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Growing hydrangeas? Horticulturist gives tips on raising the flowering plant | Ascension – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-10-28 03:15:00 –

Roses, azaleas, gardenia, camellia and hydrangea are ranked as the five most popular flowering plants in the region, according to Allen Owings, a senior horticulturist at Craig’s Nursery and a former LSU horticultural professor.

He talked about one of those top five at the Gonzales Garden Club meeting on October 6th. He gave a “hydrangea, old and new” presentation with advice on soil, irrigation, shade, fertilizer and pruning.

He emphasized the difference in plant types. For example, garden hydrangeas bloom with last year’s growth, but at the latest in June or July, old flower heads can be cut off just above the first new pair of buds. Oakleaf hydrangea blooms this year’s growth, so in the spring it is fertilized slowly and pruned in July / August. Panicled hydrangea also blooms with new growth, but do not prun until late winter or early spring.

He advised to prevent leaf spots by applying a fungicide soaked a few weeks before spring. Oak leaf and shade-like garden varieties; sun-like panic ratas (in the limelight). Hydrangea produces flowers in a variety of sizes, colors and flower shapes.

This was Gonzales Garden Club’s first face-to-face monthly meeting since March 2020. Vice Chairman Mary Joe Paulig held a business meeting. Tour chair Marilyn Rice has finalized her plans to go out at the club.

Janice Posh, the chair of the tree-planting festival, enjoyed the proposal for the location of the next annual tree-planting ceremony in January.

Horticultural Chairman Janice Debenedet provided tips for this month. After fertilizing the soil, dig the bulbs of Caladium and plant the bulbs of spring. Member Patty Mouton has announced a vertical floral design, stating that the goal is to decorate tight spaces. Four members will attend a district garden club meeting at a country club in Louisiana.

The club will meet again in November to make seasonal evergreen decorations.



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