"Summer...The time for beautiful Hydrangea flowers to open their soft colorful petals and dance in the warm breeze until the cool days of autumn take their precious gift along hiding them away for the next summer." D. Shenkle
My love for Hydrangeas began several years ago when I happened across them in a local garden center. I purchased a lovely blue one and promptly planted it in my backyard only to find that it didn't grow any additional blooms. In fact, it wasn't looking too good at all. It was then that I realized that Hydrangea really aren't happy with so much hot summer sunlight shining on them all day long.
I dug up my precious plant transplanting it to the north side of my house where it is practically shady all day long. Much to my surprise the Hydrangea loved the spot and grew profusely exhibiting an abundance of over 50 large beautiful flower heads in an array of colors from green, lavender, blue, white and pink. I was thrilled!
However, after a few years I realized that it was getting so large that it became necessary to divide it and replant it, which left several new transplant divisions that needed new homes somewhere in my yard. So I did my fair share of research to learn just how to divide and transplant with success.
Once I felt confident in my dividing and transplanting abilities, I decided to remove some of my tall Hosta's that were growing next to my large Hydrangea so that I could put two additional Hydrangea division plants in their place. Using the directions that I found during my research, I dug up my large plant, divided it and planted two of the additional divisions next to the larger main plant. Soon the new division transplants were showing signs of green leaf growth.
So for those of you who have a very large Hydrangea that you would like to divide into more plants I have included instructions on how to properly divide and transplant a Hydrangea:
The time to divide your Hydrangea is in the spring when your plant is just putting on leaves at the bottom of the plant as shown below: