White Diamonds

wildhavenSeptember 2, 2013

Hi, everyone!

I found quite a few White Diamonds hydrangeas marked down to $3 each at Home Depot today, so brought two home with me. I'm new to growing hydrangeas, but did do some research on them when I decided to have them as part of the landscaping in my new garden. I hadn't seen White Diamonds mentioned during that research, and have come up with little otherwise. Is anyone growing these? Any advice, comments, pictures to share?

Home Depot also had Incrediball marked down to $3 each, but the plants didn't look all that great so I decided to pass on them. I might just keep stalking them to see if they reduce the price on the Endless Summer variety...

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

You are so lucky. No hydrangea sales in my neck of the woods (too hot).

I have not seen any recent problems/complaints about this Dirr introduction so treat it as you would any paniculata. It can handle full sun but should you be able to provide a sliver of shade during the hottest part of the summer days, it would be appreciated. Morning sun and afternoon shade would be fine as well. It and Incrediball are hardy to Z5. ES is advertised as hardy in your zone too but a lot of people complain about blooming problems in Z5 so maybe try one ES plant (as opposed to a bunch for a hedge) to first see how it works for you.

Provide water frequently enough to prevent periods of dry soil, followed by periods of moist soil and back to dry soil again. No need to fertilize this year. The potting medium probably contains those round fertilizer pellets and they will last until 2014. Fertilize in Spring with 1/2 to 1 cup of compost, composted manure or cottonseed meal. And keep it well muched year around (3-4"). Water early in the mornings (1 gallon in Spring; mopre in the summer). Water only the soil not the leaves. Water from the root ball outwards, as there are not yet many roots far away from the base.

Enjoy those sales, wildhaven.

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