Early Blue Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Early Blue'
Early Blue Hydrangea flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: French Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea
A compact shrub producing bold ball-shaped flowers of intense blue-violet that cover the plant; perfect for patio or indoor containers; blue color is dependent on acidic soil
Features & Attributes
Early Blue Hydrangea features bold balls of blue flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy pointy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year.
This is a multi-stemmed houseplant with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture stands it apart from other indoor plants with finer foliage. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.
Planting & Growing
When grown indoors, Early Blue Hydrangea can be expected to grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.
-- THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --