Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Forever Pink’
I love this hydrangea! I bought 200 rooted cuttings for 55¢ each, potted them up in mid May and by mid summer they had flushed out and were blooming like crazy.
I didn’t get these two photos until September so by that time the blooms were going away, wish I had gotten the blooms earlier because they were spectacular.
This hydrangea is rated for zones 6 through 9 but I bought these rooted cuttings from a zone 5 nursery and I’m sure their stock plants are growing outside in an unprotected environment. This is the first winter for the ones that we potted in May so that’s really all I know about cold hardiness of this plant.
If you add aluminum sulfate around the base of the plant in spring the flowers will head in the direction of being light blue and maybe even dark blue. If you want deep pink flowers, sprinkle a little agricultural lime around the base of the plant in the spring.
This is a super easy plant to care for. Most of my hydrangeas I cut back to the size that I want at the end of the growing season.
Questions about when and how to prune hydrangeas?
I thought so. Not too long ago I wrote an Article about Hydrangea Pruning. Take a Peek.
Forever Pink Hydrangea appreciates moist soil and a bit of shade, but my potted cuttings were growing in full sun and they did fine. But we did keep them well watered.
Mike, where can I buy rooted cuttings for 55¢ each?
I knew you were going to ask that and to be honest, that was an incredible deal, but there are spectacular deals in The Buy/Sell Section of our Members Area on a daily basis. Rooted cuttings are usually less than one dollar each. But you have to check that area daily because new ads go up daily and old ads come down. Many things sell out in a matter of just a few hours so you have to watch it like a hawk. Especially during the growing season.
If you don’t see what you are looking for just ask. Either another member has what you need, or they will direct you to a wholesale source where you can them at deeply discounted wholesale prices.
Questions or comments? Post them below and I’ll be happy to answer them for you.