If you want to have beautiful flowers in your own home, you should clearly choose hydrangeas. But they are not only a real feast for the eyes, and in all their flower shapes and colors. Some varieties even bring health benefits, because they improve the indoor climate. But to benefit from both, of course, the plant must be properly cared for. Today, we summarize the most important facts about hydrangeas as houseplants.
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Grow hydrangea indoors in a pot
Although taking care of hydrangeas in the garden is not too difficult, as long as you choose the right location, many do not really dare. And when it comes to hydrangea as an indoor plant in a pot or tub, even more so. Many believe that this undertaking is even more complicated, while it is not a science. Did you even know that it is possible? Absolutely! For example, in the summer months you can decorate your terrace or balcony with the planted tubs, and in the cold again indoors the house, while at the same time overwinter the flowers. But what should be considered so that everything goes right and the plants survive until the next season?
Care hydrangea as a houseplant
The indoor climate is greatly improved by hydrangea as a houseplant. In fact, the moisture-loving specimen evaporates abundantly through the leaves of the absorbed moisture (which is why the water requirement is so high). And this evaporation also increases the humidity in the room, which is perfect in the fight against dry heating air in winter and to reduce the risk of infection.
Location, watering, fertilizer and pruning all play an important role when it comes to properly caring for indoor hydrangeas. We summarize a few points that you can follow.
Where should the pot be placed?
Only if the plant likes the location , it will be able to produce beautiful and long-lasting flowers. Which is the best? It should be as bright as possible for the hydrangea as a houseplant, but direct sun should be avoided. Especially the midday hours could otherwise be very hard on the shrub and even cause it to die. Otherwise, the window sill is perfectly suitable, even better would be a winter garden. The pot should also be placed away from the heating. Hydrangeas love moisture and the dry heating air would make them die.
At normal room temperatures between 20 and 23 degrees hydrangeas feel best. It should not be warmer than this, not only for our own health. And the plant would also suffer, which leads to the fact that the flowers do not last as long. If you still like it warmer in the apartment, put the plant overnight at least in a cooler place (stairwell, basement, etc.).
Tip: If you have decided to cultivate the hydrangea as a houseplant, it is better to wait until the end of winter before buying it. While the plants are very adaptable, daylight during the winter months may be too deficient to get the freshly grown hydrangea through the winter. Beginning in late February would be optimal.
Watering hydrangea – How and how often to water?
Anyone who has ever dealt with the care of hydrangeas, or even cares for this beautiful shrub in the garden, knows how moisture-loving it is and that it requires frequent watering, not only in the summer. In this respect, hydrangea care in the pot is no different in any way. Here, too, it is watering, watering, watering! It is even the case that in the pot the need for water increases, because the soil is simply much less and thus dries out faster. This is especially true during the hot summer months.
Nevertheless, you should not give the hydrangea too much water. Waterlogging should be avoided at all costs. So excess water that has collected in the plate, it is necessary to dispose of, or water in such a way that none collects in the first place. As for the water itself, low-calcium is best. You can get it, for example, by collecting rainwater. Only in this way can you guarantee the acidic soil that the garden hydrangea, but of course also the hydrangea as a houseplant, loves.
Tip: Especially blue hydrangeas need an acidic soil, because only in this way they can maintain their blue color. You can (and should) help them out a bit by enriching the watering water with vinegar from time to time. Also, use test strips to check the pH (it should be a little below 7). Also, use rhodondendron soil instead of regular potting soil, which is sufficiently acidic, and repot every two years.
Fertilize the beautiful flower properly
But how? We assume that you have purchased the plant in full bloom. If this is the case, you do not need to fertilize it for the time being. It only needs fertilizer during the growth phase, between dormancy and flowering. The exception is again the blue hydrangea variety, because the fertilizer contains everything it needs for its color.
Use special hydrangea fertilizer or fertilizer for azaleas or rhododendrons, which you administer as a liquid fertilizer with the water. Once a week during the growth period is enough.
Hydrangea as a houseplant faded – What to do with the flowers?
In order for the hydrangea as a houseplant to keep producing new flowers, the old and faded ones should be removed (you are welcome to dry them afterwards ). For this purpose, just carefully break them off to the side above the base of the leaves.