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Hortense Magic Candle

In the garden, my favorite is the hydrangea panicled Magic kendle. It gives the garden tenderness, aristocracy and elegance. I first saw her in a landscape design magazine and immediately fell in love. For a long time I was looking for where it can be purchased.

And at the next flower exhibition, I finally found it! Now this beauty is the main pride and decoration of the site. Contrary to expectations, in the care she was not capricious and not very demanding.

Hortensia is considered to be a spectacular garden plant. Its velvety abundant flowering emphasizes the beauty and sophistication of the garden. Among all the species can be distinguished variety Magical Candle. This translates as "magic candle", because the inflorescence of this hydrangea resembles the shape of a candle.

In the care of this variety is not particularly picky and suitable for growing in our latitudes. Winter and low temperatures magic kendl tolerates well. Prefers a small penumbra and sour soil with a sufficient level of moisture.

Such paniculate hydrangea is a shrub that grows up to 2 m in height. It has hard dark green leaves with jagged edges. Hydrangea has large paniculate inflorescences that look like a candle or a pyramid. They bloom with interesting color flowers.

When they bloom, they have a white-cream color. Over time, this shade becomes pink, and by autumn it becomes crimson. The length of these inflorescences can reach 30 cm.

Choosing planting material

To grow a strong and healthy plant, it is important to choose high-quality planting material. This is one of the pledges of growing lush beautiful shrubs.

It is best to buy seedlings and seeds only in specialized stores and nurseries. When buying, be sure to inspect the seedlings so that they do not have rot, disease, pests and dry shoots. Root system choose a closed.

Choosing a place

On the site for planting hydrangea should choose a sunny place. A small penumbra plant also fit. The soil should be fertile, neutral or with weak acidity. Potassium salt or peat can be added to oxidize alkaline soil.

For the prosperous development, it is not recommended to plant the hydrangea next to similar coot and trees, otherwise there may be a struggle between them for moisture and nutrients.

Landing rules

The landing can be carried out in 2 periods:

  1. In early spring, when sap flow in plants did not begin,
  2. In autumn, when all the leaves fall.

For landing it is worth carrying out the following steps:

  • Prepare a landing pit, which will be twice as large as an earthy sapling,
  • Between the bushes leave from 1.5 to 2 m,
  • Prepare a soil mixture of fertile land, sand and humus,
  • For drainage, pour a layer of broken brick into the landing pit and sprinkle it with prepared soil mixture,
  • Put the seedling together with the earthy ball into the pit,
  • Cover the remaining space with the prepared soil,
  • It is good to tamp the ground, especially near the trunk, so that there are no air "pockets",
  • Liberally pour.

Care rules

Hortense Magic Kendl is an unpretentious bush, but he also needs basic care. Thanks to a little effort, he will delight with his well-groomed and flourishing look.

Magical Candle - moisture-loving plant. The amount of watering and the amount of water should be adjusted depending on weather conditions. On average, watering during the season is 4-9 times at the rate of 3 or 4 buckets for each hydrangea.

The suitable time of day is morning or evening.

Tillage

After the irrigation procedure, it is recommended to loosen the soil and remove weeds. And to retain moisture and reduce weed growth, the soil can be mulched with sawdust or peat.

Like almost all plants, hydrangea loves extra food. To ensure its abundant and long flowering, hydrangea should be fed:

  • In early spring, apply organic fertilizer (bird droppings or mullein) - this is necessary for fertilizing with nitrogen,
  • In the summer, when inflorescences form and bloom, fertilizers with phosphorus and potassium are usually used,
  • For a comfortable wintering hydrangea need autumn dressing with mineral fertilizers.

To hydrangea crown was lush, important pruning procedure. Carry it out in early spring, until the process of sap flow has begun. Approximately 10 strong developed branches pruned to 5 buds. In subsequent years, to rejuvenate a mature plant, all its shoots are cut to 7 cm in height.

At the end of the season, when the Magic Kendl has faded, it is worth cutting off dry inflorescences. This is done before the onset of cold weather.

Preparing for the winter

Hortensia Magic Kendl is a very cold-resistant plant. It can tolerate frosts up to -25-29 o C. If in the growing region in winter the temperature does not fall below these temperatures, you can not cover the bush. But this applies only to adult specimens.

Young plants should be covered, regardless of the cold. To do this, use mulch or fir twig.

Diseases and pests

Aphids and powdery mildew are considered dangerous for hydrangeas.

  1. For the treatment and prevention of such a fungal disease, such as powdery mildew, fungicides are used. The number of treatments and the amount of the drug see in the instructions for use,
  2. To combat aphids use insecticides. They easily cope with colonies of pests, aphids and not only.

Reproduction by layering

This method is not complicated. Side shoots of hydrangea are added near the mother plant to a small groove. They are looked after, carrying out watering and top dressing. In winter, the layers together with the main plant are covered with spruce branches, and in spring they are separated and transplanted to grow to a place where there is no direct sun.

Cuttings

  • From the apical shoots to separate the cuttings 15-20 cm,
  • Process them with a growth stimulator,
  • Dive into well spilled soil for 2 buds,
  • While rooting is underway, the cuttings need to be watered and fed,
  • For the winter, cover with spruce leaves.

Application in landscape design

Hortensia paniculata Magic kendl widely used by designers in the arrangement of the garden landscape. Flower growers love it for its unpretentiousness, lush flowering and harmonious combination of colors. Because of this, such hydrangea is often planted in mixborders, hedges, as well as mono-plantations.

Variety Magic Candle is a great find for those who want with minimal effort to get a blooming garden with delicate flowers. This plant will give your garden romance and refinement.

Special Features Magical Candle

This type of paniculate hydrangea is perfectly adapted for growing in temperate climates. In height, the shrub grows to a half to two meters. Flowering begins in the first half of July and lasts about three months.
Pyramidal inflorescences are formed on the plant with a height of 30 cm. Pale green at the beginning, the petals change color first to white and then light pink. The color becomes more intense with the approach of autumn, when the brush gets a dark pink shade.

The minimum height is typical for shrubs that are regularly pruned. Individual adult specimens can reach three meters, while flowering remains abundant. Shrub, regardless of height, looks compact due to the fact that the stalks have a vertical orientation.
The grade belongs to frost-resistant. In regions where the temperature in winter does not fall below -29 degrees Celsius, it is not necessary to cover shrubs.

Landing Magic Candle

It has no distinctive features. The main thing is to follow the general recommendations. Nutrient soil and pits for seedlings prepared in advance. They should stand a little. After waiting for some time, carry out the landing of planting material.
The best time for the implementation of the event is the off-season. In the spring, transplantation of seedlings is carried out in a period when the buds have not yet begun to swell. Autumn shoots transplanted after the flowering stage.

Maintenance conditions and care for hydrangea Magical Candle

The plant feels best in a slightly acidic nutrient soil or with an acidic reaction. The variety does not take root on the sand and limestone areas. This variety is not suitable for growing in shady and too humid places.
When choosing a place for the magic kendl, preference should be given to the section with the western or eastern orientation of the lighting. Good light is required by the plant either in the first or in the afternoon. The midday rays of the sun are contraindicated to him.

Plant care is to conduct:

  • timely trimming,
  • regular watering
  • correct application of top dressing,
  • preparing for the winter.

Magic Candle is considered quite unpretentious. Creating conditions for him in which he is well acclimatized, develops and blooms does not seem difficult.

Watering mode

Panicle hydrangea refers to moisture-loving garden crops. The root system is fibrous. It can not provide the plant with sufficient moisture. So that the shrub does not sink away due to lack of water, the soil is regularly moistened.
The first watering is carried out immediately after planting, and then every three days during the entire active growth phase. Hot summer hydrangea watered every day. If the soil does not dry out, then reduce watering. To retain moisture in the ground, experienced gardeners recommend mulching the top layer.
Mulch is prepared from fallen leaves, sawdust softwood, chopped wood bark, pine needles, dry grass. The upper layer is pre-loosened to improve the access of oxygen to the roots.

Fertilization in the soil

Magic Candle is fed with organic matter or mineral fertilizers. Natural nutritional components are rotted manure, mullein, compost and similar feedings.
Complex mineral supplements vary at different stages of the growing season. With the opening of the first leaves and the beginning of sap flow, a nitrogen solution is introduced, and before the start of flowering, a potash-phosphorus complex intended for ornamental flowering crops.

The root system is sensitive to feeding. Fertilizers are recommended to be introduced no more than twice a month and only after watering. It is important to observe the concentration of nutrients, as too bulky brushes will have to be tied up or propped up so that they will not break the flower stalks.
The acidity of the soil changes under the influence of applied fertilization. If the acidity decreases, carry out abundant watering, loosening and mulching. Otherwise the conditions of detention will be unfavorable to the Magic Candle.

Trimming

The formation of the bush is an integral part of the care of hydrangea. The compact crown of this plant species is capable of thickening, which increases the risks of plant damage by pests.
Pruning is done until the kidneys swell. Clean weak and dry branches. Healthy ones are shortened by a third, making sure that there are at least five or six buds left on the shoots. The branches growing inside the crown itself are completely removed.
Thanks to the access of oxygen and sunlight, the above-ground part of the bush looks not only aesthetically pleasing, but also becomes resistant to infections and pests. All fading brushes are removed immediately during the summer season.
The sprigs left after cutting are excellent for breeding the Magic Candle. With three or four buds, they take root well, and begin to bloom in the second or third year.

How to prepare Magical Candle for wintering?

Shrubs stop fertilizing with the first night frosts or after flowering. It is necessary to gradually reduce watering. Otherwise, new shoots will start growing. It is recommended to remove two or three sheets. And if adult specimens tolerate low temperatures well, young saplings are less resistant.
Annuals and biennial bushes do not yet have a well-developed root system; therefore, it is the underground part that should be protected from frost. Pine needles, fallen leaf, sawdust or tree bark are poured around the plant to “warm up” the roots. Three-year and older plants do not need to hold such an event and are well tolerated in the winter because they are already building up a powerful underground part.

Description type magical candle

Magic Candle is a popular type of paniculate hydrangea, perfectly adapted for cultivation in temperate climates.

The main characteristics of the form:

  • The height of the shrub is 1.5-2 meters,
  • The height of the peduncle - 30 centimeters,
  • The shape of the brushes is pyramid,
  • Color of flowers - from white to pink,
  • The beginning of flowering is the first decade of July
  • Duration of flowering - two to three months.

Falling deciduous shrub reaches a height of one and a half to two meters with a regular formative pruning. Often there are copiously blossoming mature three-meter specimens.
Compact bush is formed due to the vertical orientation of peduncles. The flowering phase begins in July and continues until the end of September or the onset of the first night frosts. The plant forms dense pyramidal inflorescences up to 30 centimeters in height.

Possesses high frost resistance and does not need shelter. Perfectly tolerates a decrease in air temperature to -29 ° C.
The species has gained wide popularity due to its compactness, endurance, and abundant flowering. Landscape designers use the hydrangea magic kendl to compose ever-flowering gardens, hedges, and separately planted plants.

Planting and care

Planting and caring for hydrangea mejical is not much different from standard agricultural practices. This variety also prefers nutrient soils with a slightly acidic or acidic reaction.
It is important to remember that hydrangeas do not tolerate sandy or limestone patches.

Also, it is not suitable for growing hydrangea magic too wet and shady places. It should be preferred for planting seedlings with lighting east or west orientation, scattered shadows. The plant should be available for natural light in the first or in the afternoon and protected from the scorching rays of the midday sun.

In deep shadows, an ornamental shrub supports the growing season and does not bloom.
Landing is carried out according to the general recommendations. Landing pit and nutrient substrate harvested in advance. Optimum landing time refers to the off season. In the spring, hydrangeas are transplanted before the start of sap flow and kidney swelling. Autumn planting is carried out immediately after the completion of the flowering phase.
Care for the hydrangea magic candy is not difficult.

The basic rules of successful agricultural engineering include a number of mandatory conditions:

  • Timely trimming,
  • Regular watering,
  • Correct application of dressings,
  • Preparing for the winter season.
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Trimming the Paniculate Hydrangea Magic

Magic kendl refers to the densely leafy shrubs and needs timely formative pruning. The compact crown of ornamental flowering garden shrub is prone to thickening, which often creates fertile conditions for floral pests.

Radical pruning is carried out before the kidneys swell. To be completely removed damaged, dry, weak branches. The rest of the shoots are shortened by one third, leaving at least five to six developed buds.
It is important to remove all, without exception, the branches growing inside the crown of the bush.

Well-ventilated, aerial parts accessible to the sun's rays serve as a guarantee of the harmonious development of the plant and high resistance against garden pests and infections.
Candle brushes that have completed their flowering should be removed throughout the summer. It is noteworthy that dry inflorescences have high decorative qualities. Florists often use them in the preparation of bouquets of dried flowers.

Experienced gardeners use the remnants of twigs after pruning for breeding hydrangeas. Ligneous parts of the shoots containing at least three to four buds, very quickly rooted in water or sand and peat substrate. Flowering occurs in the second or third year.

Features

Hydrangea is very rarely affected by diseases or pests.

Banded hydrangea, large-leaved and groundcover mainly have a pinkish, cream color, which can be changed if desired. The color of the hydrangea is directly determined by the acidity of the soil. If the soil is weakly alkaline, then the bloom will be pink and crimson color, on acidic soils hydrangea blooms with blue and blue flowers.

Reproduction, planting and growing conditions

Hortensia is propagated in the following ways:

  1. grafting,
  2. dividing the bush
  3. seeds
  4. vaccinations.

Its seeds are extremely small, so they are sown in boxes or other containers prepared for these purposes. Summer, still green cuttings treated with heteroauxin are rooted much better than woody, similarly cut plant parts cut in April.

The best time to land off-season hydrangea paniculata is considered to be off-season: early spring, when the buds had not yet begun to bloom, and autumn — at the end of the flowering stage.

It is advisable to plant this plant on well-drained and moist soil consisting of a balanced mixture of humus, leaf soil, peat chips and river sand. Hortense, with all its unpretentiousness, does not tolerate soil from lime, chalk and wood ash.

If the area is alkaline soil, then it needs to be acidified to a pH level of 4.5-5 with the help of top peat or fertilizers intended for this purpose.

Hydrangea is a light-loving plant, preferring open places without direct sunlight and strong wind.away from the treesable to strongly absorb water.

For planting a beautiful shrub is recommended to equip a hole, the size of which should be twice the size of an earthen clod of hydrangea. After that, you need to carefully remove the seedling from the pot, straighten its roots, shake the excess soil from them and lower them into the prepared pit, filling them with soil mixed with compost. Having well tamped up the soil and covered it with bark or needles, the planted plant is plentifully watered.

When planting hydrangea paniculata, it is necessary to dig a trench 90-110 cm wide and keep a distance of 140-240 cm between the planted shrubs.

In order to achieve an earlier flowering of the plant, it is recommended when carrying out activities for planting it, to dig holes at a closer distance from each other (70-80 cm), which can be thinned out after a few years. It is important to remember that hydrangea has a shallow root system, what is an obstacle for landing its near trees and other shrubs with similar roots that can become competitors in the struggle of plants for moisture and nutrients.

Pancake hydrangea begins to bloom by the end of the first month of summer and pleases gardeners with its colors and aroma until October.

The flowers of the plant have a predominantly pinkish or cream shade that can be changed. It is believed that the color of hydrangea depends on the level of acidity of the soil. If soil with weak alkaline reaction, the bloom will be pink and crimson color, on acidic soils hydrangea blooms with blue and blue flowers.

Hortensia paniculata magic kendl: application in garden design

Possessing luxurious and lush inflorescences, the plant can be called one of the most popular garden crops used in gardening and landscape design. Hydrangea paniculata perfect for creating so-called mixborders - mixed compositions from shrubs or perennial herbaceous plants. The plant is also used as a living blooming hedge with a width of up to 1.5 m, with the help of which gardens are often divided into zones or decorated with the foreground plots.

Preparing for Wintering Hydrangea Magic Kendl

Hydrangeas should be prepared for the correct entry into the resting phase. Shrubs stop feeding with the onset of the first night frost or the completion of flowering. Watering is gradually reduced, so as not to provoke the growth of new young shoots.
Experienced gardeners remove two-thirds of green foliage to make the plant more efficiently prepared for wintering.

Breeders have adapted this variety of hydrangea paniculata for cultivation in temperate climates. Adult mature plants do not need winter warming, if winter frosts do not fall below -29 ° C.

Use cases

Magic Candle fits perfectly into garden design. Hortensia is placed both in single plantings and in group compositions, where varieties related to this culture or other perennials bloom appear. Luxurious beauty is used to form hedges, with its participation create mixborders. The main thing is that there is enough free space around the plant for its normal development.