The Summer Crush 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.
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What to do when a dormant plant arrives:
- Unpackage on arrival and water
- Your plant will be ready to be planted in the landscape or in a container on arrival, or if you wish you can keep your new plant in its container until spring that is ok too
- If planting in the landscape
- Consider using a root stimulating fertilizer to get your plant working hard establishing its root system during the winter months
- Use a heavy Layer of mulch to protect the unestablished roots from frost
- If planting in the landscape
- Dormant plants do require some watering: once a week should be sufficient
- When Spring arrives and your plant begins showing signs of new growth increase your watering schedule to 2 times every 7 to ten days until established, then water as needed. Apply a slow-release granular fertilizer to give your plant a great start
The Summer Crush Hydrangea from Endless Summer Hydrangeas is brand new for 2019! This exciting variety picks up where the Bloomstruck Hydrangea left off. It produces vibrant raspberry red mophead blooms in late spring and then reblooms through fall. These eye-catching blossom clusters are absolutely stunning, and perfect for drawing attention next to your patio or gazebo.
Like other mophead hydrangeas, you can change the bloom color! Alkaline to somewhat neutral soil will produce the characteristic raspberry red blooms. While acidic soil will produce bright purple flowers.
This hydrangea features large, bright green leaves with serrated edges coming to a point on the end. Furthermore, the Summer Crush has waxy cuticles that prevent midday heat melt, which is a common occurrence with some hydrangea breeds.
The Summer Crush Hydrangea is naturally compact, with an upright, rounded growth habit. Short internodes measure only a couple inches between leaves. Therefore, dense foliage is guaranteed, no pruning required!
This Macrophylla hydrangea is deciduous, meaning that it’ll go dormant to protect itself from the winter cold. After the first frost, the Summer Crush will lose all its foliage for the duration of winter. Spring will see the triumphant return of fresh foliage and blooms for the new season.
The Summer Crush is more cold hardy than traditional macrophylla hydrangeas.
At a mature size between 18-36″ H x 18-36″ W, there’s no doubt you can find a spot for at least one of these beauties somewhere in your landscape!
Endless Summer – Summer Crush Hydrangea Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 4-9.
Plant in Partial Shade for best results. Several hours of sun in the morning with afternoon shade will support healthy bloom production.
Moreover, the Summer Crush can handle more sun than traditional mophead hydrangeas, but all day sun may result in foliage burning.
Well-draining soil is important for avoiding root rot.
Water regularly after planting. 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. This will allow the roots to establish deep into the soil, helping to ensure future success. During this time, check the soil around the Summer Crush Hydrangea. If the soil is drying out or remaining soggy, you will need to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in spring, and reapply regularly according to your fertilizers instructions. A high phosphorus fertilizer will encourage the Summer Crush to produce more blooms. However, over-fertilizing will result in decreased bloom production.
Spacing your Endless Summer – Summer Crush Hydrangeas
Plant your Summer Crush Hydrangeas 18-24″ apart from plant center to plant center for a seamless planting at maturity. Space them over 3 feet apart for space between plants.
Looking to change your bloom color? Check out these Endless Summer color kits!