The Best Way To Save Money On Hydrangeas For The Garden

The Best Way To Save Money On Hydrangeas For The Garden

If you’re a beginner hydrangea gardener, it’s important to know that they are among the most expensive plants in the world. While you can buy individual flowers at wholesale prices, individual stems can cost as much as $5 each, and a shrub can cost anywhere from $35 to several hundred dollars for a small tree in full bloom. However, you can save money on hydrangeas by purchasing plants with no blooms in April rather than more mature plants with blossoms in June.

Timing is essential for hydrangeas to thrive. They should be planted in late spring, well after the last frost has passed, or early fall, before the ground gets too cold, which is usually about six weeks before the first cold snap. Some gardeners prefer to buy hydrangeas in bloom, but if you want to get a great deal, such as a ten-dollar plant instead of a $40 plant, it’s best to buy early and get a plant without blooms.

Slow and steady wins the race


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You can’t expect a garden to blossom overnight, but there’s tremendous satisfaction in nurturing plants from seedling to full adulthood, and eventually, your tenacity will pay off in a blaze of color. When buying a baby plant, we recommend you inspect it first to make sure there is visible new, aka green, growth. Look for green buds popping out anywhere along the stems or the beginnings of leaves poking through the soil. The stems should be sturdy and, well, alive. Hydrangeas are perennials, and a baby could take from a few months to two to five years to produce blossoms.

When it comes to what size to buy, a larger plant (two-gallon or bigger) might yield blooms faster than quart-sized or gallon-sized plants. But if you’re feeling impatient, know that in the first year or so, you’ll want your hydrangeas to develop a robust root system anyway for maximum longevity. With proper pruning, they can last from ten to 20 years. That’s an incredible return on a ten-dollar investment! Some good places to find hydrangeas include Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and your local nurseries. Though you can actually buy hydrangea plants online at Target and online florists, we recommend you check them out in person instead.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.