PeeGee Hydrangeas – Care Of PeeGee Hydrangea Plants
By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Hydrangea bushes are an ever-popular addition to home landscapes. Their large blooms and dependability make them an ideal choice for extended flower garden displays. Though many smaller, more compact forms have been introduced, taller cultivars are still used in garden design. One hydrangea type, known as PeeGee, is especially common.
Learning more about PeeGee hydrangea care will help homeowners decide whether growing this shrub in their yard is doable.
Growing PeeGee Hydrangea
Also known as Hydrangea paniculata ‘grandiflora,’ PeeGee hydrangeas may reach upwards of 15 feet (5 m.) at maturity. These hardy plants produce a profusion of sizably white panicles each growing season, which usually begin to show a subtle pink blush tint as they age.
Their size and visual appeal makes them ideal for use as hedges and against walls or fences. Before planting and growing PeeGee hydrangeas, you should consider whether or not the proposed location will accommodate its future size.
Though the plants are adaptable to various soil types, the planting site needs to be well draining. As with most hydrangeas, PeeGee hydrangea shrubs benefit from partial shade, especially during the hottest portions of the afternoon.
Care of PeeGee Hydrangea
Most hydrangea species are relatively disease and pest free. However, frequent monitoring throughout the growing season will be required to prevent potential issues.
Irrigation may also be required in some regions which experience excessive heat to reduce wilting of plant foliage and flower blooms.
Like other hydrangea plants, pruning will be necessary to promote bloom and maintain shape. Since these plants bloom on new growth, you’ll want to prune branches at the correct time. PeeGee hydrangea tree pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before growth has resumed.
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Identifying What Type of Old Fashioned Hydrangea You're Growing
One of the most asked gardening questions is, "Why didn't my hydrangeas bloom?" The three probable reasons are:
- It was pruned at the wrong time.
- It wasn't pruned at all.
- A late frost killed the flower buds.
That's because some hydrangeas bloom on what is called "old wood", or branches that are at least a year old. Others bloom on "new wood", which is the new growth of the current season.
This is not a problem with the many new hydrangeas on the market. They take the guess work out of when or if you need to prune your hydrangea, because most bloom on both old and new wood. However many of us have older hydrangea shrubs in our yards that can cause a lot of frustration when they don't bloom. Since the blooms on an older hydrangea usually depends on when it was pruned, you will need to know what type of hydrangea it is.
Here are ways to help you identify what type of hydrangea is growing in your yard with tips on simple maintenance and care.
Pee Gee Hydrangea
Out of the three hydrangeas that I received there is one bush that is putting on green leaves and the other two still have a little bit of green. I am watching them closely and hoping for new life.
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The Best Easy-Care Hydrangeas
Majestic oakleaf hydrangea is one of the easiest types to grow. It's also one of the showiest, thanks to its big clusters of white summertime flowers, attractive peeling bark, and textured foliage that turns brilliant shades of purple-red in fall. Oakleaf hydrangea grows about eight feet tall, making it a good choice for providing summertime privacy or as a backdrop in the shade garden. Like smooth hydrangea, it's native to North America, and it also prefers a spot in part shade or even full shade. It stands up to dry soil a bit better than most other types, but still appreciates extra water during droughts. Oakleaf hydrangea is hardy in Zones 5-9.
Favorite Oakleaf Hydrangea Varieties
- 'Alice' offers extra-large blooms and more spectacular fall color. It grows 10 feet tall.
- 'Little Honey' has golden-yellow foliage and clusters of white summertime flowers. It grows four feet tall.
- 'Snowflake' bears clusters of double white flowers. It grows eight feet tall.
Hydrangeas are very fast growers and you will typically get approximately 25 inches or more every year until has reached maturity. If you grow your plant in the form of a tree it will typically grow 3 in wide and 13 ft tall.
Be aware that growing a hydrangea paniculata will give you two feet of growth each year so you need to be careful of where you plant it taking into consideration nearby sidewalks, buildings, patios, or driveways. If your tree is left to its own devices it can grow between 10 and 20 ft high and the canopy itself can expand to the same size.