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The Hydrangea Forever and Ever® is a successful breed of the species Hydrangea macrophylla (garden hydrangea). Ever since the Forever & Ever® was introduced to the nurseries, even the less ambitious hobby gardener no longer needs to forego lush flowering hydrangeas. Cutting and care mistakes forgive her graciously. Even late frosts do not prevent the Forever and Ever® from shining in the summer with many flowers. Anyone who also takes heed of some care tips, year after year will have much joy with this undemanding hydrangea variety.
Location and groundThe Garden Hydrangea Forever and Ever® feels most comfortable in the shade, even a shade is accepted. On the other hand, she does not like being exposed to midday sun without protection. The garden hydrangea also look good in the tub on the terrace or on the balcony. Normal potting soil and regular fertilizer applications are sufficient. The garden soil in the field may tend to be moist, but still loose. Durable waterlogging is not tolerated by the robust Forever & Ever. As with other hydrangeas, one can influence the flower colors with the pH of the earth. Red-orange varieties retain their color. Mostly a blue color is desired. For this they need a pH between 4.0 and 4.5. In this case, rhododendron or azalea earth can be used as potting soil. Over time, the soil becomes alkaline, which you can counteract with appropriate gifts of Kalialaun or hydrangea blue.
plantsPlanting the Forever & Ever in the bed is very easy. The planting hole should be twice as large as the root ball. You can then fill up with a mixture of garden soil and peat or azalea / rhododendron earth. Sufficient watering is then important for a rapid growth. The Garden Hydrangea Forever and Ever® is doing well as a container plant. For this you choose the largest possible vessel. It needs a lot of water, so it is important to ensure good drainage. The soil should stay 1-2 cm below the edge of the pot to avoid flooding during casting. In the case of potting, as well as repotting, it is beneficial if some roots are "damaged" or shortened. This measure stimulates the growth of the roots.
Pouring, fertilizingAlthough the Forever & Ever varieties are very undemanding, but they need water. In the pot they should never dry out. On dry days, watering outdoors is essential. Attention, waterlogging is not desired! Lack of water can be recognized by limp hanging leaves. Now pour quickly and make sure that this does not happen so often. Because every lack of water means stress for the plant. Especially with blue flowering hydrangeas, the irrigation water should be as soft as possible. B. rainwater. Constantly too hard water causes the flowers to turn pink over time.
In the field, the hydrangea Forever & Ever estimates a dose of organic fertilizer in the spring, before the growing season begins. Bought fertilizer should have a sodium-phosphorus-potassium ratio of about 7-6-12.
Cutting the winterA great feature of the Hydrangea variety Forever & Ever is their flowering joy. It forms its flowers on annual and perennial wood. In other words, there are flowers on every branch. That means you can crop them, but you do not have to. These hydrangeas are cut according to the motto: what survives, can. Even branches for the vase can be cut at any time. If you also want to stimulate flower growth, cut off the branches a few millimeters over two buds.
Another advantage that speaks for this robust farmer's hydrangea: The Forever & Ever is ideal for colder climates. It is considered hardy to USDA Zone 4. That means, hardy to -30° C. In the garden these varieties need no winter protection. In the bucket, however, a cover for longer periods of frost below -3° C is advisable.
multiplyLike all other hydrangeas, the Forever and Ever® varieties can easily be multiplied by cuttings. For this purpose, you cut off green shoots without flower buds in summer with a sharp knife. A pair of leaves at the top, one at the bottom. The lower leaves are removed. So prepared, the cuttings come into the potting soil. If you like helping, you can first dip it into rooting powder. The substrate must now be kept well moist and covered with a transparent film. Airing once a day. Set up in a shady spot, small sprouts form after just two weeks. After another two to three weeks you can put them individually in small pots and continue to pull without foil. The first winter they remain frost-free and cool in a sheltered room. In the spring they can then be set outdoors.
Diseases and pestsWith all the robust and easy-care properties of Forever and Ever® hydrangeas, it will not be surprising to read that diseases and pest infestation are rare.
The only small pest infestation z. As by lice in the garden with the natural predators, such as ladybugs, kept well in check.
From time to time chlorosis can occur. The young leaves turn yellow, the leaf veins stand out darkly. This is a deficiency, the soil contains too little iron or the iron can not be properly utilized by a too high pH. With appropriate fertilizers can be remedied here.
Tip: When yellowing of the older leaves during the growing season, there is usually a lack of nitrogen. This problem can also be solved with a suitable fertilizer (nitrogen-stressed).
- Forever & Ever® 'Pink' - This variety is one of the hardiest breeds, down to -30° C. They bloom all summer, depending on the pH of the soil, pink or blue.
- Forever & Ever® 'Red' - The color of the flowers of this breed is red. Later, when blooming, the color changes to purple. It is hardy to -25° C and its flower color does not change.
- Forever & Ever® 'Double Pink' - The flowers of this hydrangea variety are densely filled. The individual balls have a diameter of 15 cm. This variety is also very hardy to -25° C. The flower color changes, depending on the pH of the soil, they bloom pink or blue.
- Forever & Ever® 'Peppermint' - Her flowers have a white base color. The individual petals form from their midst, depending on the pH of the soil, a blue or pink paint. The 'Peppermint' is also robust and hardy to -25° C.
- Forever & Ever® 'Blue' - This hydrangea forms particularly large flower balls, which are initially light green and later turn into a pure blue. It has a particularly beautiful, large, dark green foliage. It is hardy to -25° C and because of its compact growth also well suited for planting plants.
At least with the offer of these remontierenden, extremely easy-care hydrangea variety Forever & Ever, there is hardly a reason, these baroque beauties not to plant in the garden. Their versatility in terms of their location and their properties as a bucket or bedding plant are another plus. If you are still unsure about whether you would like to have your own garden, you can easily pick some plants using cuttings.