If you love hydrangea flower arrangements, then you’ll find these tips to grow hydrangeas indoors to be very useful. You’ve marveled at hydrangea wedding centerpieces and cut hydrangeas in tall vases. Now, try to grow them indoors in containers.
And since partially shaded areas are the best locations to grow hydrangeas, why not grow your own hydrangea shrubs inside your home so that you can experience the summery and spring outdoors right at your window sill or living room?
- Don’t let the hydrangeas dry out. They dry out if there’s wind and full sun. These plants wilt easily. They require regular watering, preferably twice a day, most especially during the summer or late spring. Once or twice a week, provide deep soaking for your indoor hydrangeas.
- Put a saucer with water under the hydrangea pot. Hydrangeas bloom and thrive in a moisture-rich environment. The water vapor from the saucer will penetrate the soil in the pot.
- The key to growing healthy hydrangeas in pots is to keep the roots wet but not flooded.
- Pruning is best done either during March or April. Pruning encourages hydrangeas to bloom. It must be done periodically. Oak leaf hydrangeas must be pruned right after they have flowered. Smooth leaf hydrangeas and panicle hydrangeas must be pruned early in the spring.
- When you prune, never use your hands. This is true for all plants and not only for hydrangeas. Use a pair of hand pruning shears.
- Do not place pots of hydrangeas together. Overcrowding will restrict the air flow that’s needed to grow the shrubs properly. Always give adequate spacing between the pots.
- Transplant the hydrangea when it begins to outgrow its pot. Or you can just choose dwarf hydrangea varieties to grow indoors. Hydrangeas tend to grow big and aren’t really made for indoor cultivation because they outgrow their containers faster than many plants.
- Protect the hydrangeas from winds and full sun; these factors dry out the plants quickly. Hydrangeas cannot tolerate too much heat or a continuous absence of soil moisture.
- If you display your potted hydrangeas in the window sill, don’t forget to shelter the plant with a burlap sack during the winter.
Hydrangeas are quite lovely and breathtaking when they bloom. So, what are you waiting for? Have fun and start growing a pot or two of these lovely flowers inside your home.