asb vs. es and penny mac

plant_maniac10000001(6 OH)July 16, 2011

I'm new to hydrangeas and would like to hear from those of you who've had experience growing these cultivars. All are said to be remontant. However, according to the link provided below, it appears that ES and Penny Mac are the only ones that continue to bloom past July under normal circumstances. Has anyone who has grown ASB experienced any late blooms? I bought four of these from a nursery recently and would appreciate any input on this subject.

Here is a link that might be useful: Study of remontant capabilities of various hydrangea mac.

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It is an interesting study because it shows that others shrubs will sometimes bloom given the proper conditions *sun light, day temperatures, night temperatures, etc).

I do not have ASB but wanted to say that some people here have reported blooms in Nikko Blue during the fall (which the study detected). And contrary to what the study found out, my uncooperative Mme. Emile Mouill�re does not bloom at any time other than Spring. Picky, picky, picky shrub, hu? Hee hee hee!

If you want to find people growing ASB, do a Gardenweb Search in this Forum for "all summer beauty" and review the hits. Then send a Gardenweb email to the people as they may not be checking the forum all the time.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 8:06AM
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plant_maniac10000001(6 OH)

Thanks for the response, luis. From the info I could gather thus far, it sounds like certain cultivars that are marketed as "everblooming" tend to only put out one solid flush of blooms once per year, regardless of whether or not they are able to bloom on new wood -- almost as though their natural program is to focus their energy on just one set of blooms per year, whether off of old wood or new. If this is truly the case, they should probably not be marketed as "everblooming" varieties (perhaps they should say "has the tendency to rebloom lightly"). I do realize that one's hardiness zone which dictates the length of the growing season may play a role, but I think I've also read in this forum that folks in zones 5/6 have had blooms coming all summer on ES. Maybe that is a reason why ES and Penny Mac are patented, and some others are not. Anyone else have any observations to add?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 10:35PM
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