Hydrangea “Limelaight” – a beautiful shrub, capable of becoming a genuine decoration of any garden. It is distinguished by sophistication and external appeal, unpretentiousness and need for abundant irrigation. Description of the hydrangea hydrangea Limelight allows you to appreciate all its advantages. The shrub is required to fit the right landing and care in the open soil, then he will delight the owners of the site with his bloom for a long time – from July to October. Despite the fact that the grade is well known and repeatedly received prizes at the exhibitions of flower goods, a lot of questions arises from beginner gardeners. What is the height of the plant on the strain? Is it suitable for growing in the conditions of the middle strip of Russia? To understand how the use in landscape design will be correct, it is worth studying all the subtleties of growing gorgeous hydrangea of Limelight as much as possible.
Created by Dutch breeders Hortensia “Limelaight” – this is a blurred variety of shrubs growing up to 2.5 m in height. Lush inflorescences appear on rigid stems in July, fully covering the surface of foliage. The description of the variety always reminds that Hydrangea Paniculata originally refers to plants characteristic of the nature of Japan. In Europe, the hydrangea fell only in the XIX century and immediately impressed the local gardeners.
Limelight variety was created in the Netherlands in the XX century and today is grown as in the form of a shrub, So in the form of a compact trees for breeding in containers. The height on the strain is about 55 cm, while the plant does not lose its decorativeness. The formation of the trunk is about 3 years – most often this option can be found in nurseries.
On the strain of this grade looks incredibly effectively and is considered almost exotic.
The dimensions of the adult hydrangea Limelight in the shape of a shrub reach 180-240 cm in height and up to 180 cm in diameter. Crown has a spherical shape, thick, dense. Annual increase is 25-30 cm, shoots up, have a brown shade, the leaves are slightly pubescent. The plant has the roots of the surface type, prone to grow beyond the crown. The leaves first green, the brighter color is acquired by the autumn, and then become yellow.
Flowers Hortensia Grade “Limelate” since July, at first her inflorescences in the form of lush blinks have a gentle green shade, similar to juicy lime. Lush wide-grained clusters have a delicate fragrance, are located tight, close to each other. In the shadow they remain green until October. In the sun turn on white, and then acquire a pink shade. But breeders are recommended to initially diaten the plant to provide him with the most correct development.
The cultivation of hydrangea “Limelaight” does not require greater experience from gardener. The variety is relatively unpretentious, withstands landing and in the sun, and in the shade, but needs careful care of roots. In addition, the rustic shrub does not need a garter and support of the branches, it keeps the form of the crown well and does not break under the severity of inflorescence as other types of hydrangea.
Limelight Miscellable Hydrangea Grade is not too sensitive to the amount of light and can grow successfully in the shade. But for the full disclosure of his decorative properties, it is still recommended to use littered places for landing. In this case, hydrangea will give abundant bloom and will be decorated with lush belts all over the warm season. But it is important to protect plants from drafts, strong wind, which can damage shoots.
Temperature and humidity
The hydrangea grade “Limelaight” is considered frost-resistant, but it does not tolerate a decrease in temperature to -29 degrees and below. If in winter the temperature turns out to be colder, it is recommended to grow in a greenhouse. This shrub refers to deciduous species, after dropping foliage it recommended shelter. He is poorly tolerated and severe heat, drought – at such periods you need to especially carefully treat the state of the soil in the root region.
Humidity – this is what is truly important for this hydrangea. The grade is moisthable and needs frequent abundant irrigation, but it is contraindicated places with a high level of groundwater. This can lead to reinclocking and death roots. If hydrangea is planted on a lit place, the land will have to protect against drying.
For this, the rolled circle shade with other landings or mulched with a thick layer of herbs, peat.
Type of soil is also of great importance. Limelight grade grows well on soils with weak or high acidity. Neutral soils for its cultivation are not suitable, in the preparation of the place, you can improve the composition, making a significant part of the peat. It will increase the acidity and create conditions for normal extension of shrub. Alkaline soils are absolutely not suited to this plant – hydrangea will fast on them. The optimal soil mixture for the landing of this variety will consist of 2 parts by humus, the same amount of leaf land and 1 part of peat and sand. Cannot be allowed to lime the soil.
How to plant?
As a rule, Hydrangea Miscellaneous “Limelaight” is used in single landings – the bush is inclined to grow widely, in groups are located at least 1 m from each other (by the borders of the pit). It is important to withstand the right location in the garden and with respect to other objects. When landing into open ground to create a living hedge, you should withstand the distance from the bush to a fence of at least 1.5 m, otherwise it will be difficult to pruning and forming. Before getting a Limelight Hydrangea on the plot, you will have to spend some time on the preparatory work. Follow these points.
- Choice of Time. The optimal will be the period from April 20 to May 10 – this is a deadline for the middle strip of Russia. In the southern regions, the autumn landing is allowed. In pots, vases and containers from the shelter of the bushes and stramborms are carried to a plot in mid-May.
- Choosing a place. Since the transplantation variety with a surface root system is not recommended, it is worth considering the possibilities for the most careful selection of the territory where shrub will be able to grow for many years. Hydrangea “Limelaight” is better to take a well-lit place with a little shading during the daytime. Foundation under large trees is contraindicated – they will prevent the normal development of a young shrub.
- Seat selection. In order for the Limelight Hydrangea, he felt well on the site, it is worth purchasing a seedling in proven centers or nurseries, in pots. The trunk of a young shrub should not have traces of damage, a good sign are swollen kidneys, crumpled leaves. The selected seedling in front of the landing is worth briefly put in the water right in the container – so the earth will be easier to remove from the tank.
The process of placing the plant in the open soil does not take much time.
Since the land of the container seedling is not too big, and the roots are developing superficially, it will be enough to prepare a hole with a depth of 35 cm and a diameter of 50 cm. The lower part of the well is necessarily covered with a layer of drainage so that the water is not stuffed. The prepared soil is stacked on top, a seedling with neatly straightened roots, the neck will not plunge, leave at the blood layer level.
Next, the top will be covered earlier than the soil, its easy seal is made, mandatory watering with warm water. At alkaline soils, there is a post-climbing mulch. It is performed by entering a peat circle, it is replaced by a cheese or sawdust on acidic soils.
How to care for?
After the climbing caring for Hydrangees, Limelaight variety is quite simple – it is not difficult to grow a bush if you need to ensure that the conditions for it are as favorable. It is worth carefully monitoring the humidity of the soil and bring water when signs of drying. In addition, periodically produced loosening of the roar zone after watering, the mulch is replaced. In the evening, in the summer, it is recommended that the crown sprinkle is recommended – in addition to the saturation of moisture, it will also serve as the prevention of insect pests.
Limelight grade speaks well to feeding. It is carried out 3 times for the season using complex drugs. Suitable Mixtures Valgaro, Green World and other manufacturers. Natural fertilizer plant is better not to overpay. The hydrangea bloom occurs only on new, young shoots of the current year. Accordingly, it is worth taking care of creating conditions for their formation. This process is very promoted by the correct trimming. In the fall, only the removal of flashing shoots is performed. Spring bush is cut into 2/3 volumes, stimulating the lush and abundant bloom, as well as creating the right form.
After dumping foliage in October, the shrub is abundantly watered, preparing for winter. Broken and damaged branches are removed. A thick peat pillow is introduced into the rolling circle, at first frosts are performed.
For the middle strip for the winter, it is enough to provide hydrangea “Limelaight” Basp or Spunbond-based shelter.
Methods of breeding
The main method of reproduction of the hybrid hydrangea grade “Limelaight” – shifting. This choice is primarily connected with the fact that when collecting and landing seeds it is difficult to obtain a material similar to the parent plant. Most often, the received shoots in their characteristics are inferior to him. The harassment ensures that the young piglery will demonstrate the lush blurred inflorescences.
The procedure is carried out in the spring time, during the trimming process, weed shoots are selected, but you can perform work and in summer – then young and green branches will go into. The optimal selections for the seating are sections with 2 formed nodes. The cut is created under the kidney, the painter, on top of it is permissible direct compartment, several centimeters above the young forming process.
For rooting cut cuttings, a special substrate is preparing – It should consist of mixed in equal proportions of peat and sand. Saplings are treated with a stimulant that accelerates the formation of the roots is placed in the prepared medium, it is plentyful, covered with a mini-greenhouse. Lower kidney landing should dive into the ground. Next, watering is carried out as needed warm water. Rooting takes about 40 days, the first bloom can be waiting after 2-3 years.
Seed reproduction of the variety is made according to the following scheme.
- In the spring or autumn period, a plot of open soil with a light structure is prepared. It is well loose, drove to a depth of up to 25 cm.
- For spring sowing requires preliminary stratification of seeds at a temperature of +3 degrees for 30 days. Autumn you can sow immediately.
- Seeds are located with lines, with a distance between them at least 10 cm, without blowing into the soil. If the soil is dry, spraying from the sprayer. Mulching is not required, in a spring time you can use the shading of burlap – it is removed only in August and carry out the soil in peat.
Plants 2 years are seated with squares with a distance of 10 cm, to achieve a 40 cm seedlings to reach a permanent place on the site.
Diseases and pests
With greenhouse cultivation in the cold climate, Limelight Hydrangea has to be defended mainly from insect pests – Tly and ticks. Sustaining a shrub from them with regular use of pesticides. In the open ground, a serious danger is muzzly. They attack young shoots, jumping on them. Before holding the landing, especially in the fall and early spring, the site is carefully cleaned, eliminating the shelters in the form of palace of foliage, where they can hide slugs. In addition, the Limelaight Hydrangees variety may have the following problems.
- Yellowing foliage. Most often this is a sign of chlorosis – the disease is treated by the introduction of iron drugs. They are performed feeding for more lush flowering.
- Fungal diseases are infrequently affected by the plant. But he will not prevent prophylactic protection with spraying by the Bordeaux fluid 2 times a year – in the spring and autumn period.
- Holding roots. It is most often associated with fungal microorganisms, they can be destroyed by roasting irrigation with a solution of “Phytosporin”.
It is necessary to follow and for the appearance of snails in the garden. They are collected manually to not give pests to hit young shoots. It is the snails that are able to worsen the decorativeness of the bush and slow down its growth.
Usage in landscape design
Limelight Hydrangea is very popular in the field of landscape design. It is used to design an entrance group or entrance to paired landings. On the lawn bush can grow as a solitator. Magnificent crown, well suicited by trimming, is suitable for creating live elevations inside the plot or along the fence. If you plan to form a mixboarder, and here it will be quite good.
Since the hydrangea holing is not bad with conifers, you can make such a neighborhood of the highlight of the site, creating mixed landings. But the strambered version of the Limelaight variety is especially highly appreciated. It is applied by designers in Japanese gardens, it looks good in the tubs as decoration of balconies and terraces. Such landings can be decorated and French Park.
Along the long fence, squandered hydrangeas are planted together with Lianami – the sweet species of the same plants, princes, girl grapes. In groups, they look good in the parisades, patio, around the veranda and arbors. Hydrangea is well suited as background for low-rise landings.
In flower beds, they are often combined with bulbous plants with early blossoms.
Additionally about the hydrangea of the Miscellaneous “Limelaight” see the following video.