How to Plant a Hydrangea


The hydrangea's broad leaves and lush pink, blue and white blooms make it the highlight of many gardens. Hydrangeas are easy to grow, but they do have some specific planting requirements.

Step 1

Choose a well-drained location to plant your hydrangea. Most hydrangeas grow 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide; they prefer sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the plant's root ball.

Step 3

Fill the bottom of the hole with planting soil that is rich in organic materials, or amend it with compost.

Step 4

Place the hydrangea in the hole. Fill in around the plant and cover the top of the root ball with a thin layer of soil, then water the hydrangea well.

Step 5

Sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer on your hydrangea at least once during the summer. Apply organic fertilizers such as commercial manure as an alternative.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Planting soil
  • Compost
  • Slow-release fertilizer or manure


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Stephanie Green is a writer with more than 10 years of experience. Her work has been published in various lifestyle and trade publications, covering parenting, gardening and human-interest stories. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.