Features and characteristics of hydrangea Kendibell Lollipop
Tree hydrangea, which in Latin is called Hydrangea Arborescens, grows in the wild on the continent of North America. It is considered the most unpretentious shrub of its biological genus. This flower is not only the most common, but also tolerates the harsh winters of our country. There are many varieties of hydrangea. One of them is called Candybelle Lollypop / Bubblegum. And he has many adherents among gardeners for his unusual properties.
The variety has gained considerable popularity recently. The greatest interest among buyers falls on 2018–2019. The Kendibell Lollipop / Bubblegum variety is actively used in landscape design. Most often planted as a single plant, but is often used to create a group composition of various plant species.
The tree-like shrub reaches a maximum height of 1.3 m. The shoots are distinguished by a rather strong structure and are highly branched to the sides. Depending on the composition of the soil, flowers can acquire a rich raspberry or pale pink hue.
Inflorescences are formed only on the shoots of this year. Flowering lasts from June to September. The Kendibell variety is suitable for cultivation in open field or in the container. Prefers partial shade or sunny areas of the garden.
Did you know? In order for inflorescences of different shades of pink to appear on the bush, you can acidify the soil only on one side.
Planted in acidified soil. He loves the constant moistening of the earth. A layer of drainage is required in the landing pit. It grows and develops at an average rate. Although the inflorescences are always large, the shoots withstand their load and do not bend to the ground. In leaving the bush is unpretentious. Resistant to low temperatures, which are often in winter.A distinctive feature of the variety is the abundant formation of flowers.
Although tree hydrangea grows in North America, the introduced Cande Belle variety is quite suitable for breeding in our country. Shrub can be grown not only in the greenhouse or open ground, but even in the apartment.
The only problem of home growing indoors is the lack of free space, therefore, in cramped conditions, its height and diameter rarely exceed 1–1.5 m. At the same time, hydrangea grown in flower beds can develop up to 3 m.
Place of growth
To cultivate a bush on a plot, he will have to find a permanent place. As planting material, seedlings that have reached 4-5 years are used. Experienced gardeners indicate that hydrangea does not like it when it is often moved from one place to another. This is fraught with consequences: the bush may not bloom for a long time or completely disappear after a couple of years.
In the flowerbed, you should choose a place that during the day the sunlight visits at least 5 hours. Hydrangea calmly tolerates partial shade, however, in this case, smaller inflorescences will form on it.
Important! In order for the bush to bloom well, it must be fertilized with organic and mineral compounds.
This plant is unpretentious in care. The main condition is considered constant watering. The soil under the bush should always remain moist. In addition to this, it is necessary to provide some other conditions, namely:
- prepare suitable soil;
- provide lighting suitable for the variety;
- mulch and loosen the earth;
- properly propagate the shrub;
- carry out timely trimming;
Description and guidance on the implementation of these works must be considered and studied in more detail.
Choosing the right soil
This variety of shrub is not whimsical to the composition of the soil. It can successfully develop even on land in which there is a small amount of limestone. Nevertheless, if the site has free space with fertile soil, then it should be used.
One of the conditions for successful flowering is the choice of acidified soil. This is the most suitable option for hydrangea. If there is no such site, then it can be created artificially. To do this, you need to fertilize the earth with manure or pour plenty of water with the addition of a small amount of food acid, for example, citric acid.
Although hydrangea prefers sunlight, the Kendibell variety does not tolerate prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. This situation leads to the evaporation of moisture, which is considered detrimental to the bush, so it will either have to be watered constantly, or for a long time to wait for the appearance of flowers.
In connection with this situation, it is better to immediately select a partial shade area. The most suitable option would be to plant a plant under the south side of a building or tree.
Did you know? The flowers of this plant are recommended to be given to the closest people. They mean affection and gratitude.
Mulching and loosening the soil
Mulching is carried out from the moment when the hydrangea begins to let out the first shoots after wintering. The layer should be at least 5 cm. Coniferous sawdust or spruce branches, peat, bark are used as materials. At the same time, there should not be mulch in the trunk circle. It is this small space that will have to be loosened 2-3 times per season. The penetration of garden tools into the ground should not exceed 6 cm.
The easiest option to create more bushes on the site is the method of propagation by layering. To do this, in the spring, one of the side branches of the bush is selected, which is over 1 year old. A shallow groove is created in the ground along the entire length of the shoot.
The selected branch is lowered into this recess so that it is firmly in contact with the soil surface. Then the earth is poured on it, compacted and a small stone is laid on its surface. It is allowed to fix the shoot itself underground using a wire.
This layering is often watered throughout the summer. After a year, the escape is dug up. The roots formed on it are cut off and planted in a new place. Cutting and propagation by seeds are considered alternative ways, but more laborious. The easiest option is to purchase new seedlings in a specialized nursery.
Cropping and shaping
The plant pruning procedure is conditionally divided into three main stages:
- Formative. Inflorescences appear only on branches that grew in the spring of this year. Gradually, the bush becomes very dense, which will lead to a deterioration in the flowering process. To avoid this situation, a fairly significant part of the bush is cut at the beginning of each spring. If the shoot is strong, then it must be shortened to 3-5 kidneys. If the branch is not very large, then leave no more than 3. After the forming pruning procedure, the plant is fed with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers.
- Sanitary. This pruning method will be required only if the young bush has weak, poorly developed and broken branches.
- Anti-aging. If hydrangea grows in one place for a long time, it must be rejuvenated from time to time. For this, almost all shoots are cut to the very root. Only small processes are left, the length of which should be no more than 50 cm. After the rejuvenation procedure, the bush will bloom again only in the next year.It should be remembered that young plants that have not reached the age of 4 years, it is strictly forbidden to cut.
Candybelle Lollypop / Bubblegum tree hydrangea tolerates winter well.Even if its shoots were slightly frostbitten, they quickly recover.
Important! Only tree hydrangea can without consequence transfer a small amount of lime in the soil.
Nevertheless, in colder regions of the country it is customary to create shelters. They will help those gardeners who really care about their flower garden. To create it on your site, you need to make a wooden peg.
1- tilted shoots, 2 -cocking, 3- spruce branches, 4- lutrasil, 5- stone
It is placed vertically, immersing the sharp end in the ground next to the bush. Absolutely all hydrangea branches should be tied to it. Then in the form of a hut stack lapnik, which in height should cover the entire surface of the bush. You can fasten it together with a twine or wire. Instead of spruce, agrofibre or burlap is allowed.Based on the above information, hydrangea of this remarkable variety does not need excessive custody. The main thing is to provide her with suitable conditions at the time of planting and to make water in a timely manner. In this case, the shrub will delight with large flowers and an unsurpassed aroma all summer.