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Hydrangea Annabelle - Will it grow in Florida?

Posted by love_the_yard z9A Jax FL (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 11, 09 at 10:16

I fell in love with Hydrangea Annabelle when I was in Michigan in August. They were GORGEOUS! The giant white mopheads are just beautiful! Will they grow in Florida? Or is it just too darn hot here? How about if it is planted in shade? Or does it require sun to bloom?

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RE: Hydrangea Incrediball - Will it grow in Florida?

How about Incrediball Hydrangea? Anyone have experience with it in Zone 9?

Here is a link that might be useful: Fabulous and Foolproof: Incrediball

RE: Hydrangea Annabelle - Will it grow in Florida?

It may be difficult as they like some cold. We had a member, yellowgirl, who was trying to grow Annabelles in the Orlando area. She had mentioned that it was difficult due to the sandy soil requiring lots of water and due to the heat. She has been 'incomunicada' for some time and am not sure how to contact her. If you wish to try, post often and keep us updated of your progress.

RE: Hydrangea Annabelle - Will it grow in Florida?

I think that Annabelle is one of these few things that do better in a northern climate than the hot, hot, hot climate like Florida! :-)

RE: Hydrangea Annabelle - Will it grow in Florida?

The USDA plant database shows it as native to Florida, but I suspect it is best for Northern Florida. It would be great to get first had experience from people in Florida to see how far south it can go.

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA Native Range map

RE: Hydrangea Annabelle - Will it grow in Florida?

Is that link for the specific variety Annabelle? Or just general hydrangeas? I don't have any trouble at all growing Nikko and some of the other run-of-the-mill varieties. They do fine in north Florida if planted on the north side of the house or in shade. They get fried in the hot sun. But I am still interested to know if anyone has had success with Annabelle or Incrediball in Florida?

Here are my regular old Hydrangeas:


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