|Latin name:||Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Schloss Wackerbarth’|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow, Shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||June - October|
|Growing Height:||100 - 150 cm|
|Planting distance:||70 - 90 cm|
Prior to planting make sure the root ball of the Hydrangea macrophylla is well-moistened by soaking in a bucket of lukewarm water. Prepare a suitable hole in good, loose soil and plant the root ball of the Hydrangea at the correct depth in the planting hole. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil, press firmly down and water immediately after planting.
The hydrangea also grows well in large planters. Make sure that there are holes in the base to allow for adequate drainage.
Hydrangea macrophylla grows best in fairly moist, humus-rich soil. Improve your garden soil by adding some compost to it. This plant grows well in full sun as long as the soil isn’t too dry and also does well in a shady or semi-shady area. The soil should be moist if planting in a pot, but make sure there is good water drainage otherwise the plant may die.
Water your Hydrangea macrophylla on a regular basis during dry periods as they are not tolerant of dry soil. For extra profuse flowering add fertiliser to the water monthly between March and July. In early spring the hydrangea will benefit from a mulch of well-rotted manure.
Hydrangea flowers appear on last year's wood. If you prune during the spring, no flowers will appear that year. Pruning is not absolutely necessary unless the plant becomes too large. If you do prune, cut the branches back by 1/3rd. You will have fewer flowers during that year, but the flowers will bloom normally during the second year when you should completely cut back all dead branches. Carefully cut off all dead flowers in the winter (late February or early March) taking care not to remove the new topmost buds.
The flowers of this Hydrangea macrophylla have loose petals in an unusual colour formation. The flowers are yellowish-green when they open with red and blue in the heart. The Hydrangea ‘Schloss Wackerbarth’ flowers look fantastic in an arrangement.