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How to Change the Colour on your Hydrangeas

 How to Change the Color on your Hydrangeas

To begin, use a soil test kit to determine the current pH levels of your soil. This may seem complicated, but it is actually a pretty simple process. All soil has a pH value which measures the acidity or alkalinity. The pH scale is from 0 to 14; 7 is neutral. Soil pH values of less than 7 indicate degrees of acidity. Soil pH values greater than 7 indicate degrees of alkalinity.

Next, determine whether you would like your hydrangea blooms to be pink, purple, blue or a combination of blue and pink. Then adjust the pH of your soil from it's current pH level to reflect the respective color you would like. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more acidic, the darker the flower. For your convenience, below is a list of hydrangea bloom colours and the pH levels to achieve those colors.

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  1. Blue flowers - pH 5.5 or lower
  2. Pink flowers - pH 6.5 or Higher
  3. Purple or a mix of blue and pink flowers on the same plant - pH 5.5 and pH 6.5

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Melisse & Co. - How to Change the Color on your Hydrangeas - How to Care for Hydrangeas

***Note: Only the flowers of bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla), also known as mopheads and lacecaps, can change color. Other types such as oakleaf hydrangeas or hydrangeas 'Annabelle' only bloom in white or cream. 

Enjoy! 

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 Soleirolia Soleirolii, formerly known as Helxine soleirolii

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Appearance

Baby’s Tears plants resembles a dense, yet delicate bed of tiny green leaves.
These delicate looking plants provide a beautiful soft looking layer of green carpet in moist gardens. They can grow as high as 2" and as wide as 18".
 

Applications

These no mow, low growing plants that give off a moss-like look. Baby tears plants offer a great alternative to grass in areas of indirect sun. It is relatively low maintenance and provides a gorgeous soft groundcover in the garden. In addition to being a great plant for landscaping, it also makes a great houseplant or as a garden bed in fairy gardens or terrariums. Their draping properties also make baby tears great hanging plants.

Origin

Soleirolia soleirolii (Baby’s Tears) plants, formerly known as Helxine soleirolii originated from Corsica and Sardinia and belongs to the Urticaceae family. 

Bloom

Baby tears feature tiny white flowers. 

Types: Aurea

The golden Aurea variety has a beautiful yellowish tone with broad leaves. It is commonly known as Golden Baby’s Tears. 

Care:

Soil:

Baby tears needs well-draining moist soil with sufficient air circulation. Tip: Thoroughly mixing in coco coir, perlite or vermiculite to your soil with help with proper drainage. 

It grows in the shade locations and areas of indirect light. 

Water:

This plant grows well in consistently moist and can rot in soggy soil. 

Fertilize:

Fertilizeing frequently during it's growth season in the spring and summer will help this plant grow faster and keep it healthy. A great rule of thumb is to fertilize every two weeks. 

Use a balanced liquid fertilizer that is diluted to about half.

Propagation

Baby tears can be propagated by division pretty easily. Make sure to fertilize after propagation to help it bounce back from any potential shock. 

Pruning

Baby’s tear plants are prolific growers so pruning them back will keep them contained and under control. 

 

Pests

There’s a slight pest possibility with Pilea plants, namely whiteflies, scale, and aphids. To help control pests, add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide into a 1pint of water and spray the foliage. Leave the solution in for about 10 minutes and water the entire plant thoroughly. Also, consider neem oil. 

Baby Tears vs. Irish Moss

Baby tears plants are sometimes confused with Irish moss (Sagina subulata). Although they resemble one another from afar, Irish moss has very fine, thread-like foliage, which differs from the teardrop-shaped leaves of baby tears.

Similarly, Irish moss likes moist soil and partial shade, but it's hardy down to USDA growing zone 4. In addition, it works better as a landscape perennial rather than as a houseplant.

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Enhance Visual Interest by Combining Two Different Plants

We recently redesigned our planter bed. We had the soil amended with a half blend of organic potting mix and the other half a combination of sand and pumice. This will provide better drainage. We also divided and rearranged the plants in efforts to give this area a nice blend between height and width.

The two varieties of plants that share similar markings were added to give us a variability in height and width. The similarities will allow for a visually soothing observation, while their height and width differences will provide better coverage and keep this arrangement a little more interesting.

This bed has been incorporated with Sansevieria Masoniana 'Congo' and Sansevieria 'Jaboa' to satisfy our desire for more coverage in width and height. Sansevieria Masoniana ‘Congo’ grows shorter and wider in comparison to the Sansevieria ‘Jaboa’ which grows a bit more narrow and taller. The tallest Jaboa stalk here is approximately 4’ tall.

This area will grow in to give us an interesting variety in size and form, but will maintain a nice flow due to their shared markings. We look forward to seeing this grow.

Melisse & Co. - Enhance Visual Interest by Combing Two Different Plants - Landscape and Garden Design with Sansevieria Masoniana Congo and Sansevieria Jaboa - Landscaping Inspiration - Gardening Ideas

Melisse & Co. - Enhance Visual Interest by Combing Two Different Plants - Landscape and Garden Design with Sansevieria Masoniana Congo and Sansevieria Jaboa - Landscaping Inspiration - Gardening Ideas

Melisse & Co. - Enhance Visual Interest by Combing Two Different Plants - Landscape and Garden Design with Sansevieria Masoniana Congo and Sansevieria Jaboa - Landscaping Inspiration - Gardening Ideas

Melisse & Co. - Enhance Visual Interest by Combing Two Different Plants - Landscape and Garden Design with Sansevieria Masoniana Congo and Sansevieria Jaboa - Landscaping Inspiration - Gardening Ideas

Melisse & Co. - Enhance Visual Interest by Combing Two Different Plants - Landscape and Garden Design with Sansevieria Masoniana Congo and Sansevieria Jaboa - Landscaping Inspiration - Gardening Ideas

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