With correct propagation, planting, and growing techniques, hydrangeas can bloom splendidly. Beautiful hydrangeas are so generous in colors, giving you very wide color hues that fit your class and personality.
Express your emotions with the very fantastic and wide varieties of the flower. When looking for a flower for a vibrant lush to influence your emotion and lighten up your mood, get a variety of Hydrangea, propagate and allow it to grow into a very spectacular sight in your garden.