When choosing shrubs to decorate a garden plot, you should definitely pay attention to hydrangea of the Pink Lady variety. It is able to bloom throughout the summer season, delighting the inhabitants with beautiful flowers of a soft pink hue.
Panicled Hydrangea “Pink Lady” - a tree-like bush with a wide crown, the height of which sometimes reaches from one and a half to 2 meters, and the shape resembles a fan. Its dark green leaf plates have a large size, ovoid shape and original teeth on the edge. The branches are completely covered with greenery, and inflorescences form on their tops. Beautiful flowers of the Pink lady variety have a cone shape and are located close to each other, which creates the effect of a very lush and voluminous bush. The diameter of one panicle ranges from 15 to 20 centimeters, and sometimes reaches 30 centimeters. The petals forming the three-centimeter buds are cream colored, but as they develop, they acquire a delicate pink color.
Each flower is formed from four rounded petals. Strong shoots are painted in a brown shade, eventually transforming into red.
The root system of the Pink Lady is quite branching, but not too deep.
One of the advantages of the Pink Lady variety is its long flowering period. Hydrangea is covered with flowers in the first week of June, but their occurrence continues until September, and in some cases almost until the first frost. The plant smells pleasantly sweet, but unobtrusive.
"Pink Lady" develops well in different soils and does not suffer due to excess moisture. Providing hydrangeas with high-quality pruning in spring, in the summer we can expect the appearance of large and attractive flowers. The winter hardiness of the variety is quite acceptable - the culture withstands temperatures dropping to -29 degrees, and quickly recovers with small frostbites. The variety description contains information that for 10 years the Pink Lady transplant will not be required - the culture is able to successfully develop in the same place with all the care procedures. Hydrangea copes with drought much worse, since a lack of moisture adversely affects the quantity and quality of blooming buds.
Before planting Pink Lady hydrangea in the open ground, it is necessary to carry out the mandatory preparatory phase, including the selection of the site and substrate. The crop is best planted on the south side, but with the obligatory presence of partial shade. If hydrangea is constantly in the sun, then its flowering will not be as spectacular as it could be. It is best to place a shrub near the fence, the wall of the house or some decorative element, like a gazebo that can create protection against drafts and the required partial shade. At the same time, it is important to observe a fairly large gap separating the Pink Lady from fruit crops that consume a large amount of nutrients from the soil.
This hydrangea is able to develop on any soil, but it will feel best on fertile loam. If the soil mixture is too heavy and clay, then you can balance the composition with the help of humus. Sandy soil will need to be enriched with compost or peat. The plant is quite sensitive to soil acidity, so you should choose either a neutral or slightly acidic substrate. During digging, it is recommended to avoid the use of ash, lime or dolomite flour.
Panicle hydrangea is planted in early spring, even before the movement of juices begins. In principle, it is possible to carry out the operation in the fall, but only after the leaf fall has finished. Pink Lady seedlings are safer to buy in a nursery or from a trusted seller. In most cases, they are sold in containers with a closed root system. At the time of purchase, it is important to ensure that there are no spots, wounds, cracks or rotting marks on the seedling.
The hole is dug in such a way that its depth is 40 centimeters, and the diameter reaches at least 30 centimeters. Some experts, however, believe that its area should be at least 50 to 50 centimeters, and a maximum of 80 to 80 centimeters. To create the optimal substrate, it is better to combine peat, humus and nutritious soil.
The traditional “recipe” of the soil mixture looks like a part of sand, a part of peat, two parts of humus and the same amount of leafy soil.
If it is required to deoxidize the soil mixture, it is better to introduce coniferous decay. The resulting mixture is filled in the hole, and then left alone for a week or two. As soon as the soil settles, it will already be possible to proceed to direct planting. In addition, the day before planting, you can put 65 grams of superphosphate, 25 grams of potassium sulfate and 25 grams of urea into the pit, and then pour everything in a couple of three buckets of water, and start planting in the morning.
The roots of the selected seedlings are trimmed, after which the remaining length is treated with a growth stimulator used for a couple of hours. Then hydrangea is transferred to a permanent habitat, and its roots are straightened and covered with earth. Planting ends with abundant irrigation of settled soft water. If the procedure was carried out in the spring, then over the summer the plant adapts perfectly to new conditions. If the planting was in the fall, then for the seedlings it will be necessary to organize a winter shelter. It should be noted that hydrangea bushes are planted in such a way as to maintain a gap of 100 centimeters and not to deepen the root necks. Upon completion, the soil loosens, and plantings are irrigated with high quality.
Although the Pink Lady variety is not particularly whimsical, it still requires regular and thorough care. It is required to irrigate the shrub once a week, pouring about 20 liters of liquid under each shrub. When the summer is rainy, you can reduce the frequency of watering to once every two weeks. It is best to take rain and soft liquid. No less important is the loosening of land located near hydrangea.
This should be done very carefully, as the roots grow horizontally, and inaccurate movement can injure them. The shovel is deepened by no more than 5 centimeters, and the procedure itself is carried out only several times during the season. Additional loosening is required if, after rain or heavy watering, the surface is covered with a crust. In addition, hydrangea is necessarily mulched.
Before the start of the summer season, this procedure is carried out using peat or sawdust laid out in a layer 5–6 centimeters thick. In winter, the same materials or needles will do.
Fertilizing is carried out regularly, as the plant effectively responds to top dressing. Immediately after planting, it makes sense to use slurry, part of which is bred in ten parts of the water. In addition, 10 grams of potassium nitrate, 10 grams of ammonium nitrate and 20 grams of superphosphate are bred in a bucket of water. The next fertilizer application is carried out when the plant begins to actively develop. For hydrangea, it is worth preparing a mixture of 35 grams of potassium sulfate, 20 grams of urea and 30 grams of superphosphate, designed for a square meter of beds.
Further feeding will be required during the period of bud formation. In this case, 60 grams of superphosphate and 45 grams of potassium sulfate affect a square meter of landings. Repeat dressing should be done twice during the summer. In addition, after planting, it is recommended to water the hydrangea of a mixture of potassium permanganate and acid potassium in a very low concentration. Pruning the crop will require only sanitary to eliminate old or damaged shoots, and this should be done in the spring. In addition, each shoot is shortened so that six to eight buds remain, until the movement of the juices begins.
Propagation of hydrangea "Pink Lady" is carried out in two main ways.
- The first involves the use of layering. The lower shoots are bent to the surface of the earth and fixed with special brackets or sprinkled with earth. Further, the plant is regularly irrigated, then at the end of the summer season a complete root system is already formed. Having a developed rhizome, the culture can be transplanted to a permanent habitat.
- The second method of propagation of hydrangea is cuttings. In spring, shoots are cut from the bush, having managed to form four buds. Twigs are planted immediately in the ground, with the help of improvised tools a small greenhouse is created. If watering hydrangea regularly, then after some time sprouts will form, the shelter can be removed.
Diseases and Pests
Hydrangea Pink Lady relatively often suffers from fungal diseases, especially if the street is cold and damp. In most cases, it turns out to be powdery mildew, the presence of which can be determined by a whitish coating on leaf plates and shoots. One of the common fungicides, for example, Fundahol, will help to cope with trouble. The drug is diluted according to the instructions and is used for spraying, carried out in the morning or in the evening.
Of the pests, hydrangea is most often attacked by aphids, which are not only carriers of diseases, but also suck the juices from the plant. To get rid of insects will require the use of insecticides.
For the prevention of insects, simple folk remedies are suitable, for example, garlic or onion infusion on the husk.
Hydrangea "Pink Lady" is used to decorate both summer cottages and parks with squares. It can be used either by itself or in complex group compositions. The “neighbors” for hydrangea should be selected in such a way that the plants coincide with respect to light or shade, as well as the requirements regarding the composition of the soil and the amount of moisture. Very unusual culture looks in combination with conifers or evergreen trees. It is important to remember that the Pink Lady is expanding throughout its development, so it will need a border zone.
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