Bloomstruck

mainegard3(5b-6a)March 28, 2014

Has anyone got the inside scoop on this new one? Will it replace the original or will it be like New Coke.

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luis_pr

I got this from villagesoup some time ago:

Zone 4-9, 3-4âÂÂT x 4-5âÂÂW ⢠#2, #3, #5 ES container ⢠Rounded to spreading habit ⢠Striking red-purple stems ⢠3.5-5" Rose pink, violet or blue flowers ⢠pH dependent ⢠Glossy green leaves, red petioles ⢠Bred by M. Dirr ⢠Blooms on New and old wood ⢠Good disease resistance - esp. powdery mildew.

Meet BloomStruckâ¢, the newest addition to the Endless Summerî Collection of reblooming hydrangeas! As with all Endless Summer varieties, BloomStruck will boast big, beautiful blooms all summer long, measuring 3.5 - 5" across. Another great feature of BloomStruck and this collection is the ability to change the blooms' color to your liking. Depending on soil pH, you can have rose-pink, violet or blue flower heads.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:10PM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

Any word on the release of Rockstar?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 4:02PM
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ginkgonut(4)

Bloomstruck is Rockstar. Issues with using the name Rockstar.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 7:32AM
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melaroma(6)

What is the difference between Bloomstruck and the Original? If any.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 10:21AM
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mainegard3(5b-6a)

Bloomstruck is a cross between the original ES and Twist and Shout. It gets its red stems from TS. Blooms are smaller and so is the shrub, slightly. Other than that, unless someone can convince me otherwise, or has one, I'll stick to the original and give it good winter protection.

This post was edited by mainegard3 on Sun, Apr 6, 14 at 20:46

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 7:51PM
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melaroma(6)

What is the difference between Bloomstruck and the Original? If any.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 11:15PM
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ginkgonut(4)

Very different looking plants.

Darker green leaves, very red stems, flowers can be more deep purple or rose-pink, leafs out later, heavy bloomer.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 1:29AM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

Seeing Bloomstruck show up in nurseries now...I had a test plant that did come thru this winter with no die back. Most other did die back except Lady in Red and Twist and Shout....

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 8:56PM
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vasue(7A Charlottesville)

What did you think of it in leaf & bloom? Really liking the no die back part!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:09AM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

leaves have a slight red tint and are smaller than Es but certainly handled winter well with no die back-blooms will wait and see but the unopened blooms in the nursery seemed smaller too.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:28PM
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ginkgonut(4)

Mine appears to have survived the winter quite nicely. Macs always dieback here, but lots of buds around the base and part way up the stems.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 10:11PM
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Springwood_Gardens(6B Pittsburgh)

A couple of my local nurseries are loaded with 2-gallon pots with many branches for $25, before "shopping season" has even really begun. Might snatch one for testing...

I do relate to the similarities and redundancies between this and other products, but I can't say I haven't been markedly disappointed with any ES product yet (aside from Bella Anna behaving a bit more wimpily than Annabelle).

But so far, Bloomstruck looks to potentially be a viable candidate for filler and replacement in northern gardens, where cross-year reliability is paramount.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 11:10AM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

So impressed with the no die back. Lady in Red and also no die back. Twist and Shout some die back but not much. Lilacina and Prezeosia also no die back.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 11:28PM
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ginkgonut(4)

My Bloomstruck, after dying back to about 6", has a lot of flowers coming.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 7:00AM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

It does seem to be a little floppy but that just may be the young plant.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 11:46AM
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Springwood_Gardens(6B Pittsburgh)

Here's a pic of mine from today (new from nursery stock). It has cotton-candyish themed blooms with lighter centers that get darker toward the edges. The blooms are the main seller - forget the red stems. Colors range from medium pink to magenta to blue to purple. Very cool.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 6:01PM
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