Hydrangea White Lady is well known to the inhabitants of our country, it grows in all parts of Russia. Even novice gardeners can handle the care of flowering shrubs. A non-capricious plant does not require special conditions for growth, which means it will decorate any site.
Description of hydrangea Paniculata Lady
Blooming Hydrangea White Lady will revitalize any garden area
The plant is a shrub reaching a height of 3 m. It has a lush, spreading crown. Shoots are brownish.
The leaves are shaped like an egg. They are slightly rough, the edges are serrated.
The inflorescences are collected from large buds, which are collected in such a way that the flower has the shape of a trapezoid.
At the beginning of flowering, the buds are white, later they turn pink. On this basis, it is possible to determine how long the bush blooms. And the plant pleases with its beauty for a long time: from the beginning of the summer season to the very autumn.
Hydrangea White Lady in landscape design
The designers appreciated the decorative qualities of the plant. Hydrangea White Lady is planted in landscaped areas as part of other flowering plants or as a single option for decorating the site.
Hydrangea is ideally combined with roses of all varieties, irises, green plants of a shrub type.
They also use hydrangea bushes as a hedge. This application is possible due to the height of the plant.
Winter hardiness of hydrangea paniculata White Lady
Hydrangea paniculata White Lady was loved for its unpretentiousness. It is a frost-resistant plant. It can withstand temperatures down to -30 degrees. Thanks to this feature, the shrub easily copes with the peculiarities of the climate characteristic of Russia.
Planting and caring for hydrangea paniculata White Lady
Even a novice florist can handle planting and care. In order for a plant to please with a flowering look, it is enough to follow the simplest rules.
Selection and preparation of the landing site
It is important that the area where the shrub will grow is well lit
It is enough to plant an unpretentious hydrangea in an open, lighted area. There is no need to choose special sites.
Florists recommend paying attention to the quality of the soil. Light, nutrient-rich soil is considered ideal. The composition of the soil must contain:
If the soil is not good enough, a hole is filled with a composition consisting of the above elements, into which the plant will be planted.
Hydrangea seedlings are placed in pre-prepared pits (holes). Dimensions:
- depth - 0.3 m;
- width - 0.4 m.
Important! Experts recommend to additionally lay out the bottom of the hole with fine gravel. This condition will help regulate the degree of soil moisture. The plant does not tolerate excess moisture.
The distance between the holes should be at least one and a half meters, since later the plant will have a spreading crown.
Choose healthy, strong seedlings. This ensures their subsequent growth. The roots must be straightened and only then sprinkled with soil.
After planting, watering is performed. For one sprout, 5 liters of water at room temperature is enough.
Watering and feeding
White Lady hydrangea care includes:
- top dressing;
- loosening the soil;
- weed removal.
It is necessary to water the White Lady white hydrangea weekly, 10 liters of water for each bush is enough.
Important! If the panicle hydrangea Hydrangea Paniculata White Lady is planted in the southern parts of Russia, where high temperatures prevail and there is a heat in the summer, watering is increased up to 2 times a week.
Top dressing is done as follows:
- After 7 days from the moment of planting the seedling, the plant is watered with a KNO solution at the rate of 0.1 kg per 4 liters of water.
- After 21 days, the soil under the bush is watered with a solution of humus. It is enough to insist 2 kg of fertilizer in a bucket of water.
- At the beginning of autumn, hydrangea is watered with a solution of mineral phosphorus fertilizer at the rate of 0.2 kg per 5 liters of water.
- In the spring, after the snow melts, the bush is additionally watered with NH₄NO₃ (ammonium nitrate) solution. In this case, 0.1 kg of nitrate is dissolved in 10 liters of water.
Such feeding is enough to make the White Lady hydrangea feel comfortable.
Pruning hydrangea paniculata White Lady
Dry branches and inflorescences should be removed in spring and autumn.
The panicle hydrangea Hydrangea Paniculata White Lady is cut twice a year: in autumn and spring.
With the onset of cold weather, it is recommended to cut off all the inflorescences, and shorten the shoots so that 4 to 7 buds remain (in general, it is required to cut off up to 30 cm of the shoot).
This is done in order to preserve nutrients, which will subsequently be used to combat frost.
Important! Uncut shrubs may not withstand prolonged frosts.
With the onset of spring days, the shrub should be examined with particular attention. Dry branches and the remaining inflorescences are cut off. This will restore the hydrangea before flowering.
Preparing for winter
The opinions of flower growers on how to properly prepare a plant for winter were divided. Some lovers believe that the panicle hydrangea must be covered in order to protect it from frost. Other gardeners don't.
Important! The region in which the shrub grows should be taken into account. In the southern parts of Russia, where there is no long and cold winter, it is not necessary to cover the bush.
In the northern regions, which are characterized by long and severe frosts, it is recommended to cover the bush with straw or hay.
You also need to follow the following guidelines:
- Stop watering with the onset of cold weather.
- Remove foliage, inflorescences, shorten shoots.
- Water the soil with a solution of fertilizers, which contain phosphorus and potassium (before the onset of frost).
These recommendations will help keep the plant healthy until spring comes.
In the southern regions, it is enough to huddle the bush in order to protect the roots from frost on the soil, or cover the plant with straw. It is also possible that the soil near the root system is sprinkled with sawdust.
Seedlings are bought in specialized stores or prepared on their own.
Hydrangea White Lady is propagated by dividing the bush. A healthy bush is dug up in the fall and divided into several equal parts. It is important to preserve the root system, so you need to dig out the bush carefully.
Then the bushes are soaked in a solution of "Karbofos" (sold in stores) and kept in fertilizer for up to 3 days. This allows the roots to be nourished with the necessary elements.
The bushes are stored in a cool, dark room (basement, cellar), and in the spring they are planted in prepared holes separately according to the recommendations of specialists.
Diseases and pests
Hydrangea White Lady must be protected from pests, protected from typical diseases.
This plant variety is prone to chlorosis and powdery mildew.
The signs of incipient chlorosis are considered to be wilting of foliage, its yellowing, pronounced small inflorescences. To prevent the consequences of the disease, the bush is watered with a solution containing iron salts.
Powdery mildew appears as a result of abundant watering. It is impossible to get rid of dew. It is important to adjust the watering.
Hydrangea White Lady is also protected from pests:
- spider mite;
- meadow bug;
- leaf aphid.
"Karbofos" (100 g per half bucket of water) will protect the shrubs from bugs and ticks. The plant is treated with this solution as soon as the owner discovers the first signs of pest activity. Without treatment, the risk of the hydrangea dying increases.
Aphids are afraid of Oxychom. The bush is watered with a solution at the rate of 30 g of fertilizer per 6 liters of water.
As a result of frequent and abundant watering (or a rainy summer), slugs may appear on the hydrangea of the panicle White Lady white. Fitoverm will help to get rid of pests (at the rate of 0.1 kg per 5-6 liters of water).
"Actellik" is used in areas that snails love. The site is sprayed with a solution at the rate of 90 g per 3-4 liters of water. Processing is carried out weekly.
Hydrangea paniculata White Lady is ideal for growing in Russia
Hortense White Lady perfectly tolerates the Russian climate. The shrub is frost-resistant, it is not afraid of the low temperatures typical for our region.
Novice florists and landscape designers can begin to master the basics of gardening precisely from planting and caring for this crop. The reward will be a blooming, fragrant area.
Reviews of hydrangea paniculata White Lady
Vera Gribneva, 38 years old, Kaluga region
Four years ago, my husband and I moved to the countryside. Of course, I immediately wanted the site to amaze with a blooming view. Friends recommended planting a White Lady hydrangea and even gave out several seedlings in the spring. The bushes took root well, turned green and spread out, and soon surprised my husband and I with dense, snow-white inflorescences. I was afraid that the flower would not endure the snowy winter, so I covered the bush with straw. In the spring, all the bushes turned green again and gathered inflorescences. I do not regret that I gave preference to this particular variety. My site amazes all the neighbors with a blooming view until the first frost.
Sergey Krivoyedov, 56 years old, Moscow region
I am a military pensioner, and after my retirement I decided to settle in my dacha. I will note that I have never been involved in gardening. And then I wanted to grow something like that. After consulting with the sellers of flower shops, I decided to opt for the White Lady hydrangea. And I didn’t regret it. Virtually no maintenance, just watering. But all Moscow friends come to admire my fence.