shooting star hydrangea hana bay flowers

tropical_thought(San Francisco)December 13, 2012

I got one of these plants and whole foods. I could see the pot was very small, so I repotted at once only to find that either the plant had been cut in half at the root ball or two plants were stuffed into the pot. I now have two potted plants. I don't know if they can live or not. I put them in Al's gritty mix, so far they look ok. I have to keep them inside. If you buy one of these transplant it as soon as you can. It is little better then just buying some cut flowers. I know people spend a lot on just cut flowers, but I am not that kind of person. Hana Bay Flowers has no phone number or retail location. I should have gotten it from a nursery, but I never have seen them in nurseries. All I usually find are these hydrangeas the same old endless summer variations.

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I bought a shooting star hydrangea at Trader Joes a couple of years ago. I put it in the ground and it has been a great garden plant.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 11:35PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

The Shooting Star hydrangea responds exactly the same as any other H.macrophylla, easily started from cuttings during the growing season. Al

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 9:17AM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

I would like to see a photo of a garden plant, I can't find any online, and the thing is I can't make cutting work for me, but so far it looks ok, if I can just get the roots to accept the mix. I can't put it in the garden right now, it's too cold.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 9:36AM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

This photo shows the one that is not doing as well, half of it is limp.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 12:51PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Hydrangeas in the garden are pretty much dormant, at least in northern California. I am cutting mine back as I have the time. Nothing happens until the warmth of spring causes new growth from the shortened stems. Usually more stems grow than needed and the extra stems are made into cuttings to increase the stock. Al

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 9:58AM
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Is it dry? Young Hydrangeas in a pot get quite thirsty.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 6:12PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

No, it is not dry. It was cut in half and jammed in a tiny pot of peat. I rescued it and put it in a much bigger pot of al gritty mix and also also added one part perlite to increase drainage. The signs of over watering and under watering look the same. Peat won't drain well, and can make the plant limp because the roots are drowning. Consider that the main root ball is still in the peat and is waiting to grow into the al's gritty mix. It will take months. I did not separate the root ball as it was already cut and trimmed. I want to see photos of ones that recovered.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 9:27AM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

Photo from today

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 12:47PM
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they look better.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 2:18PM
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napapen(ca 15)

This is one of my favorites and I got mine at Nob Hill. I saw it and grabbed it as I could not find it elsewhere. I repotted it and have no compliments. Bloomed very well last year. Remember that hydr means it is a big user of water.

Penny

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 4:15PM
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socks

What a pretty flower. I'll definitely watch for it at WF or TJ's, although I usually prefer nursery plants.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 5:22PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

Are they dormant now in the garden? Please post some quick photos of them. You can do it from your photo. I don't know how they look big scale or in the ground.

I can post a photo right from my new blackberry, I take the photo with the blackberry, go to garden web, then upload right from my phone. It is very fast to snap a quick photo. I am sure the iphone does that also. I took one today after I cut off the flowers to encourage root growth not flower growth and I re staked it to make the growth straight. The plant was all tied up to make the growth bent. I feed it with dynogrow foliage. If they live I don't have room for two or even one, so it will be a problem, I will have to give one away or find even more space in my garden which is already full.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 6:09PM
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napapen(ca 15)

Saw some in bloom at Nob Hill today - I resisted as I have one already. Pnny

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 5:04PM
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Mine is not dormant it has new flowers. I'll try to get a photo tomorrow. It's too dark right now.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 2:48AM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

Flickr has 136 results for shooting star hydrangea, but all of them are small and almost all of them are still in the small pot. I saw one in the ground that was still small. I think they don't live to ever become big for some reason. Maybe the are programmed to self destruct? Or they can't survive without a green house.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 6:33PM
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there it is finally, going dormant, though there's a flowerr there on the left hand side. It's a little over 3' tall. I had to cut it back a bit this past winter to move it over a couple of feet to give 'Endless Summer' more room.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 10:03PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

Wow! it looks different as a garden plant, thanks. I am hoping to make this a garden plant for me.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 11:00PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

I used to have endless summer, but I gave it away because of lack of space and because the colors were not up to par on the flowers. I posted the best ones photos, but most of the time endless summer had unattractive colored flowers. My soil is too alkaline. If I stick with white hydrangeas, I am happier with color as white is white no matter what pH.

Here is a link that might be useful: My hydrangeas

    Bookmark   December 24, 2012 at 11:01AM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

They are really small, but I noticed good root development when I removed them from the bigger pots. They did not get transplant shock yet, either. I don't really need two of them so at some point, I have to pick one and give the other away. But, the plant root was cut in half in the pot, as I explained in an earlier post.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 7:52PM
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