Transplant hydrangeas - that's how it grows quickly

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Hydrangea on house wall

Hydrangeas are colorful flowering shrubs that can grow sprawling in width and height. If this takes up too much space and hardens his neighbors, then the shrub must be transplanted. Otherwise, damage to surrounding buildings, walls and plants will quickly occur, as well as the hydrangea can no longer develop evenly and does not form beautiful proportions. For transplanting the right time and a well-considered choice of location are important so that the flowering shrub can grow quickly.
... can be cultivated both as potted and tub plants and planted out in the garden area. The flowering shrubs form their blossom color depending on the pH of the soil in which they grow. If a particular flower color is preferred, the pH value must be adjusted accordingly. The transplanting of hydrangeas is generally possible, but this process requires careful planning so that the plant feels comfortable in its new location and grows quickly:
  • Forms compact root ball, which ends in countless small fiber roots
  • Root ball is slightly smaller than the above-ground shrub
  • Roots should never completely dry out, but they also do not tolerate waterlogging
  • Shrub tolerates no midday heat and no blazing sun
  • Lush and large flowers, very noticeable
  • Shades vary from white, creamy white to purple, red, pink and blue
  • Inflorescence is predominantly formed as a large and round umbels
  • Flowering time in summer, from June to August
  • Difference between deciduous and evergreen varieties
New location

white hydrangea flowers

The new location should be carefully selected so that the hydrangeas can feel good at any time and grow up quickly after transplanting. Very important is the pH of the soil, which should be determined before planting. If the pH levels are too high, the plants can develop so-called chlorosis, in which the leaves turn to an unsightly shade of yellow. The following criteria should be considered when choosing a new location:
  • Pay attention to sufficient space
  • Avoid sensitive plant neighbors
  • Ideal are shady to partially shaded locations
  • Need protected from wind and weather places
  • Prefer slightly acidic, well-drained and nutrient-rich soils
  • Optimal pH is between 4.5 and 6.5
  • Depending on the type of product, alkaline soil can also be tolerated
  • Too high pH (well above 7.5) try to lower
  • Special test strips help to determine the pH value
Tip: So that the hydrangeas can thrive ideally locations under taller trees are ideal, as they provide proper shade, especially in the hot lunch time.
The right time is crucial when transplanting, otherwise the hydrangea can come to harm or grow only miserably. Definitely unsuitable are the summer months, because the plant is in full bloom at this time and all its forces for flowering needs. Therefore, it is better to wait until the hydrangea has completely withered or is still in bloom:
  • Autumn is the best time to transplant, following flowering
  • Alternatively, the spring is possible, but even before the shootout
  • Maybe even a mild winter is suitable
  • It must not be expected frosty temperatures after transplanting
  • Frost often leads to frostbite after the reaction
Dig out
When excavating, care must always be taken not to unnecessarily injure the hydrangea and its root ball. If it comes to injuries, the plant is weakened too much and does not handle the move very well. If transplanting takes place during the dormant growing season, the shrub can be cut back by a good third of its size. In this way, the action can be significantly simplified. The following criteria should be considered when excavating:
  • Create a ditch in a circle, not too close to the shrub
  • Step by step reveal root balls as extensively as possible
  • Excavate hydrangea over a large area without damaging the root ball
  • Fine roots should be preserved as much as possible
  • Only remove the plant when complete root is completely free
  • Lightly lift the shrub in between to check the condition
  • For larger specimens, lay stable foil on the side of the root ball
  • Excavated plant for easy transport can lay on it
  • Wrap the root ball well in the foil so that a lot of soil remains on it
  • Very large plants are extremely heavy, often requiring second person to carry
  • Wheelbarrow or car trailer for transport use


In some cases, it is urgent to replant a hydrangea, especially if the plant has grown much larger than previously thought. Transplanting is also necessary if the present site conditions are not suitable for hydrangea or if the site in question is used for other plants. On occasion, the plant should also be cut back a bit to remove dead plant parts over a large area. The insertion of the hydrangea at its new location is just as carefully carried out as the excavation, so that they can feel comfortable and growing quickly. The following procedure has proven itself during transplanting:
  • First dig out a hole at the new location into which the hydrangea is to be replanted
  • Make planting hole generous, the entire root ball must have space
  • Fill hole with a little water
  • Place hydrangea in the hole, straighten and fill with plenty of loose soil
  • Pay attention to nutritious and humusous soil, get it from a specialist retailer
  • Then add additional water
  • After transplanting ensure permanent irrigation
  • Water in extremely dry and hot weather conditions
Tip: If the hydrangea is transplanted during a particularly hot weather phase, then an additional shade donor is very helpful when growing, so that the sensitized plant does not burn through the strong sun rays.
With extremely large specimens it can happen that in a rather smaller garden there is no suitable location for the hydrangea. In this case, the plant can be divided and transferred to various locations or cultivated in a pot or bucket. Due to the division, the chances are growing that at least one of the new specimens will develop splendidly at the newly intended location. The following aspects should be considered when sharing:
  • After excavating the root ball divide hydrangea
  • Carefully saw through the compact center piece with a sharp saw
  • Prevent cut surfaces with charcoal ash, prevent infection
  • From a large hydrangea arise in this way 2 to 3 smaller shrubs
  • Either plant in the garden or prepare for pots
Hydrangeas can basically be transplanted well if the procession is carried out in autumn after the end of flowering. Alternatively, a mild winter or the beginning of spring before budding for the implementation are possible. In choosing the new location, shady and calm spots are preferable, with sufficient space for the future growth of the shrub. The soil should have a slightly acidic pH, if this is not the case then it should be treated accordingly. If the plant has to adjust to completely new site conditions, it will make the move unnecessarily difficult. When excavating, a careful and large-scale approach is crucial, so that the fine fiber roots are not injured. Large specimens have a high dead weight, which can be reduced by a previous pruning. With a foil, the transport can be simplified, ideally a second pair of hands will help. In a generously sized plant hole, the hydrangea can feel right at home and quickly regrow, with regular casting units playing an important role.

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