Sunday, October 6, 2019

Attempting To Grow Hydrangeas In South East Texas

In my last post I shared with y'all my Costco Hydrangeas that I planted at the beginning of the summer. If you missed that post you can read all about it here
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My Costco Hydrangeas are not my first attempt at growing hydrangeas. At the end of May of last year I found these beautiful Shooting Star Hydrangeas at Kroger. I fell in love with them immediately even though every grain in my body told me not to buy a grocery plant. I had already been down that road and it had not ended well. I couldn't resist them though so I brought two home. They were happy little plants. I kept them alive and flowering for almost two whole months. I even had a neighbor friend care for them while we went on vacation. I was quite pleased with myself because I have never been able to keep a plant alive. When we got back I was informed that they took a turn for the worst. They didn't like being in a different environment and let's just say by the end of it I had to try and save my beloved Shooting Stars. 
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I cut them back to nubs and created a small flower bed in our backyard to plant them. I planted them at the end of August 2018 and to my sheer delight they started to bud almost immediately! Within a week or two this is what they looked like. All fall and winter I had to go out and cover them up when our yard guys came or the bug guy came. They both are known to pull anything out of the ground. I had already lost one previous plant from the big guys good intentions. 



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My due diligence paid off and this spring they were actually looking like plants and even flowered.

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I just love how unique the Shooting Star Hydrangea is. They didn't flower very much. I am guessing they are one of the varieties that just flower on old wood. 

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This is what those two hydrangeas look like today. They are LOVING their spot in the backyard. I am not sure how big/tall they will be getting but  I am excited to see how they flower come next spring.
Do any of y'all have any Shooting Star Hydrangeas? 

3 comments:

  1. No, but I have several other varieties. Glad to see yours doing so well.

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  2. A pretty plant. I have never hear of that sort of hydrangea . I must look for it. Yours looks so healthy and happy.
    Thanks for sharing. Happy Fall.!

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  3. We do not have those in our area in the midwest that I know of anyway. I know hydrangea's are very picky about where they grow and the temps they can endure. I am glad to see the shooting stars will be ok in your hot summers. I am hoping to plant some where we took down a tree in the spring. We are bracing for winter coming soon. Have a great new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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