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Hydrangeas are old, traditional farmer garden plants and can be found in almost every garden due to their variety of species and varieties. They are unpretentious, easy to care for, flower willing and enjoy us for many years, as they can get very old.
In particular, this also called Ball Hydrangea or farmer's Hydroponic species is known and loved. Although not sure of winter hardy, she finds by their varying depending on the variety size of 60 to 300 cm everywhere a cookie. It is therefore not surprising that new varieties are mainly cultivated in this way.
One of these new breeds is the Endless Summer®. It is 100 to 120 cm high and waits its name (in German endless summer) accordingly continuously throughout the summer through to fall into the pink flower balls on.
A variation of the classic Endless Summer® in pink is the 'Bride, which thrills with snow-white flowers.
Unusually for this species, this variety is considered to be particularly frost hardy to -30° C. It is also characterized by a compact habit and a very dense foliage with large leaves in mid-green.
But she has even more to offer, because she is the only variety of the garden hydrangea that flowers even after a pruning in the same year. It also forms its flower balls on very young shoots, not just like other garden hydrangeas on older wood.
Already in the first year, it waits with 15 to 20 cm large flower balls and continues to form new buds in the summer, which bloom in the same year. The removal of withered inflorescences stimulates them to regenerate buds in addition.
Also very special is her stamina. It blooms uninterruptedly throughout the summer, while other garden hydrangeas usually take a short break from flowering. It is also known for its enormous abundance of flowers.
The last flowers should remain on the plant over the winter, because they are dried an adornment and protect the directly underlying buds from too much cold.
Hydrangeas have a high nutrient and water requirement. From the formation of the first leaves they should be supplied every four weeks with a special hydrangea fertilizer.
The plant needs a lot of water, the soil should not dry out in the summer. But do not pour over the flowers.
As with all hydrangeas, the variety loves an acidic soil. However, it is robust enough to cope with a normal garden floor. Contrary to many other types of hydrangea, it is also lime-friendly.
If the soil is calcareous, the Endless Summer® flowers in pink, the acidic soil turns the flowers blue. This can be achieved with the gift of a special fertilizer for blue hydrangea flowers. He should be given to the plant in exchange for normal fertilizer, thus every 8 weeks.
Hydrangeas like a sunny to partially shaded location, preferably a little sheltered from the cold wind.Ideal is a partially shady spot where the plant gets sunshine in the morning or in the evening; the hot midday sun is not well tolerated.
The variety Endless Summer® can also be perfectly kept in the bucket. However, since it needs a lot of water and nutrients, especially in the bucket especially on a constant supply to pay attention. The pot should not be chosen too small and with normal good growth repotting about every two years makes sense. This plant should not wait, as with most others, until the soil in the pot is completely rooted, because of course not much water and nutrients can be stored in the missing soil.
A pruning of garden hydrangeas is not necessary, even the Endless Summer® does not require one. However, it is very cut tolerant when needed and, in contrast to other varieties of this species, it also flowers on annual shoots, not just on biennials. Therefore, it blooms even after pruning in the same year.
In some cases, it may come to a somewhat bulky growth, where it makes sense to shorten the shoots a little. It usually grows a bit bushier then. In addition, even disturbing shoots can be removed.
Due to the large and therefore also heavy flower balls some overlong, thin shoots are sometimes unable to hold the weight and sink. If you do not want to support it, you can shorten it with pruning shears to the point where the instinct grows thicker.
Young, newly planted plants should not be cut at all. The first few years it is best to limit the trimming to slight corrections of the shape and only after about 5 to 6 years can then be properly cut if necessary.In doing so, it is best to remove one third of all the main shoots, the oldest and too densely growing.
Although the Endless Summer® is considered to be particularly hardy, a pruning in early spring after the late frosts is preferable. If necessary, it can be cut back in the autumn, but then some can freeze, especially new and thin shoots.