‘Tis the season for poinsettias! More poinsettias are sold during the holidays than any other plant! Poinsettias are everywhere you look, from apartments to zoos! There’s no doubt that these traditional holiday plants are attractive and bring holiday cheer, but they are too predictable and a bit boring. In fact, some of you may even be tired of them!
For something fresh and exciting this holiday season, try growing red hydrangeas! Early this year, Tesselaar Plants introduced the world to the “Strawberry and Cream” macrophylla hydrangeas. The deliciously-named hydrangea with rosy red blooms surrounding creamy white centers is the perfect alternative to the predictable poinsettia.
Much like the poinsettia, this potted hydrangea will brighten up any room with its bright, vibrant flowers! And it was specially bred for long-lasting indoor flowering, flowering between 4-6 weeks indoors, longer if planted in a garden in climate zones 7 and warmer.
The Strawberry and Cream is an easy to care for plant and doesn’t require any pruning. Depending on the climate, it can tolerate full sun to partial shade. To maximize its gorgeous red colouring, use well-drained fertile soil with a pH level of 6.5-7. For the best performance, water well and keep soil moist.
As the plant is grown in greenhouses, do not move the hydrangeas outdoors until after all of the blooms have faded and nighttime temperatures exceed 60 degrees F (15 degree C).
Look for the Strawberry and Cream hydrangea at your local garden center.