How to Choose and Plant Hydrangeas – This Old House

How to Choose and Plant Hydrangeas – This Old House

This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook discusses how to choose and plant hydrangeas. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Choose and Plant Hydrangeas:
– mophead hydrangea
– aluminum sulfate
– compost
– starter fertilizer
– superphosphate

Tools for How to Choose and Plant Hydrangeas:
– spade shovel
– cultivator
– garden hose

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50 Comments

  1. Déaglán on May 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Com on theaah Naaancy! Step haaaaard on the transpawting shovel. Use yaw heel; put some back inno it

  2. Mighty Hex on May 24, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Like he actually knew that information out the back of his head 😂

  3. Klea Rusnim on May 24, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    OR… OR… HOW ABOUT GET A GREEN HOUSE?!?!?!? A green house would MORE than make up for the winter effect and make it so your plant can easily survive during the winter – especially if you have a heater installed for those extra cold times of the year! Have the plant in a nice extra large pot – and when it blooms you can bring it outside and put it in the front yard in the spring! Cheers!

  4. taylor landrum on May 24, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    that blue flower though..

  5. Vivienne Scudder on May 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Big job to transplant a bush. well done.

  6. Fredy Rojas on May 24, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    For the first time planting a hydrangea this video gAme tons of info

  7. Barbara Lindberg on May 24, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Shame on the garden store that sold her a hydrangea that couldn’t even flower in her area. Learned a lot on this video. Thanks.

  8. Ognjen Mali on May 24, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I have Nuko Blue and my Zone is 5b, Nikko fails to bloom because it’s too cold. I love blue hydrangeas and my Zone 5b kills it, I’m sad

  9. Woo Hoo on May 24, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    This poor guy has such a bad speech impediment. I feel bad for him. Sounds kinda like "elma" fudd😂

  10. Xenia Torres on May 24, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Funny how he made her do a lot of the work. Nancy now has her blue flowers. I wonder what happen to the one they dug up? It’s not the plants fault some idiot sold her a plant that won’t flower due to being in the wrong zone! They should send it down south more to be replanted in the zone it was meant to be in.

  11. Amour Mtungo on May 24, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Garden centres are not soil experts they are just sellers. We all need to do homework before buying plants, environment, area and soil have to come into consideration before blaming it all to a garden centre. Read the label though to see how big, wide or small a plant can grow. Nice tips guy about hydrangea 👍👍.

  12. Melody McGarrahan on May 24, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Great video! Nice lady!!!! Gardeners we are better than our country’s politicians. Be kind to each other-please 🙂

  13. Tekagi on May 24, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Make sure to use plenty of stahtah fertalizah

  14. Bonnie Amey on May 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Noo!  Don’t dig up that hydrangea!  You don’t need flowers.

  15. Anu Shah on May 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Oh no… that beautiful green plant was so beautiful itself… shouldn’t be talking out…she grow new plant some were else still…so cruel….

  16. PatientVelociraptor on May 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    There’s your blue flower, Nancy! Are you happy, Nancy? Are you happy now?!

  17. Joe Greenleaf on May 24, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    They never say what state she lives in . He has a Boston accent and she doesn’t.

  18. Bonnie Amey on May 24, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Where did that hydrangea end up?  I would be SO upset if someone dug up that plant!

  19. Lori Fitzgerald-Leger on May 24, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    What can I use to make the soil more acidic for blue blumes? Thank you !

  20. Kristen Kearby on May 24, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    What’s the best fertilizer to use?

  21. Jeffrey Beauregard on May 24, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Plant food might help,one time a week

  22. William Doubleu on May 24, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Cobblers mate. It needs feeding properly.
    Over winter cover it with woollen fleece.
    That’ll stop the frost killing it.

  23. le jo casH on May 24, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I love Hydrangeas
    Nyc Pink

  24. Catherine Ihle on May 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    This is good information for replanting any large plant. I had a hydrangea blooming in a pot last year but this year I want to put it permanently in the ground.

  25. happycanadianguy on May 24, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    God bless that accent. Also, why are garden centers selling plants no good for her zone??

  26. YANKEE DOODLE on May 24, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    I don’t know about zones, but I had the same issue with an established hydrangea. Someone told me to this and it worked great. At the end of the year when all the leaves fall and all you have are stems, cut the stems back to about a foot. Then cut every other stem way back as far back as you can. For some reason this caused it to flower great the next spring. Trick is now the followling fall the stems you left longer the year befor you cut short. The new growth you had that year you leave long. Rotate the lengths every year. Im not saying this will work for every variety but it worked great for the one I had. Good luck.

  27. Srihc Adi on May 24, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    The problem here is what she said – she bought this from a "garden center". They buy plants wholesale that look good, not that are appropriate for the area climate. You really need to check those labels.

  28. Daniel Schneider on May 24, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    lol, its so funny. shes turning the soil, but has not the strength.. thats cute

  29. Thelma Hall on May 24, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Ty for sharing such great tips

  30. Valerie W on May 24, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Looks like no one in this comment section has ever heard of Google 😥😂

  31. kit kat on May 24, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    If a plant has a hill wut will I do

  32. margaret ann chamblee on May 24, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I’m looking for what sun they need… what side of the house they should be on…?

  33. Robert Carey on May 24, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Why do you wear freshly washed jeans and light colored suede boots to garden ? , bet you don’t have to do the washing and ironing in your home !.

  34. Cristiane Batezini Pithan on May 24, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Thyago e eu amamos hortencyas

  35. Mighty Hex on May 24, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I thought he said she was a great gardener 🤣 she can’t even turn soil lmbo

  36. Matthew Lennhardt on May 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I like your gahhhhden

  37. Jason Herring on May 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I just got a house built in the 40s so I am looking for flowers for my yard.

  38. YTchannel on May 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    What do you think that mophead is, Penny Mac?

  39. Jessica Karl on May 24, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I have a BigLeaf Hydrangea “Let’s Dance Diva” it starts to bloom in the spring but the leaves and the flowers get brown dry brittle spots on the leaves and the blooms don’t open but get the brown spots and don’t open. Help!

  40. Javier Chavez on May 24, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    What tipe of hydrangeas for st louis Missouri

  41. Retrocade Podcast on May 24, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    What a great GAAADEN

  42. Danielle on May 24, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    6:05 😂 he’s ripping that big bush outta the ground with all his might! Nancy is like, ok.

  43. Lisa Ylot on May 24, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Am I a dreamer to think I could have these beauties in Arizona? 9b zone??🤔

  44. justynjonn on May 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Nancy regrets having signed up for the show.

  45. Botanical Treasures on May 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Helping discussion about planting zones. Another hydrangea that probably would have worked in zone 5 is the Oakleaf Hydrangea. The foliage is so colorful and interesting that the creamy flowers that come later are almost a lovely afterthought. Kilgore-Lewis House in Greenville, SC has a lovely stand of oakleaf hydrangeas by the pond.

  46. draco on May 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    like the way roger explains things.

  47. M*R*C*L* on May 24, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    O boy it wasn’t even blue tea tootie two. She was prob like ok you crazy animal it’s not blue make sure you don’t lie 😂 jk

  48. Kaye Hatsuimono on May 24, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you for this! I would love a hydrangea in my yard and now I have the steps to do so. Thank you!

  49. vistaprime on May 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Backyahd…LOL

  50. Joseph Lennonova on May 24, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Not much help to those of other countries who don’t use US zones. But of course Americans only think of America, unlike those who speak in more general terms for the world to understand.

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