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Big Daddy Hydrangea

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About Big Daddy Hydrangea

The Big Daddy Hydrangea from the Southern Living Plant Collection produces massive eye-catching blooms that are impossible to ignore. Like other Macrophylla hydrangeas, these vibrant mophead bloom clusters are pink if planted in alkaline soils and blue while grown in acidic soils. Expect an extensive initial bloom in early summer, followed by slightly smaller reblooms through fall. Additionally, the Big Daddy proves to be an impressive addition to cut flower arrangements.

When the Big Daddy isn’t in bloom, large serrated leaves will still draw attention. Their glossy surface reflects sunlight beautifully.

Soil alkalizers, such as limestone or hardwood ash, can be used to raise the pH to the desired level, while acidifiers, such as peat moss, can be used to lower the pH.

The Big Daddy Hydrangea reaches a mature size of 5-6′ H x 5-6′ W. It’s guaranteed to shine as a hedge, border, specimen, or container plant.

*The Big Daddy Hydrangea is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

Big Daddy Hydrangea Care

Hardy in USDA Zones 6-9. In addition, this deciduous shrub will go dormant every winter in every zone.

Plant in Partial or Filtered Sun for best results. The Big Daddy Hydrangea can’t handle extended direct sun exposure, however, too little sun will result in a decreased bloom cycle.

The Big Daddy Hydrangea needs regular watering after planting, around 3-4 times a week for the first few months. During this time, check the soil frequently to ensure that your plant isn’t drying out or staying soggy. Afterward, you can water less frequently, 2-3 times per week as needed. Once your plant has a couple growing seasons under its belt, it will only need watering during, particularly dry periods.

Fertilize in early spring with a balanced fertilizer. Then reapply as instructed by your brand of fertilizer, traditionally in May, and July.

Big Daddy Hydrangea Spacing Recommendations

Space Your Big Daddy Hydrangea 4 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant them 6+ feet apart to leave space between shrubs.

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Scientific Name
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Big Daddy'
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Average Size
5-6' H x 5-6' W
Bloom Season
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12 reviews for Big Daddy Hydrangea

  1. Anita (verified owner)

    My 95 year old mother loved them but i think more impressed with your packaging. She tells me they planted it and how gorgeous it is.

  2. EM (verified owner)

    This was the first time I ordered from this nursery. I had waited over two years for a 1-gallon size, and it was still out of stock.

    When the nursery had a great sale, the 3-gallon was the only size in stock, so I ordered one. I received a very healthy, but medium sized plant with one blossom and three broken branches. I was disappointed, although happy to have this plant since I’ve waited so long for this plant.

    I planted it in a large garden pot and placed it on my covered porch, where it gets just a dabble of sun. So far, my Big Daddy plant is happy in its new home.

  3. Aaron (verified owner)

    Ordered three. Two were packed together and one individual. The two packed together were delivered upside down and damaged. The plants survived and we planted them. The one delivered right is thriving. The other two are trying to catch up. One of the two in particular had lots of broken stems. Would be 5 stars if not for the delivery issues.

  4. Bill (verified owner)

    Great healthy plants.

  5. Michelle Mejores (verified owner)

    I ordered this and did not arrived! It was sealed in a box labeled hydrangeas but when I open it was different plant I’m disappointed I’ve spent and bought a lot of trees and Did not get right product.

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  6. Theresa and Joseph Ruggiero (verified owner)

    I ordered 6 of these Big Daddy Hydrangeas and was very impressed by how well they were shipped and how good the plants looked on arrival! Great job PBM! Just ordered some White Weddings and can’t wait to get them. ❤️

  7. Pati (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly and in perfect condition.
    It’s a happy hydrangea and already covered in buds.

  8. Tiffany Phillips (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy gorgeous plants! Would buy from plantsbymail again!

  9. michael.varga211 (verified owner)

    WOW, this plant was huge and full of flower buds when I received it. It bloomed beautifully it’s first summer. Deer nibbled on it this winter. I am crossing my fingers that it blooms as well or better in its 2nd year.

  10. George Evans (verified owner)

    Great so far. I just received the plant and it was in fantastic condition. Planted it about a week ago and it seems to be thriving. No blooms right now but I didn’t expect much buying during the dog days of summer. Very happy with this and other plant material I have ordered.

  11. Kathy (verified owner)

    Very small, no blooms. Won’t order again.

  12. Cari (verified owner)

    I ordered two of these, they arrived well-packed, undamaged, and with beautiful blooms. So far they are doing wonderfully in my flower bed, getting morning sun and afternoon shade.

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