When and how to transplant hydrangeas

transplant hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of the most rooted plants in Spain. Especially in the south. Bushy, this plant native to the American and Asian continents attracts attention with its flowers, in clusters full of colors (white, pink, blue…). But, Do you know their care? Do you know when and how to transplant hydrangeas?

Since it is one of the most important cares and in which you must be careful that the plant does not die, we are going to focus on it for you to be the steps that you must follow and how to do it so that the plant responds well to change.

When to transplant hydrangeas

If you have a hydrangea and you have seen that it is time to change the pot (or you are going to plant it in the garden), then you need to know when is the best time to do it.

As with other plants, it is in late spring and early summer, when you should. And it is that hydrangeas are plants that do not tolerate cold (in fact they can die), so to stress it when changing location (from one pot to another) it is best to give him good conditions.

The most important is undoubtedly the temperature. We will have to wait for the weather to be a little more stable.but without going to extremes.

A little trick to know if it’s time or not for you to be in the buds. If you start to notice stems growing, you can start transplanting. Other experts recommend doing this when the flowers have already faded, in that interval between the loss of a few flowers and the appearance of new flowers.

How to transplant hydrangeas

hydrangea stem with flowers

Now yes, we are going to focus on everything you need to know to transplant your hydrangea. And for that, you need to consider the following:

grafting tools

To carry out a transplant it is necessary that you have everything you need at hand, otherwise it will take longer and you will stress the plant even more.

So the main thing will be new pot, something bigger than the one I had; yes, if you are going to plant it in the garden, it will not be necessary.

Good soil is most important, which will allow your hydrangea to reproduce well. In this regard, you need to choose an acidic substrate for hydrangeas. We recommend that, if it is going to be in the garden, it is best to check the salinity value of the soil. Because? Well, because if it is high, it can kill the plant due to iron chlorosis.

You already have the new pot and the soil. What else is needed? You may need the scissors (prune some parts if they have grown more), agricultural tools (a shovel, a rake perhaps), and a shower with waterto complete the process.

Steps to best transplant your hydrangea

blue hydrangeas

For transplanting hydrangeas, our recommendations are as follows:

Prepare the terrain

Before removing the hydrangea from the pot where it is, the new ground must be prepared. That is, if it’s store bought, open the bag and give it a little shake so it’s lighter (and not hardened, as this could happen to you).

If you preferred to mix it yourself, it’s better to do it before you take it out than having to do it later.

Remember that the ground must be of good quality and with a mixture of acid and mineral substrate so that he is perfectly nourished.

Once you have it, I recommend that you put it on the new pot, already creating the “mattress” so that you just have to take the plant out and insert it into the new one.

take out the hydrangea

Now it’s the turn of the hydrangea and for that you will have to remove it from the pot where it is. Depending on how it is, it will cost you more or less to do it, so don’t worry if leaves or flowers fall, sometimes there is no other choice.

Once out of the jar, we advise you to check its roots and remove some of the old soil so that they can feed on the new. To do this, you can use your hand or a small rake (be careful not to break the roots).

plant the hydrangea

Finally, the last step is to plant it in the new pot. This, if you did what we told you, you will have already filled it, part, with earth, so when you put the hydrangea, you will only have to fill it with more soil.

the water

The the first watering should be abundant. Make sure that the water goes through the holes in the pot (otherwise you will have to do something) so that all the water is well soaked.

It is important that during the first days of the transplant you do not put it in full sun, but rather in the shade. It will give you light but not sunlight. Indeed, during this period, it will be more stressed and weaker, and could be affected by the sun, temperatures or even irrigation.

The keys to a successful hydrangea

set of hydrangea flowers

Knowing how and when to transplant hydrangeas is knowledge that will help you a lot. But there are a few important points you need to keep in mind when performing transplants. These are:

Pay attention to the temperature

the hydrangea is able to adapt well to outdoor and indoor spaces. He likes the temperature to be a minimum of 15º and a maximum of 30 or more. But if it’s too hot, not only does your life shortenbut he will also stop giving you flowers.

Therefore, when carrying out the graft, if you keep it at a constant temperature of 20º for a few days, it is much better.

Good lighting

Hydrangeas are plants that they always need sun so they don’t wilt. They love the outdoors more than the indoors.

But when transplanting, it is much better to place them in a shaded area, but there is still light. In other words, where the sun’s rays do not reach it.

suitable ground

We have already mentioned it, but we remind you again. It is important that the soil you use, as well as that of the garden, is a low salinity substrate (i.e. acidic) for it to develop properly.

constant humidity

Be careful with this, as you could kill the roots of the plant. In general, you should provide daily watering only when it has flowers. If you don’t have any, don’t overwater it.

Do you have any other tips on when and how to repot hydrangeas that you would like to share with us? We are open to it!

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