I would like to keep it long enough to put into the garden when the warmer weather arrives. I have been searching on line to find out how to take care of it.
This is what I learned: Hydrangeas are acid loving plants. Use mear acid by Miracle Grow. You can also toss your "used" coffee grinds by the base of the plant. The majority of all soil is deficent in acid and most soils are on the alkaline side. I don't know what zone you live in so this advice is general. It isn't a good idea to place this plant in direct "hot" sunlight for a long period. Good morning sun from sun up until about 11:00 is ok. But hot afternoon sun will scorch the leaves. Keep your soil moist but do not overwater. Over-watering will kill any plant. Water only when the soil is drying out.
They will reach 3 to 5 feet in height and can be just as wide. Shooting Star is a lacecap hydrangea that has fertile flowers in the center of sterile white florets. The star-shaped flowers begin as pure white, remain that way for five weeks and then turn a pale green. The flowers will last another four to five weeks in their green phase. With proper care you can enjoy Shooting Star's long bloom period in your own garden for many years.
Fertilize hydrangeas once in March and once in June. Use a balanced fertilizer like a 10-10-10 and follow manufacturer's directions for application. Avoid feeding during the end of summer or in the fall. Never apply fertilizer during the winter.
Prune a young Shooting Star hydrangea in the middle of summer to establish a pleasing branch structure. Summer pruning gives the hydrangea time to harden new growth before winter. Cutting main branches and shortening stems at this time gives you a chance to create a bushier plant.
Trim a mature Shooting Star hydrangea only to remove dead wood every 5 years. Cut off one third or less of the Shooting Star's oldest stems down to their bases. Trim any stubs at the base back to the main trunk. Remove dead wood on branches, but do not tip cut all branches as this will remove flower buds.Well, there you go. Hopefully with all these useful tips I will be able to keep it thriving.
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