(Big Leaf Hydrangea) Let's Dance™ Starlight is the first ever-new wood blooming lace-cap. It's hardy, dependable and colorful. The massive blooms of Let's Dance™ Starlight are vivid pink (or blue) with strong stems. Great landscape shrub that adds a dash of bright color. Good in groupings or masses, in perennial or shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Use Starlight in containers, and for cut flowers. Prefers high moisture, moisture is a necessity for this plant. The best time to prune is after it blooms, up until mid-August. Flower color is affected by soil pH. For blue flowers, the soil must be more acidic and for pink flowers, the soil must be more alkaline. The Let's Dance™ Hydrangea series represents the next generation of re-blooming Hydrangeas. Don't settle for dull drab Hydrangea flowers - this series kicks up the quality with vivid flower coloration and attractive, glossy foliage. Every year the Let's Dance™ series blooms on both new wood and old, delivering seasons of flowers and lots of wow. They'll make you want to dance! 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: 2008 Patent Strings: Let's Dance® Starlight Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lynn' PP: 20019 Can. PBRAF
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