Hydrangea macrophylla ‘All Summer Beauty’
All I can say is Wow! This is a spectacular plant!
This is a plant that I’ve been trying to get my hands on for sometime now, not readily available in local markets and not all that available on the wholesale market. In my opinion, this is a plant that is getting pushed off of the market by So Called Better Patented Varieties.
What could be better than this?
Endless Summer Hydrangea is a patented variety, a big hit on the market, and it is a nice plant. I have several of them in my landscape at home. And they do bloom well. But when you compare the blooms, I like All Summer Beauty 100 times better. These are the Endless Summer in My Landscape.
But in my opinion, they don’t compare to this . . .
All Summer Beauty Hydrangea Rooted Cuttings and or Liners.
I’ll start by explaining the difference between a rooted cutting and a liner.
A rooted cutting is just as it sounds, a small twig, usually about 4 to 5 inches. No branches, a few leaves and a nice little root ball on the bottom.
A liner is a rooted cutting that has been grown out for one year. The stem is heavier, it has started to branch out and it has a much nicer root system. Years ago when almost all nursery stock was grown in the field instead of containers the term liner was coined, describing a plant that was sturdy enough to be “lined out in the field”.
This spring, 2015, I bought 200 or 300, I don’t remember, All Summer Beauty rooted cuttings. They were nice enough, a few leaves, nice little root system. We potted them up in May and I took the photos that you see on this page in September of the same year. They grew like crazy, bloomed like crazy!
Needless to say, I have been fall down impressed with All Summer Beauty Hydrangea.
Of course mine in the nursery are grown in a potting soil mix, while the Endless Summer that I have at home are in topsoil that is really heavier than I like. So soil does make a difference, it can and will alter the bloom color.
The color of All Summer Beauty Hydrangea will change to a very rich blue color when grown in acid soil of if you amend the soil you have with aluminum sulfate, found at any full service garden center.
All Summer Beauty is hardy in zones 5 through 9 which gives it pretty wide appeal across the country.
They will tolerate shade but I grow mine in full sun and they do amazingly well, bloom like crazy.
Propagating All Summer Beauty Hydrangea.
These are very easy to propagate. Best results come from softwood cuttings done in early summer so the plants have a chance to harden off and store so food before winter. See this about Softwood Cuttings.
Hardwood cuttings? They can be done as hardwoods but for most people they really don’t do well as hardwood cuttings. Details about hardwood cuttings are here.
Where can you buy rooted cuttings or liners of All Summer Beauty Hydrangea?
I bought mine from a local friend, small grower. Just recently somebody asked who might have some All Summer Beauty Hydrangea in Our Members Area and several people spoke up and said that they did have them, or would have some soon as soon as they could dig them.
That’s the amazing thing about our members. Collectively they have just about everything that somebody is looking for. Not in large quantities sometimes, but whatever it is they usually have it.
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