(Big Leaf Hydrangea) Edgy™ Orbits is a remarkable plant with double lace-cap blooms. The attractive sepals are hot pink blending to a glowing white edge. The flower color may vary depending upon soil pH and the availability of aluminum ions. Edgy™ Orbits grows best in well-drained soil that has been amended with peat moss, leaf mold or compost. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees & shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. Flower color is affected by pH. For blue flowers, the soil must be more acidic and for pink flowers, the soil must be more alkaline. Edgy as in pushing the envelope to be way out there, we are excited to bring you the most extensive line of Hydrangea with artistic bi-colored flowers. These beauties will stand out in the garden. Each selection is strong growing and holds its large blooms in elegant fashion. As a young plant it is best to prune or pinch your plant in order to build a full-bodied, well-branched plant. If the plant is leggy when you purchased it, shear the plant back hard by 1/3 to 1/2 its original size. Once it puts on an inch or two of growth, pinch the branch tips to remove just the growing tips, these tips control branching. Once growing tips are removed the buds below it will turn into stems. Once these new branches grow an inch or two, pinch the tips out again. You can repeat this throughout the first growing season as you are tending your garden. Although you will sacrifice blooms, this technique results in a well-branched, full-bodied plant that will have more flowers in subsequent years. During the second and subsequence seasons, prune or pinch as necessary after flowering and before buds set in mid-August. Do not be afraid to prune or shear your plant harder if you wish to maintain a shorter size. Introduction Year: 2009 Patent Strings: Edgy™ Orbits Hydrangea macrophylla 'Harbits' PP: 21186
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