Growing & Maintenance:
Controlled release fertilizer (10-10-10) is recommended in spring. Grows best in partial shade (morning sun, afternoon shade). Grows best in well-drained soil with good organic matter; prefers slightly acidic soil; avoid heavy clay with poor drainage. Check soil weekly for moisture. Water thoroughly when dry. Remove all dead wood in early spring. After 5 years, prune out one third old wood to the ground each year in early spring to revitalize plant. Remove spent blooms to encourage additional blooms. Soil with ph level of about 5.2-5.5 will produce blue flowers, soil with pH level of about 6.0-6.2 will produce pink flowers. Winter mulch around base of plant may be beneficial in northern areas.
Forever & Ever® Peppermint Hydrangea
Hydrangea macrophylla 'REI14' (18476)
Plant Type: Flowering Shrubs
A bicolor hydrangea that blooms on old and new wood! These gorgeous 10" mophead blooms display a brushstroke of pink or blue (depending on acidity) in the center of each white petal-a unique combination to be sure. This variety will be attracting a lot of attention! Blooms early to midsummer until frost. Has Large deep green leaves in summer and a compact, mounding habit.