How to Care for Potted Hydrangeas


Potted hydrangea plants are excellent plants for any garden. Because they grow best in pots and containers, they can easily be moved from indoors to an outdoor garden or patio for enjoyment all around your home. Potted hydrangea plants were bred to produce large colorful blooms; however the size and weight of the blooms often weaken the plant, preventing it from growing well in beds outdoors.

Step 1

Set the potted hydrangea in a sunny location in your home, where the hydrangea will receive indirect sunlight for most of the day. Potted hydrangea plants can be damaged by direct sunlight.

Step 2

Place the hydrangea container into a watering tray. Fill the tray with water and allow the plant to set for 30 to 45 minutes. The hydrangea plant will soak up the water, providing proper moisture content. Remove the plant from the watering tray as soon as the soil is moist (not soaked). Prolonged exposure to water increases the chance of fungal growth and disease.

Step 3

Mist the hydrangea blooms and foliage with a gentle misting bottle. The hydrangea will also take in water this way.

Step 4

Prune away any dead or dying foliage using sharp pruning shears. Make your cut where the dead or dying shoot joins the main shoot.

Step 5

Fertilize the hydrangea once per month using a water-soluble fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Established potted hydrangea plant
  • Watering tray
  • Misting bottle
  • Pruning shears
  • Water-soluble fertilizer


  • Denver Plants: Hydrangeas
  • Flower Shop Network: Heavenly Hydrangeas
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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.