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Hydrangea (Quick Fire Fab™ #2)

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Price: $31.00  $27.90

Quick Fire Fab® panicle hydrangea shares the same super-early bloom time, rock-solid reliability, and easy-going nature of the original Quick Fire hydrangea, but adds big, full, showy mophead blooms to the mix. How fabulous is that? It's the best way to get the earliest possible panicle hydrangea flowers, expanding the seasonal display by two weeks or more every year. 

 

If you look closely at the lush blooms, you'll see each floret has an unusual cruciform shape which gives them a textural effect you won't find in other panicle hydrangeas. As the blooms age, they turn blush pink, then bright pink, then red, from the bottom up, making each one look like a big delicious ice cream cone that goes from vanilla to berry as the summer progresses. Quick Fire Fab provides 3+ months of flowers and color in your landscape or garden, and does it all with almost no work or effort from you.

 

Hydrangea are a genus of about 70-75 species.  They are native to Asia and (through fossil evidence) North America.  They can grow as vines and as trees / shrubs.  Most of the climbing varieties are not hardy here and require a lot of sun to be successful.  The shrub versions do well here depending on species.  I do not recommend 'Endless Summer' varieties here in the prairie.  They can survive here but the rate is lower than I would recommend.  Some were brought back to Europe by a Dutch Indies trading ship in 1736.

 

Flower petals grow as sepals, which is a leaf design that protects the plants.  They like moist but not wet roots (hydro meaning water).  Hydrangea are incredibly hardy and will revive even after severe drought damage.  Prune like other woody perennials - usually in the fall.  New shoots will grow from the old wood the following spring.  I have a lot of luck just pruning off the flowers as the heads die back, which also maintains a very clean appearance.

 

Most hydrangeas will change color over the season - sometimes slight and sometimes dramatic.  Some will change color based on the pH of the soil and the presence of copper (usually will shift a pink hydrangea to blue).  The paniculata varieties generally change from white blooms to red towards the fall.

Dimensions
Pot Type #2
Potential Height 150 cm
Potential Spread 150 cm
Hardiness
Light Full Sun, Partial Shade
Zone 3
Availability
Ship Date June 2021
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