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Hortensia paniculata Magical Moonlight


From English, the name of the variety Magical Moonlight translates as magical moonlight. This name of the hydrangea is not given by chance - the flowers have a delicate white-green color, sometimes with a yellow tinge, like that of a night star. In July, when the flowers are just starting to bloom, their color is creamy green, eventually becoming completely white, and by the end of flowering, in September, they again become the original shade. Inflorescences are formed on the young shoots of this year.

The color of the inflorescences also depends on the place of growth of the hydrangea Medjikal munlayt - if it grows in a shaded place, the flowers will remain greenish-cream all the time. From the other varieties of hydrangea, the variety Moonlight is distinguished by the fact that in the fall it does not turn pink flowers like other types of hydrangea.

At the beginning of flowering, the inflorescence of the Magical Moonlight hydrangea is round, but over time they stretch out and take the shape of a cone with a height of up to 30 cm and a width of about 27 cm.

It is possible to add to the description of the variety that it is a shrub up to two meters high, with oval dark green leaves and a wide, up to one and a half meters, crown. Hydrangea is used for single or group plantings.


Magical Moonlight likes light, but can grow in shady places. Prefers loose, acidic, fertile soil, negative attitude to lime and sandy soil. The best option for hydrangea soil is a clay substrate with an elevated pH. If the soil is alkaline, hydrangea can get chlorosis. To increase the acidity of the soil, ammonium sulfate and iron sulfate are added to it; you can put needles or peat under the bush.

For planting hydrangea suitable place protected from strong winds and drafts. Light should also be enough for the flower not to be in the shade all the time, otherwise its flowers will be pale.

Hortensia loves moisture, so it grows well in a wetland. Watering should be abundant, especially in hot weather. Drying the plant can get sick and die. When watering, water is poured at the root, during strong heat, one plant will require up to 30 liters of water per day. So that the moisture does not evaporate too quickly, the soil around the bush is mulched with dry leaves or sawdust.


Magical Moonlight is propagated by hydrangea in the same way as other paniculate varieties, in two ways - branches and cuttings.

For breeding branches, one of the branches is added dropwise in a hole, fixed with a metal stud or pressed down with something heavy. In order for rooting to take place faster, small cuts are made on the stuck branch, and the ground is watered in the hole before planting. In the future, watering is performed simultaneously with the parent plant.

The addition of branches is carried out in spring or autumn, and they are deposited from the parent plant only after the formation of a complete root system. When transplanting the land around a new bush, hydrangeas are carefully dug in, and a shovel, together with the ground, is transferred to a new location in a previously prepared hole. Fertilizer must first be put into the hole, and watering it - the roots of the plant will immediately be in a humid environment, and it will not experience the stress of transplantation.

Reproduction of hydrangea cuttings - for this shoots left after pruning, placed in water for 3-4 days, and then cut the cutting with three nodes. The cuttings are placed for some time in a solution of water and a growth stimulator, and then they are planted in a flower pot, which is covered with a film or glass. Cuttings can be cut from green shoots grown by the end of June.

The cuttings are planted in a pot in which the soil of peat and river sand (2x1) is already located. Components do not mix - first peat is poured at the bottom of the pot, and sand is placed on top. The cutting is planted directly in the sand. After that, it is constantly watered.

In the open ground rooted and grown cuttings are planted in a year. An immature plant for the winter is wrapped with agrofibre, the roots are sprinkled with a layer of leaves or straw. Frost resistance in hydrangea appears only after the first flowering.

An adult, matured plant does not need wrapping for the winter, but if the frost in your area is very strong, humus or a mixture of peat and leaves are placed around the roots. The layer should be 20-30 cm thick.

The first 2 years of the inflorescence are cut off, not allowing the flowers to develop, so that the plant first gains strength and grows well. Only in this case, you can count on a beautiful and abundant flowering in an adult plant.

Pruning hydrangea is carried out after the retreat of severe frosts - in March-April. If the pruning is late, the flower will be weakened and may not bloom. When pruning, all shoots are shortened, leaving 3 buds on them.

Is it possible to change the color of the flowers?

As we have said, the flowers of hydrangea varieties Magical Moonlight white-green Kohler, but in some cases, you can get flowers uncharacteristic Kohler. To do this, you can use special dyes, dissolve them in water to water the flowers, but you can achieve the desired result by another method.

So, the blue color of the flowers on the acidified soil appears if you add crystals of iron or aluminum salts to the irrigation water. Even easier is to bury an iron or aluminum object into the ground under a bush of a hydrangea, sprinkle the earth with chips from these metals.

If the bush is too sprawling, you can ensure that the flowers on it will be a different color - on the one hand pink, on the other - blue. To do this, one part of the plant is watered with potassium permanganate, and the other with water infused with iron shavings. In this case, the flowers on hydrangeas will be white, and blue, and pink.

To be able to experiment with the colors of the hydrangea, when planting, the hole must be separated by a partition, and the soil of different composition - alkaline and acidic - should be poured into them. Then it will be possible to water different parts with water with dyes dissolved in it.

Like any other plant, hydrangea needs feeding. For these purposes, use diluted water manure and mineral fertilizers.

Abundant flowering can be achieved with the use of potassium sulfate, superphosphate, urea, taken in equal quantities - 30 grams per 10 liters of water. The components are mixed and watered the ground around the roots.

Top dressing is carried out 4 times a year in spring, summer and autumn. In the spring - before the swelling of the kidneys and during budding. In the summer of mineral fertilizers - during flowering. In the autumn - without nitrogen, to prepare for the winter.

Landing Magic Moonlight

This variety of hydrangea paniculata does not tolerate exposure to direct sunlight. The plant is best planted in a shaded area with a moderately moist, fertile, permeable, slightly acidic soil. Landing is best done in the spring. It is recommended to take three-year, not young seedlings. You can plant and younger, but they take root longer and bloom much later.
The variety will not be used or will grow poorly if the soil is saturated with moisture and calcium. Soil before planting shrubs dug over, enriched with rotted compost. If it is required to acidify, then add peat. To fertilize the soil, before planting a seedling, 60 g of potassium sulfate, 100 g of superphosphate, 10 kg of humus are applied per square meter of planting.

The dimensions of the hole must necessarily correspond to the root system. When planting several shrubs, between them maintain a distance of at least two meters. If it is decided to equip a hedge, plants are planted through the meter. It should be borne in mind that before planting, all broken and dried branches, if any, are removed from planting before planting.

How to water the Magical Moonlight?

Planted shrubs abundantly watered. Regular hydration is required for hydrangeas Magical Moonlight until the plant is rooted. When the shrub fully take root, watering can be reduced. However, given that the variety is moisture-loving, the soil should not dry out. The lack of moisture will dramatically affect the decorative properties of the shrub.

Young plant (the first two years from the time of planting) is recommended to be mulched. Use wood bark, compost, pine peat needles. Thanks to this operation, the gardener does not have to constantly weed and loosen the soil. If the soil is not mulched, the soil is necessarily loosened. Mulch should be laid with a layer of 7 cm and more.

How to properly feed?

Like any other plant, the Magic Moonlight requires a sub-feed. It is carried out in the spring, summer, autumn periods. Top dressing is carried out with mineral complexes and manure diluted in water. In the spring, fertilizers are applied during the period of budding, while the buds have not yet swelled, in the summer, when hydrangea begins to bloom, and in the fall, in order to prepare for the upcoming hibernation.

Depending on the time of year, fertilizers have some differences. In the fall, mineral fertilizers should have a large amount of phosphorus and potassium, but be deprived of nitrogen in the composition. In the spring make a solution of urea. 10 liters put 20 grams. An adult copy needs two buckets, and a young one is enough. During the growing season, hydrangea is recommended to feed manure at the rate of 10 liters per 1 copy.

To achieve a lush abundant flowering, Magic Moonlight should be fertilized with a solution prepared from superphosphate, urea, potassium sulfate. Each component is taken in an amount of 30 g. All is thoroughly mixed, and then poured with 10 liters of water. The prepared composition of the bush is watered around the root system.


To maintain the decorativeness of the bush allows the correct and timely formation of the crown. Judging by the reviews of gardeners, annual pruning stimulates the formation of buds, and the Magic Moonlight becomes much more beautiful. Forming procedures directly affect the number and size of inflorescences. The more radical they are, the larger and more spectacular the flowers grow.

To properly form a bush, it is cut in two stages. In the autumn, the bushes make it easier, removing all the inflorescences, and in the spring, before the sap flow begins, the adult specimen is thinned. Cut out growing inward, frozen, as well as weak branches. Annual shoots are shortened so that 3-5 pairs of buds remain. The pruning carried out in this way increases both the decorativeness of the bush and reduces the risks of thickening, prevents the development of various diseases.

Changing the color scheme of flowers of the grade Magic Moonlight

The color of the inflorescences of this variety is white-green, but you can get a more exotic shade. To achieve a change in tone, use special colors. However, wanting to get a non-standard color scheme, other methods are also used:

  • Blue tint. Obtained by watering a bush with water with the addition of aluminum or crystals of iron salts. As an alternative method, ground the earth sprinkled with metal shavings or bury an iron or aluminum object in the soil.
  • Pinkish tone. Acquire inflorescences that grow in weakly alkaline soil, if the earth is moistened with water, in which they breed a mixture of peat and potassium permanganate. Intense tint is obtained when the potassium permanganate solution is taken more concentrated.
  • Combined color. An exotic bush, on one side of which the flowers are blue, and on the other - pink, can be obtained if one side is watered with water infused on metal shavings and the other is potassium permanganate. This color scheme is suitable for spreading bushes.

If you separate the plants with a septum during planting, you can experiment with different colors. Some plants should be planted in acidic and others in alkaline soil.

Hortensia Magic Moonlight: Description

Like many representatives of the paniculate, the Magic Moonlight is an upright shrub that grows with a quality content of up to 2 meters. Strong, fast-growing shoots, covered with brown exfoliating bark, generously leafy and topped with luxurious buds, grow sprawling crown with a diameter of up to one and a half meters. Hortensia Magic Moonlight blooms on the shoots of the current year. Flowering, generous and long-lasting, begins in July and pleases gardeners until mid-September.

The flowers are collected in magnificent dense inflorescences in the form of a wide cone, the width of the base of which reaches a very impressive size (25-27 cm), and the height varies from 20 to 28 cm. The inflorescence contains flowers of two types: sterile - larger, giving refinement to the plant, and fertile - small, subsequently forming seeds. The colors of flowers are remarkable: when they open up, they turn greenish-white, eventually they turn pinkish, and closer to the autumn they turn to deep crimson tones.

Flowering shoots are excellent in cutting, and properly dried inflorescences are often used in decorating interiors and popular winter bouquets. But not only the inflorescences are decorative in this plant, they emphasize the elegant beauty of the culture and the dense, rough leaves of deep dark green color, oblong with a pronounced top and finely toothed margin.

Features of culture

Due to unpretentiousness and high decoration, hydrangea Magic Moonlight is used in landscaping, garden and park interior. It is very effective both in compositions and ensembles, and in single landings, arrays, hedges. Despite the fact that the culture is undemanding, there are some points in agricultural technology, ensuring the implementation of which, gardeners achieve luxurious and long-lasting flowering, creating a festive entourage for any natural landscape.

The plant's endurance is not inferior to its decorativeness: hydrangea Magic Moonlight successfully survives frosts of up to 26-29 ° C, which often accompany winters in temperate Russian latitudes.

Plant preferences and soil preparation for planting

Magic Moonlight prefers sunny or slightly shaded loamy areas with slightly acidic air- and water-permeable fertile soils. An important factor determining the degree of comfort for hydrangea is moderate regular soil moisture and the avoidance of an excess of calcium in it. Before planting, the site is prepared, digging over and introducing well-rotten compost, and red peat is added for acidification (if necessary). With a pronounced clay structure of the soil during digging pour a little large river sand.

Hortensia paniculone Magic Moonlight: landing and care

In the north and temperate latitudes, planting hydrangea is preferable in spring, in areas with mild winters. To acquire better well-developed 3-5-year-old seedlings: these young plants will root more successfully and bloom faster. Before planting, the soil is fertilized: 10 kg of humus, 100 g of superphosphate, 60 g of potassium sulfate are applied per square meter. The landing pit is dug in proportion to the volume of the root system of the seedling, on average its width is 0.4-0.6 m, and its depth is 03-0.4 m. The intervals between bushes are kept within 2-2.5 m, and when the device is alive hedges - 0.7-1 m.

Saplings before planting inspect, remove dried and broken, slightly shortened. When spring planting plants annually stalks are shortened, leaving 3-4 pairs of growth buds on each.

Planting care: watering and feeding

After planting, generous watering is required. During the next time that the plant takes root, he needs regular watering. And in the future, an extremely moisture-loving hydrangea panicled Magic Moonlight will require attention from the gardener in terms of hydration: the lack of water will immediately affect the decorative effect.

Culture responds well to mulching. Plantings of young plants are mulched with needles, chopped wood bark, peat or compost, which preserves the optimum microclimate and moisture in the near-barbed space. The layer of mulch should be 7-8 cm. This technique significantly reduces gardener's labor costs: you do not have to weed and loosen the soil.

Hydrangeas are needed fertilizing:

  • In the fall of complex mineral fertilizer with a high content of phosphorus and potassium.
  • In the spring of a solution of 20 g of urea in 10 liters of water. A young plant needs only one bucket of solution, an adult - 2-3.
  • During the growing season infusion of rotted manure (10 liters per bush).

The formation of the crown is necessary to maintain the decorativeness of flowering shrubs, which include hydrangea Magical Moonlight. Reviews of gardeners about the annual pruning are unambiguous: they significantly increase the beauty of the plant, stimulate the formation of flower buds. The number of inflorescences and their size depend on the forming procedures: the more radical the cutting, the larger and more effective they are.

Pruning is carried out in two stages: in the fall, all the inflorescences are removed, facilitating the shrub, and in the spring before the start of sap flow, it is necessary to thin out the adult culture, cutting “into the ring” all weak, frozen or growing crown branches. Annual shoots are shortened so that 3-5 pairs of growth buds are left on them. Such pruning is important not only to enhance the decorative qualities of hydrangea. It will help avoid the thickening of the bush and prevent the occurrence of diseases of different origin.

Change color inflorescences

Изначально у гортензии Мэджикал Мунлайт цветки бело – зеленые, но иногда можно добиться изменения их цвета с помощью специальных красителей, которые добавляются в воду для полива.

Есть другой способ поменять окрас цветков кустарника.

Если в воду для полива гортензии добавить кристаллы алюминия, и почва будет подкислена, то цветки станут синего цвета.

You can simply stick an aluminum object next to the root of the flower or sprinkle the soil with aluminum chips.

To achieve a pink color, you can use water, tinted with manganese or peat.

If the hydrangea has already grown enough, you can, on the one hand, tint it with manganese, and on the other hand, with aluminum, you will get a large multi-colored white-pink-blue bush.

In order to be able to paint the bush in different colors when planting, you can divide the roots with a small partition. On one side pour acidic soil, on the other alkaline. After that it will be possible to carry out painting with tinted water for watering.

Hydrangea must be fed with mineral fertilizers and manure.

If you feed the shrub with potassium sulfate and urea, you can achieve large flowers and long flowering. Ten liters of water will need thirty grams of fertilizer. You need to water around the roots.

Top dressing should be carried out four times a year. In the spring they feed the shrubs until the first leaves and after the formation of buds. In the summer, fertilizing with fertilizer is obligatory. In the fall, top dressing should not contain nitrogenous fertilizers, since the addition of nitrogen will prevent the plant from wintering.

Diseases and pests

Gray rot - A fungal disease of the plant, which appears on young branches with brown spots, if the hydrangea grows in a wet area, then these spots become gray. From the shoots gray mold spreads on foliage and flowers. This disease persists in the soil for up to two years and rapidly spreads with increased humidity.

To combat gray mold, it is necessary to remove the affected branches and leaves and disinfect the plant with antifungal preparations. Be sure to air the hydrangea.

Mealy dew - Fungal disease, which is subject to pot hydrangea. Manifested by white bloom on the leaves and stems. Pour dry and fall, buds dry out.

Often the development of this disease provokes an excess of nitrogen fertilizers in the soil, as well as excessive moisture.

To get rid of the powdery mildew, it is necessary to remove the affected leaves and branches, as well as spray the plant with fungicides. It is important not to overmoisten the plant.

Hortensia can also affect pests, such as:

To control pests, you can use special formulations for treatment or use alcohol or soap solution.

If all the conditions for planting and caring for the hydrangea are observed, it will take root in the garden for a long time and will delight with its lush and bright flowering. And with the experiments and even greater beauty of your garden, you can try experiment with flowers of plants, painting them in different colors special dyes or with the help of available tools.

Variety description

The varietal name “hydrangea paniculata magical moonlight” is translated as “magic moonlight” and is called so for a reason. The variety has a rich flowering and large size of inflorescences on rounded shrubs.

  1. The duration of the flowering period from early June to the first frost.
  2. It is resistant to low temperatures and is easily restored after frost.
  3. The color of the petals varies from light green to white.
  4. The height of an adult shrub is 200 cm.
  5. The form of flower clusters is cone-shaped.

Unlike other varieties, the Hydrangea Paniculata Magic Moonlight does not have a large gamut of petal colors. Its flowers, originally greenish, turn white and then greenish again.

Hydrangea inflorescences are divided into:

Sterile inflorescences are large in size and play the role of a decorative element of a shrub, while small fertile clusters of flowers act as a reproduction organ and contribute to the appearance of seeds.

Important features of plant care

Hortensia Magical Moonlight belongs to the unpretentious garden crops, care for which even amateurs can.

For full growth and flowering plants need:

  1. Sour soil (pH). Before planting hydrangeas, it is recommended to prepare a suitable mixture of soil with the addition of lime, ammonium sulfate, pine needles or peat, otherwise a significant deterioration in growth, profusion of flowering and the development of diseases (chlorosis) is possible.
  2. Sunlight. Shrubs require a significant amount of light, which is why it is recommended to plant hydrangea Magic Moonlight in open areas.
  3. The power of the wind. All hydrangeas are characterized by the fragility of the shoots due to the large size of the inflorescences, which is why when choosing a planting site it is recommended to exclude places with strong drafts.
  4. Watering. The shrub needs large volumes of water and does not tolerate drying out of the soil in hot weather (30 liters per square meter).
  5. Pruning - A regular procedure that promotes crown formation, improves plant health and stimulates the growth of new shoots.
  6. Top dressing. Allows you to restore the amount of mineral salts in the soil.
  7. Warming Despite the fact that the variety is winter-hardy, in the case of the expected cooling, additional shelter is required.

If you follow simple guidelines for care, you can get a strong and beautiful plant that will thankfully respond with abundant blooms for many years.

Preparation for planting hydrangeas begins in the spring after thawing of the soil.

Ground Mix Recipe:

  • 2 parts of fertile substrate
  • 2 pieces of red peat,
  • 1 part of humus (10 kg per 1 sq. M),
  • 1 part of sand,
  • 25 g of urea,
  • 65 g. Superphosphate,
  • 25 g of potassium sulfate.

The mixture is used to cover the bottom of the fossa and sleep the root system of the hydrangea during planting. It is also recommended to add pine or spruce needles to acidify the soil layer.

  1. For a new shrub a hole is dug 40–60 cm wide, 30–40 cm deep. If several plants need to be planted, the holes are dug out at a distance of 200–250 cm.
  2. To prepare the seedling, it is recommended to remove dried roots, and leave 3-4 pairs of growth buds on the stem.
  3. After the preparations are completed (on the night before planting), up to 30 liters of water is poured into the hole to moisten the deep layers of the soil.
  4. The prepared mixture is poured to the bottom of the fossa, and it also sprinkles the seedling root system.
  5. After completion of planting, the plant is recommended to water well.
  6. The land near the roots is mulched with bark, peat or needles to reduce evaporation of moisture. A layer of mulch at least 7 cm.

The best choice is the acquisition of young seedlings aged 3 to 5 years, such bushes are considered the most developed and easily adapt to the new place.

Pruning is an integral part of the care of hydrangea paniculata Magic Moonlight, since it is in the course of trimming the shoots that the formation of a neat and beautiful shrub shape is completed.

  • in the autumn (inflorescences are removed after flowering),
  • in the spring (removal of diseased, frozen and dry shoots).

When removing shoots, leave at least 3 pairs of buds.

Top dressing of a bush is carried out in several stages:

  • in the autumn - the introduction of ready-made mineral fertilizers with high levels of potassium and phosphorus,
  • in the spring - 20 g of urea in 10 l. water (1 bucket for a new seedling, 2 buckets for adult plants),
  • during growth and development - 10 l. manure per 1 plant.

To stimulate flowering is recommended to make a solution of 30 g of potassium sulfate, 30 g of urea and 30 g of superphosphate, diluted in 10 l. water (solution volume up to 30 l).

Thermal insulation helps keep shrubs from frostbite in the event of abrupt changes in weather conditions during the winter months, and is also a necessary precaution when growing hydrangea Magic Moonlight in a cold climate.

Preparing for winter is carried out as follows:

  1. Hortensia is wrapped with insulation.
  2. At a height of 30 cm. A protective structure is built above the shrub from the frame and the grid.
  3. The space between the insulation and the grid is lined with dry foliage.
  4. At the end of the frame with a grid covered with a dense, waterproof film.

Warming also allows to protect fragile bushes from frost and breaks.


Cutting is the most popular and used method, characterized by high performance and simplicity.

  1. After spring pruning, the shoots should be preserved and placed in water for several days (pruning is carried out until June).
  2. The shoot is cut from 2 ends so that 3-4 buds are left, the lower cut is treated with a solution to stimulate root growth.
  3. Ready cuttings are planted in a container with a prepared earthen mixture and covered with a large jar (or put in a greenhouse).
  4. Further strengthening of the cutting takes place in a dark place with good watering.

Planting in open space is carried out only in August, by which time the cutting acquires a developed root system and becomes more resistant to changes in temperature conditions during the winter months.

Bush division

The division of the bush is also a common and uncomplicated method of asexual reproduction of plants.

  1. Upon completion of flowering (autumn), the shrub should be carefully dug and divided into 2-3 parts, keeping the buds on each of the parts.
  2. The root system is trimmed to reduce the length of the roots and remove dead tissue.
  3. Shrubs are planted in pre-prepared pits with earthen mixture.

The division of the bush - the fastest way to get new plants.

Is it possible to change the color of the inflorescences?

As it is known, the natural shade of the petals of the variety Magic Moonlight varies from pale green to snow-white, however in the horticultural practice there are several methods of changing the color of the inflorescences of this beautiful shrub.

To change the color in water for irrigation add:

  1. Specialized dyes.
  2. Aluminum crystals to get blue.
  3. Manganese or peat for pink.

For coloring one shrub in different shades, the hydrangea roots are separated by a partition, after which dyes are applied.

Hortensia paniculata Magical Moonlight - a beautiful and unpretentious perennial culture, the cultivation of which is often used to decorate the garden. Hydrangea variety is unpretentious and even able to change its usual color in case of adding dyes or adding special substances to the soil.

Despite the beauty and impressive size of the shrub, cultivation under the force of not only experienced gardeners, but also beginners.