Hydrangea was and remains one of the most popular crops, which is immensely loved by modern flower growers. The fact is that this flower is quite unpretentious, and at the same time, with its beautiful and incredibly decorative flowering, it can delight gardeners from spring time until late autumn, when the first frosts come. Today the gardener can choose any hydrangea of several dozen different types. Hydrangea Invizible - we will tell you about this variety in more detail in our article.
In fact, this variety was introduced quite recently, but has already become quite popular in our country due to some excellent properties. In this article, we will just tell you about its features and characteristics. And this information will be of interest to both novice gardeners and those gardeners who already have experience in growing hydrangeas, but they would like to find more and more new and interesting varieties that will decorate their backyard garden plot or decorated flower beds.
Hydrangea Invizible - plant description
Invisible tree hydrangea is a very pretty and attractive bush. It has a deciduous shape, while the crown is round, spreading. It becomes so as the bush gets older. The size of the bush may vary. The height can vary from 90 centimeters to one and a half meters. At the same time, the bush sometimes grows in width up to almost three meters. So here you should immediately pay attention to the caring procedures, first of all - to pruning the bush.
Flowering begins in June and can last until October, that is, before the onset of the very first and main frosts. Flowers can be colored in any shade from dark pink to bright pink. In this case, the inflorescences have an irregular spherical shape. Their diameter varies from twenty to thirty centimeters. But even such an irregular shape makes this bush even more attractive and decorative, so you need to pay special attention to this.
The leaves are quite large, can also be oblong, their color is green. When the autumn period comes, the leaves can turn yellowish from a bright juicy green hue. Their edges are serrated, which makes the plant even more decorative.
One way or another, it is worth emphasizing that tree-like types of hydrangeas did not enjoy some kind of wild popularity among gardeners, especially among those who already had experience in growing such hydrangeas. They are capricious and quite whimsical, if we talk directly about care measures. In addition, these hydrangeas are practically unstable, if we talk about frosts and sudden changes in temperature, they do not differ in color from their own maternal form.
But the appearance on the flower market of Invisible hydrangea has changed a lot. She has collected all the best and most positive characteristics. And besides, the inflorescences got rid of the boring and average color. It has become more unusual, non-standard, and therefore so attractive, if we are talking directly about the decorative purpose of this plant.
It is not uncommon for nursery workers to use the term Pink Annabelle to describe this hydrangea variety, but they make a very serious mistake. After the variety was bred, it became completely different from any other varieties.And, accordingly, a completely new variety has appeared under a completely different name - Invisible Spirit. Translated from English, this name can be designated as "invincible spirit". And, perhaps, in the process of characterizing and describing this variety, we will really see all the unique features of this hydrangea variety.
The flower of this variety was bred quite recently - in 2010, and the author is an American breeder who strove to create a special hydrangea variety that would not be like all other varieties. At the same time, the breeder wanted to add features and versatility to the external qualities of the hydrangea, so that the flower looked equally impressive both in single plantings and in group when creating flower beds and landscape designs.
Hydrangea Invisible spirit: characteristics
Hydrangea Invizible differs in that it perfectly tolerates frost, and can also easily overwinter right in the flower bed, without losing its features and features, a healthy appearance. If the bush nevertheless suffers from cold weather and sudden changes in temperature, then this will not at all affect the plant itself in a negative way.
Experienced gardeners talk about the opposite effect. Frosts can create more favorable conditions for inflorescences to appear in large and abundant quantities in the future, to be even brighter and stronger. Some gardeners emphasize that even in the case of absolutely complete freezing of hydrangea bushes and shoots, it is able to continue its flowering. And this, of course, is a huge plus for this culture.
The most important thing is that the root system carries out its full functioning and does not suffer as a result of such climatic and temperature changes. Otherwise, this culture is very stable and practically unshakable. The cultivar was awarded the highest level of frost resistance by American standards. Hydrangea Invisible can easily withstand temperatures as low as -37 degrees.
The average width of the bush is about one and a half meters, but its height is just over one meter. The shoots are very strong. Sometimes, under the weight of the inflorescences, they can bend, and if the gardener notices this, then he can independently make support for the shoots. It will definitely not be superfluous in this case.
The flowering period begins around mid-June, and sometimes at the very beginning of July. It all depends on the weather and climatic conditions in which the hydrangea is located. It is also worth noting that the end of flowering may vary. Usually this is either September or the very beginning of October. It all depends on the weather conditions in the region and on how the very first frosts come.
A feature of this hydrangea variety is that the inflorescences can change their color as they bloom. So, flowers that have just started on a bush have a dark pink color. Over time, it changes to a bright pink color, which may seem completely poisonous to many gardeners.
If the gardener takes care of the bush correctly, cuts it off in a timely manner and correctly, then the inflorescences can reach thirty centimeters, but their number can be noticeably reduced. But if you do not cut the bush, then the length of the inflorescences will be consistently 18-20 centimeters, no more. The inflorescences will consist of sterile flowers, their diameter is about two centimeters.
In general, the Invisible tree hydrangea looks very decorative and attractive. But in order to achieve such a result, you should pay special attention to the reproduction of bushes, to the subtleties of planting and caring for them.
Agrotechnology is the most important part in caring for any crop, especially flower crops. Indeed, the appearance of the hydrangea and its decorative properties largely depend on care.
Hydrangea tree Invisible. Breeding varieties and planting, care
In order to propagate the tree hydrangea of the invisible variety, you can use not one, but three possible methods at once: this is the division of bushes, cuttings or the seed method. Absolutely any method can choose a gardener, it all depends on his goals. And also on what kind of result he aspires to in order to achieve these goals.
In order to propagate hydrangea using division, the bush must initially be very carefully dug out of the ground, and then carefully divided into two or three parts. Moreover, each part should have at least three dense and viable buds.
In order to plant a hydrangea of the Invisible variety, a rather loose soil is required, which will be moderately moist at the same time. And the soil itself must be either very fertile or of medium fertility. In this case, acidic or alkaline soils are not suitable, the acid balance can vary from 4.5 to 7.
If this indicator is higher, then before planting, it is worth working hard on the condition of the soil so that the Invisible hydrangea feels comfortable in the soil and gives excellent results in flowering.
The next way is to breed hydrangeas. cuttings... To do this, in the middle of the summer period, the gardener carefully cuts out one-year young shoots that grow on the sides, and not from the middle. In order for rooting to go faster and more efficiently, it is recommended to treat the cuttings with root root or other growth stimulants before planting.
Then the cutting is sent to an environment of high humidity. Basically, for this, experienced gardeners mix coarse sand with sour peat, and can also add sphagnum moss there. But this is even if the gardener himself has this component. In principle, some gardeners skip this step, considering it completely insignificant. The cuttings are planted at a distance of about five centimeters from each other. For rooting, it is best to place the cuttings at a slight incline.
Seminal method is also one of the common methods of propagation of Invisible hydrangeas, and indeed of many other varietal hydrangeas. To do this, the gardener takes care of preparing a place for planting seeds in advance. He cleans the area of weeds, digs it up, levels it with a rake or manually.
Also, the site must be fed using both organic matter and minerals, they will be equally useful. Seeds can be scattered randomly over the area, while the gardener can also slightly press them into the soil. In this case, the seeds should not be buried, otherwise the likelihood that they will sprout over time will decrease.
Planting Invisible tree hydrangea
It is recommended to plant flowers of this variety in early spring. The area should be shaded, as hydrangea does not tolerate direct sunlight and drought very well. In order for the landing to be carried out correctly and correctly, it is necessary to follow several rules and immediately follow some points of the instructions:
- the hole for planting should be 50x50 centimeters in size (it all depends on the volume of the root system itself, which the seedling we have has). Sometimes the holes must be larger in size so that the hydrangea in it feels as comfortable and at ease as possible, and at the same time the root system could develop well there.
- if the gardener is aware that the soil in his area is rather poor and depleted, then a hole should be made for planting wider, and then filled with soil, which will be more equipped in organic and mineral composition.
- a bush, which has already formed a root system, is sent to the hole, and the root system must be perfectly straightened so that the roots do not clump together and do not cross, get tangled with each other.
- the root collar should not be too deep - the maximum depression is three centimeters, no more.
- further, all this should be filled with fertile soil, which is saturated with nutritious organic and mineral components, since without them the plant may not feel comfortable, it may also be subject to various diseases at the earliest stages of its development.
- then the seedling is watered very abundantly. For this, settled water is used, which has room temperature. Do not use cold water for watering a young bush, as this may cause some harm to the plant.
- mulching is done. For this, a peat layer is taken, its thickness is no more than seven centimeters, but no more than five centimeters. Peat perfectly retains heat in the soil, does not allow moisture to evaporate too quickly. In addition, mulch has another positive effect - it perfectly protects the plant from attacks from pests and bacteria, which also plays a very significant role, and which you also need to pay attention to before considering whether there is any point in to do mulching.
Even despite the fact that hydrangea is considered a relatively unpretentious and not capricious flower and that it is very winter-hardy, the plant still needs to follow some care and agrotechnical rules in order to get a really spectacular and decorative flower.
It is important to remember that the Invisible hydrangea is not very adaptable in the case of excessively frequent transplants. And also it does not react very well to the sun's rays, which fall on the hydrangea directly. The flowers are very delicate, they can simply fade in the sun. So you should be more careful about the selection of the place where the flower will be planted.
What care does Invisible hydrangea require?
To feed culture, you can use specially purchased dressings, which are a specialized and balanced complex of minerals, vitamins and trace elements. They are just designed to feed tree-like shrubs. So for a hydrangea, they are just perfect, bringing her a huge amount of benefits and making the flower even stronger and more attractive.
For hydrangeas in particular, fertilizers such as blank leaves, buoyant fertilizers, alliance and agros, pocon or flower paradise may be suitable. The choice of a gardener here will depend solely on his own capabilities, as well as on which of these fertilizers are available for purchase.
These dressings contain all the most essential minerals and micronutrients, macrocomponents that are necessary for the plant, for its development, so that the plant retains its decorative features for a long time, and not one season. Also, some gardeners can prepare fertilizers on their own. To do this, they should take some very important components, including:
- bird droppings,
- potassium nitrate.
All these components are mixed with each other depending on how old the plant will be fed, as well as depending on the total number of flower plantings.
The very first feeding falls around the very end of May, and the next feeding can be done in 10-14 days. At the same time, feeding is completed no later than mid-July. Further, too many extra shoots may grow, due to which the inflorescences, on the contrary, will become even weaker. Since all the forces will be spent on growing more and more new shoots.
In addition, these shoots will not have enough time to get strong enough before the very first frosts come. As a result, they will simply die, and the gardener himself will be disappointed in the chosen hydrangea, since he will not achieve the desired result in planting.
Watering is the second condition that must be observed in order for the hydrangea to take root well on the site and become its real decoration. In particularly dry weather conditions, Invisible Spirit hydrangea requires very abundant moisture, and it is recommended to water it as often as possible.
Throughout the season, it is worthwhile to carry out at least five abundant soil moistening so that the decorative properties of the hydrangea show themselves to the fullest, fully. It is also worth noting that settled water, which should be at room temperature, is ideal for irrigation.
If you use ordinary running water, then it may not be perceived by the hydrangea at all, and the root system of the plant can experience a real shock if you suddenly pour it with just such water.
The use of rain or melt water is encouraged, as these are really great ways to moisturize the plant and make it stronger.
In order for the branches to be even more durable and viable, it is recommended to water with the addition of potassium permanganate. The solution should be of low concentration, and potassium permanganate is used exclusively for prophylactic purposes. Thanks to this, you can additionally nourish the branches. And the plant will look healthier, adapt faster to new conditions, with temperature changes, the hydrangea will feel comfortable, safe, which, of course, is also very important.
When it comes to pruning, a hydrangea variety called Invisible Spirit responds well to pruning when pruned in early spring. It is optimal to plan it in the period from March to April. For this, all frozen branches, branches that have already dried up or have been damaged are completely removed.
If we talk about pruning all other branches, then they should be shortened by about three quarters of the entire length. Each shortened shoot should have at least three buds. This pruning will be the most comfortable and optimal for this hydrangea variety. But right there it is worth following all the conditions and rules, especially if a gardener who has not yet had such experience plans to carry out pruning.
Preparing for winter
Hydrangea Invisible can perfectly tolerate severe frosts, and at the same time, in general, it does not even need to be covered for the winter. But the exception is the northern regions, where the weather is not stable anyway. So, nevertheless, it is necessary to additionally shelter the hydrangea in these areas so that it will perfectly survive such a formidable period.
Before the autumn frosts come, the gardener recommends removing all the inflorescences. And also mulch the trunk circle and water it abundantly in order to create the most comfortable environment for the plant in order to be ready for frost and severe winter.
Hydrangea Invisible: susceptibility to diseases and pests
The hydrangea variety we are considering in this article is not susceptible to common diseases. Also, in general, the variety is perfectly protected from attacks from various pests that do not mind settling on hydrangeas and eating parts of it.
At the same time, there is one caveat: a variety with constant moisture can be subject to such a disease as powdery mildew... In order to fight this disease, it is necessary to carry out processing of the plant. You can use drugs such as Topaz and Fundazim, Bayleton or Skor.Perfect for processing hydrangeas of the Invisible Spirit variety, such a drug as Quadris.
In general, if you follow all the conditions that are indicated in the instructions for use, then you can really get rid of powdery mildew very quickly. And if you carry out preventive treatments, then you can generally protect the hydrangea from any other viral or fungal diseases.
Sometimes hydrangeas can settle on the leaves spider mites, and in order to get rid of them, you can use drugs such as Fufan and Tiofos. Again, be sure to carefully read the instructions for use. And in the future, also observe precautions, since some preparations may contain substances that will be quite dangerous for the life and health of the gardener himself.
Green aphid - another pest that can take a liking to the hydrangea and cause some harm to it. In order to get rid of it, as well as as a preventive measure, you can water the place where this aphid is divorced with a powerful pressure of water. But the most important thing is not to get too carried away with watering and not overdo it with it. Since you can cause very strong harm to the plant itself, and this harm can sometimes be completely irreparable. So in everything it is worth knowing and feeling the measure.
An overabundance of alkali in the ground has a very detrimental effect on the hydrangea. The leaves become not so bright, gradually lose their juicy color. The flower also gradually becomes weaker, and as a result, it may die altogether if the gardener does not take any measures in time.
In this case, it is recommended to transplant it into soil that will be more suitable in composition than the environment in which this hydrangea bush was previously located. When watering, soft water can also be equipped with a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar, but the main thing is not to overdo it, otherwise you can cause severe damage to the plant.
Experienced gardeners also recommend purchasing special preparations and products that are necessary for their intended purpose in order to fight diseases, and they are really ideal. In general, if you follow all the care measures, then the plant can really perfectly adapt to any conditions and will be less likely to be exposed to dangerous diseases or attacks from pests.
The Invisible Spirit hydrangea variety is an excellent option for both single planting and group planting. The flower fits perfectly into the design of the flower bed. And also great for decorating some landscapes and compositions.
However, it is also a great solution for those gardeners and designers who would like to create an unedged hedge that will look very impressive. But at the same time, she will show a minimum of whims and whims, if we talk directly about care measures.
The best neighbors in a flowerbed with Invisible Spirit hydrangea will be such plants as rose and clematis, as well as daylilies. It also looks great and harmoniously surrounded by white-flowered species of hydrangea, belonging to the tree type. So you can also pay attention to this condition in order to create the most effective compositions.
In general, this hydrangea variety has a huge number of advantages:
- she does not require special care for herself,
- perfectly withstands sudden changes in temperature and frost,
- represents excellent and unique inflorescences in color.
The variety has managed to prove itself, so there is no point in ignoring it. You should pay special attention to this plant, use it for single plantings in your personal plot and to create unique and spectacular flower arrangements.