For many gardeners and owners of personal plots, the hydrangea became a favorite plant, creating a special atmosphere, transforming any territory beyond recognition.
It is a shrub (or tree) from the family of stone-saws from the Far East. There are many varieties and varieties of hydrangea paniculata, but breeders do not stop at what has been achieved - every year new, more sophisticated varieties and varieties appear that tolerate the vagaries of the weather, pleasing florists with delightful colors of various sizes, shapes and the most incredible shades.
The height of the hydrangea bush of this species ranges from one and a half to two meters (depending on the variety). From other types of hydrangeas, this variety differs in a special form of inflorescence. Small graceful flowers gathered in a pyramidal panicle. Inflorescences may exceed thirty in length and twenty centimeters wide.
The plant blooms profusely, forming a luxurious crown, from June to October. Shrubs begin to bloom three to four years after planting. Today we want to present you a new variety of hydrangea - Diamond Rouge, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in its family. At observance of simple rules on leaving bushes will long please you with magnificent flowering.
Hortensia paniculata Diamond Rouge: description of the plant
This is one of the most compact paniculate hydrangeas. It delights with rich red color and magnificent lush buds up to forty centimeters in length, which consist of sterile flowers. Inflorescences have a pyramidal shape.
Hortensia Diamond Rouge (owner reviews confirm this) is a real innovation - it is the most beautiful variety of currently existing types of paniculate hydrangea. In early July, flowers with large sepals open up completely white flowers, which after a few days turn pink, and after three weeks acquire a rich red color. By August, it becomes even more intense, purple-red. Flowering lasts for several weeks.
Hortensia Diamond Rouge, a description of which today can be found in many publications on floriculture, blooms profusely and for a long time. Shades of flowers may vary depending on the type of soil and weather conditions. The bush in height, as a rule, does not exceed one and a half meters, with a set of strong and strong shoots, each of which crowns magnificent inflorescence.
Hortensia paniculata Diamond Rouge has a decorative foliage - in the spring, the latter is painted in a bright green color, in the fall, it changes shades from purple to orange. The leaves have an oblong shape and velvety surface. They are located opposite.
Hortensia Diamond Rune has a superficial root system that spreads widely beyond the crown and, like most Far Eastern plants, prefers coolness. This explains the need for annual spring mulching of the stem circle. Mulch retains moisture in the soil and maintains its fertility, which, undoubtedly, has a beneficial effect on the flowering of the plant.
Hortensia paniculata Diamond Rouge: landing and care
This is a photophilous plant, but it develops well in partial shade. Hortensia paniculata Diamond Rouge usually lands in open ground in autumn or early spring. It tolerates dry seasons, and in wet soils, the plant feels great. That is why it is necessary to carefully monitor the quality of watering.
The landing pit should be made fairly wide - at least seventy centimeters in diameter. This is necessary so that the roots are evenly distributed. It is filled with a portion of organic and mineral fertilizers and moisturizes well. It is important to know that when planting a seedling, the root collar should not be buried. Drenched in soil and well-packed hole must be poured abundantly.
Hortensia Diamond Rouge may be planted in open ground in the fall, but only in the southern regions. Before planting a seedling, you need to choose the right place. And in this case several factors matter.
This type of hydrangea does not tolerate direct sunlight, so half-shaded areas are most suitable for it. In the sun, hydrangea grows poorly, its inflorescences shrink.
Hortense Diamond Rouge, planting and caring for which is not too complicated even for a beginner in floriculture, prefers clayey or loamy fertile soil. In sandy soil almost does not develop. For this variety, a loose, rich in organic, fertile, moderately moist soil with a neutral or acidic environment is most suitable. On such a soil, the flowers become more saturated.
The acidic nutrient medium for this luxurious plant can be created using ordinary whey. If it gets into the soil, its bacteria will create a favorable environment for the plant. In addition, the soil can be acidified by adding sawdust, half-dead needles, brown peat to it.
Hortensia Diamond Rouge is a moisture-loving plant, therefore it does not tolerate proximity to the same plants as moisture lovers. It is more expedient to plant ground cover flowers under the crown, for example, saxifrage.
Scrub care after planting
Hortensia Diamond Rouge is responsive to care. Observance of simple rules will help to achieve abundant bright flowering on a healthy powerful bush.
It should be abundant and regular (during the dry period at least twice a week). After watering, the soil should be loosened to prevent cracking of the upper layer. Mulching with peat or needles will help you in this.
At the beginning of the growth of the bush is useful nettle infusion (diluted). Mineral supplements should be applied carefully, but regularly (every ten days). For this, water-soluble fertilizers are suitable, which are added to the water for irrigation. From organics fit diluted bird droppings and slurry. In addition, for the treatment of plants suitable iron chelate. The fertilizer interval should not exceed fifteen days. Otherwise, the flowers will be small and faded.
Hortensia Diamond Rouge needs annual pruning. Thanks to this procedure, the plant will long remain attractive and bloom for a long time, delighting the gardener. In autumn, all remaining inflorescences, weak and old branches growing inside the bush should be cut from the bush. For the winter it is recommended to leave no more than twelve strong shoots.
Spring pruning is carried out before buds bloom. The shoots of an adult plant are cut to two to three buds, young to three to five. This will allow the bush to gain strength over the summer period. Flowering becomes more intense and lush. Spring pruning is usually combined with top dressing.
Old hydrangea bushes require rejuvenation. To do this, shoots must be cut under the stump. In two years the bush will fully recover.
Pruning after flowering
Often, many believe that dry inflorescences look very impressive and decorative in winter, covered with hoarfrost or snow, so it is better to cut them in spring. However, experienced growers are confident that the inflorescences should be cut in the fall, especially for bushes with thin stems. During heavy snow or freezing rain, branches may break off. This risk increases many times in cases where the bush has been formed into a single trunk and is more like a stem tree.
If we neglect pruning, over time, the bark on old trunks cracks, the crown thickens with weak random shoots, the bottom of the bush becomes bare, the inflorescences remain only at the top. In addition, the intensity of flowering is reduced.
Reproduction of hydrangea
Hortensia Diamond Rouge breeds in the following ways:
Propagation of this plant seeds is impractical. The fact is that the seeds of this plant are very small, give weak unanimous shoots, and a full-fledged bush, pleasing flowering, can be obtained only after four years.
Reproduction is most common by cutting. Cuttings cut with annual shoots. As a rule, their maturation occurs in June, when the bush is covered with buds. It is necessary to know that cuttings cut in autumn and spring root much worse.
How to prepare cuttings?
A cut piece of the shoot must have at least three pairs of buds, and the lower cut must be at a distance of two centimeters. The upper cut - at a distance of five centimeters. Lower leaflets must be removed, leaving no more than two. The remaining leaves are half pruned.
Sliced shoots are soaked in water for several days. And then they are treated with a growth stimulator. Rooted cuttings in a container with peat-sand mixture (2: 1). Planting material is deepened by two thirds. On top of the soil mixture is filled with sand. Seedlings need to cover banks and put them in the shade. Humidity must be maintained in containers, otherwise the cuttings will not root. Watering and spraying spend daily. The first roots will appear in three weeks. After this period, the banks can be removed and continue to regularly water the plants.
For the winter, containers with cuttings are placed in a cool (but not frost-free) place. At this time it is necessary to monitor the condition of seedlings to prevent the appearance of fungus. In the open ground young saplings can be planted in August, the next year. By this time young shoots will appear on them. If during this period flower buds appear, it is better to cut them off so that the plant quickly gains strength.
Reproduction by layering
This method is quite simple: in a dug groove 25 cm deep, bend mature annual shoots, after making shallow cuts on them. In the groove, the layering should be pinned or fixed with a stone. The upper part of the layering should be above the top layer of soil in a vertical position. The groove is covered with earth and moistened. Already next spring, young shoots will appear on the layers.
Do not rush to their separation from the uterine bush. This is usually done in a year, when a young plant will get strong enough. It is noteworthy that in this case all varietal properties of the mother bush are preserved.
Hydrangea Diamond Rouge is paniculized today in almost all regions of our country. Reviews of this luxurious plant can be read in almost all publications on floriculture. Exquisite blooming of huge inflorescences, quite simple care, a beautiful combination in landscape design with other plants, high winter hardiness - these are the qualities for which the Diamond Rouge (hydrangea) is valued by gardeners. Disadvantages of this plant is insignificant - the need for winter shelter in the northern regions and a great need for moisture, which does not allow to leave the plant for a long time (for example, when leaving for vacation).
The variety of garden hydrangea Diamond Rouge is a tree-like bush with lush inflorescences, which height is 1.8 meters. It differs from other varieties in the shape of inflorescences, which resemble pyramids with a length of more than 30 centimeters. Flowering period - from June to mid-autumn.
The entire period the color of the flowers varies - from white to dark red. Climate conditions and soil composition may also affect coloring. The first flowers the plant gives only the third year of life.
Diamant Rouge's slightly velvety foliage is oblong in shape. Like the flowers, the leaves change their color during the flowering period from deep green to orange.
Planting and Care Rules
Hortensia of this variety loves the light very much, but grows quietly in partial shade. It is difficult to tolerate drought, prefers moderately moist soil, so the quality of watering is given a special place. Before planting the plant is kept at a temperature of from 0 to three degrees of heat.
- Do not dig the root neck during the landing.
- Land after landing carefully loosen and water.
- The first feed must be done at the end of spring.
As an experienced gardener, I advise you to prune shoots before the growing season. Such actions contribute to lush flowering.
It is necessary to plant the hydrangea paniculata in the pits, the size of which must be at least 50x50x70 cm, after the night frosts end. If you bought your plant in a store with a closed rhizome, then you can plant it before the end of the summer period. In this case, the pits must be made deeper and wider.
Despite the love of moisture, planting plants in areas with groundwater is not recommended. Moreover, its wintering directly depends on how much moisture the roots accumulate during the autumn months; the smaller, the better the bush will bear the winter cold.
Grade Diamond Rouge is very fond of nutritious soil, loose, containing organic matter, wet with a neutral or acidic pH. The presence of an acidic environment affects the color depth, and at low pH the flowers will have pale shades.
Any variety of hydrangea is contraindicated in soil containing sand and lime. You can make a nutrient medium for your hydrangea by pouring simple whey into the ground.
Fertilizer and watering
During the entire season, hydrangea in the garden is watered no more than once every 7 days. Only in hot weather, the frequency of watering can be increased up to 2 times. Also, care for the plant provides fertilizing, which must be carried out 2 times a year:
- At the end of May and the beginning of June, when the budding phase begins, the hydrangea is fed with nitrogen fertilizers.
- In the summer, the plant needs potassium, which must be added according to the instructions.
Do not pour ash under the bushes, it reduces the acidity of the soil!
During the care of the bushes especially pay attention to pruning, which is necessary to hold every spring. Many growers make one mistake - they cut the bushes very shortly, removing most of the buds. Do not repeat this. In this issue, each plant must be approached individually.
Cooking hydrangea paniculata for wintering
If you live in areas where winters are harsh and long, then the bushes must be insulated. To this end, you can use one of the ways:
- Cover with spruce branches. To bend all branches, to fix with brackets, to cover with fir-tree branches. In the center of the bushes pour peat.
- Tie young bushes with a rope and gently pull to the ground, fixing them in this position. Cover them with lapniknik and sawdust on top, cover with lutrasil or spunbond.
- Tall bushes are wrapped in lutrasil, fixed with scotch tape. Set a grid of metal around, pour dry foliage inside the circle, cover with polyethylene.
Growing a hydrangea, I noticed this feature, with each winter the plant grows stronger and its resistance to low temperatures increases. Therefore, in an area with moderate winter colds, the shelter of the bushes can eventually be completely discarded.
Planting and further care
Hydrangea is a light-loving plant, although it can grow well in a shaded place. The amount of sun will directly reflect on the splendor of flowering shrubs.
It is best to plant a shrub in the ground in the fall or spring, as in the summer it will lack moisture and in winter the plant may die.
It is better to make a hole for planting hydrangeas large enough so that you can straighten the roots. The soil must be fertilized.. The root neck of the shrub is better not to deepen.
After planting, it is imperative to water the plant abundantly and regularly.
When choosing a place for landing, you should follow the following rules:
- Diamond Rouge does not tolerate direct sun exposure, the best shrub will feel in partial shade. With a long exposure to sunlight on the bush, inflorescences eventually shrink and bloom poorly.
- The soil should be loamy and fertile. In the sand the shrub will not grow. The soil should be with an acidic environment, as this will help the inflorescences to bloom even brighter.
- To acidify the kidney, you can use the serum. Milk bacteria will create an excellent environment for the growth of shrubs. Peat, sawdust or pine needles can also be used to acidify the soil.
- Hortensia loves water very much, so it is better not to plant it under birch trees or near moisture-loving plants.
Departure after landing
Subject to the following rules of care, hydrangea will bloom profusely and brightly, as well as develop beautifully.
Need abundant wateringespecially in the hot season about two times a week. So that the soil does not crack, it needs to be loosened and also mulched.
Shrub must be fed fertilizer. You can add fertilizer to water for irrigation.
This variety of hydrangea needs pruning once a year. On the condition of annual pruning in the fall, it will be easier for the plant to wake up after winter, and the shrub will retain its attractiveness and duration of flowering. You need to cut off the flowered inflorescences, as well as old branches.
In the spring to cut the hydrangea need to blooming buds. This will help the shrub quickly gain strength. After spring pruning, it is necessary to feed.
To rejuvenate the bush you need to cut it under the stump and it will fully recover in two years.
Высохшие соцветия смотрятся красиво даже зимой, но для пользы растению их все-таки следует обрезать, после того как они отцветут, так как при сильном снегопаде есть риск, что ветки растения обломаются, а также отцветшие растения притормаживают цветение гортензии.
If the hydrangea is not cut, then the weak shoots thicken the bush and it blooms only at the top. Also greatly reduced flowering density.
During severe frosts, the plant may suffer, so it is better to cover only the planted hydrangea for the winter until the bush is strong.
Hydrangea Paniculata Diamond Rouge Description
This shrub is distinguished by its unusual beauty, having a height of up to one and a half meters, and a crown with a diameter of from 1.2 to 1.5 meters.
Flowers at Diamond Rouge are large, gathered in inflorescences in the form of panicles that reach 30 and sometimes 40 centimeters in length. As a rule, they are formed on the shoots of the new year. It begins to bloom in June, towards the end. At first, her flowers have a white color, but within a few weeks, they are already beginning to turn pink. By the fall, the flowers of this paniculata, become saturated red. But the color of the inflorescences may vary, due to different types of soil, climate, as well as other factors. It is considered the most red of all paniculate hydrangeas. It blooms from June to September.
The leaves of Diamant Rouge have an oblong shape and a slightly velvety surface, located opposite. Color varies during flowering from dark green to deep orange, which looks very attractive and unusual.
Hortensia paniculata Diamond landing and care
She loves the light, but it will be fine to develop in partial shade.
Diamond Rouge is experiencing difficult dry seasons, feeling like a fish in water, in wet soils. That is why the quality of watering should be monitored most carefully.
Before planting, the plant should be stored in a room with a temperature not lower than 0 and not higher than 3 degrees C. It is planted so that the root neck does not deepen. After planting, the soil should be loosened, and also heavily watered. Approximately by the end of May it will be necessary to conduct additional feeding. According to the recommendations, before the beginning of the growing season, it is necessary to do about 2/3 pruning of the shoots.
In this case, it will bloom most abundantly.
If you do it regularly, then the flowering panicled Diamond Rouge every year will be more abundant, lush and favorable.
But if you do not do this, then the plant may not develop as it should be, and in exceptional cases, and not start blooming at all.
Hydrangea "Diamant Rouge" soil and fertilizer
In order for the plant to develop properly, it must be planted in the right soil.
For this variety, organic-rich, loose, fertile, moderately moist soil with an acidic or neutral environment is best. On the acidic soil, the flowers have a richer shade, while with a low pH, they are more pale. Hydrangea will not be able to fully develop in the lime and sandy soil.
Nutrient, acidic environment for garden beauty, you can create with the help of ordinary whey.
Her bacteria, when released into the soil, will create a nutrient-friendly, acidic environment for the plant. Thus, the serum will only have a positive effect on the development of hydrangeas.
Neutral and alkaline soils, rich in organic matter and trace elements, are able to compensate for most nutrients.
Sometimes the plant requires additional processing. This can be done by processing in the evenings on the sheet,
It is important that the weather was windless.
Iron chelate in mixtures, with minimal addition of fertilizers, is suitable for processing. From April to September, it is necessary to fertilize every week, periodically, depending on the season, changing the types of fertilizers. Nitrogen fertilizers are suitable for spring, phosphate fertilizers for summer, and potash fertilizers for autumn.
Description of Hydrangea Paniculum Diamond Rouge
The homeland of the bush is south of Sakhalin, Japan and China. It is quite frost-resistant, but in the northern regions of our country is not so picturesque.
Among the many types of hydrangea paniculata variety Diamond Rouge - the most spectacular and flowering. He was recently bred by French breeders and has already gained popularity among amateur growers.
Small delicate flowers form pyramidal panicles up to 30-40 centimeters in length.
This variety has an exceptional feature - first, the inflorescences are white, become pink after three weeks, then turn red, and closer to the fall they become saturated with purple hues.
Flowering begins in July and ends in October.. The leaves of this shrub also change the color range - from bright green in spring to orange and scarlet in autumn.
Hortensia Diamond Rouge grows to 1.5 meters. To get a lush bloom on a strong bush, you just need to follow simple rules of care.
Flowering Hydrangea Diamond Rouge:
Planting and care
Shrub blossoms for 3-4 years after planting. Consideration of the following factors is of great importance for its long and abundant flowering:
- soil texture and acidity.
This shrub grows in partial shade and in open areas, but direct sunlight reduces its decorative effect.
Hortensia paniculata Diamond Rouge (Diamond Rouge) loves wet soiltherefore requires regular watering (in the dry season - up to two times a week) and mulching.
Plant it in the autumn or early spring. The landing pit should be wide enough, since the roots are located superficially. The pit is filled with mineral and organic fertilizers, mixing with peat and humus.
It is important to watch that so that the root neck of the seedling is not covered with earth. Pristvolny circle gently stamped for greater contact of the roots with the soil and well watered (1-2 buckets of water).
Plant the plant in autumn or spring, in partial shade, on loose fertile loams with neutral or slightly acidic medium
When planting in autumn, the seedling should be covered from freezing.. In adult bushes only the root system is covered.
The shrub grows well on loose fertile loams with a neutral or slightly acidic environment. The chemical and physical composition of the soil affects the color saturation.
Acidification of the soil under the plant can be normal whey, rotted sawdust and needles.
To keep the inflorescences large and bright throughout the season, it is necessary to produce periodic dressings. In the spring, the hydrangea paniculata responds well to fertilizer by diluted nettle extract.
Mineral mixtures feed it for the entire growing season 3 times:
- at the beginning of budding,
- during flowering,
- in preparation for the winter.
Hydrangea is rarely affected by diseases and pests.and this is its indisputable advantage over other flowering shrubs.
Mineral mixtures feed it for the entire growing season 3 times
Every fall from the bush remove all faded paniclesas well as sick, weak, old and thickening branches, leaving 10 - 12 strong shoots.
Spring before bud break produce formative pruning - all branches are cut into 3 buds.
Old bush can be rejuvenated by cutting "on the stump." The plant at the same time restores flowering in the second year.
Hydrangea, formed in the form of a tree, looks very impressive. To do this, for several years, doing a special pruning.
Trimming panicle hydrangea in spring: