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Care Instructions for Your Hydrangeas

Here’s how to get the most enjoyment from the Kaleidoscope® Series Hydrangea ‘Hobella’ you ordered from Spring Hill Nurseries®.

  1. Location–Partial shade.
  2. Planting Distance–3' apart in cooler climates; 5-6' apart in milder areas.
  3. Soil–Will do well in most garden soils.
  4. Bloom Time–Early to midsummer through fall.
  5. Mature Height–3' tall in cooler climates; 5-6' tall in milder climates.
  6. To Plant–Dig a hole twice the size of the pot your Hydrangea is in. Carefully remove the plant from the pot. Score a vertical mark on all four sides of the root ball to encourage roots to grow out into the surrounding soil. Hold the root ball in the hole with the top of the root ball level with soil surface, and carefully fill in around the root ball. Firm soil around the plant with fingers to remove any air pockets.
  7. Water thoroughly after planting.
  8. Hardiness Zone: (5 with protection) 6 – 9

Hydrangeas have long been one of the most popular of all shrubs. Your Kaleidoscope Hydrangeas are shipped as potted plants. While the plants you’ve received may seem small, they will amaze you with their quick growth. The smaller size was specially selected for safe shipment and quick and easy planting.


Although Kaleidoscope Hydrangeas do well in average soil, for optimum results you may improve your soil as follows:

  1. Spade or rototill the soil to a depth of 12-15".
  2. Thoroughly mix in a generous 2-4" layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost or peat moss and Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food. (If soil is already rich in garden loam and well drained, the addition of Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food will provide the ideal conditions for superior growth and blooming.)


When rainfall is less than 1" a week during the summer, water your Kaleidoscope Hydrangeas thoroughly each week. A layer of mulch will help retain moisture and keep weeding to a minimum. Each spring, apply a surface dressing of Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food to your plants, scratch into soil and water thoroughly.

Pruning is helpful to promote growth and blooming. After your plants have bloomed, you may prune the faded flower heads. However, some gardeners prefer to leave them on throughout winter for added interest, and then prune in early spring.

After the ground freezes, apply a 2-4" layer of mulch to protect the roots in areas where the ground tends to heave during periods of alternate freezing and thawing. Remove winter mulch in spring, before new growth emerges, being careful not to damage young growth.

Have another question? Return to the Customer Service Help page or send an e-mail directly to Customer Service .

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