LET’S DANCE® RAVE® Reblooming Bigleaf Hydrangea

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

Let’s Dance® Long blooming hydrangeas flower on both old and new wood, so they flower even after harsh winters or untimely pruning. If the early summer bloom is compromised by late freezes or a pruning mistake, the plants will flower again in late summer. Rave has abundant mophead blooms with intense colors. In acidic soils they are a rich violet color, while in basic soils they are a saturated pink. The unusual violet color is a distinctive choice for gardens.

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Light: For gardens at the cooler end of the hardiness range, it will thrive in areas with anywhere from four to six hours of sun and does benefit from shade. For gardens at the warmer end of the range, it benefits from placement in afternoon shade. It can experience some browning on the tops of the leaves called sunburn if it’s exposed to too much sun, this is a good hint that it needs transplanting to a shadier spot.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Soil pH and the presence of aluminum do affect flower color. In basic, also called alkaline, soils (pH of 7.5 or higher) the coloring will be pink. In acidic soils (pH of 6.5 or less), where the chemical element aluminum is present, the coloring will be blue or purple, depending on the plant.

Water: Has average water needs. It does not respond well to any period of extended sogginess, like overwatering or heavy continuous rain events.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is not generally recommended. Although its flower buds are formed on both old wood and new wood, any cuts will impact its flowering potential. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves. If you’d like to prune to shape the plant, this can be done when the plant is starting to break dormancy in early spring or late winter, just look for swelling green leaf buds. Deadheading can be done after bloom, just follow the stem down to the first set of leaves and cut ¼ of an inch above them.

Other: Although they make a beautiful cut flower, keep in mind that harvesting can impact the future flower display.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea macrophylla'SMNHMSIGMA' PP#26.929, CBR#5628

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Pink, Purple

Foliage Color

Green

Height

2-3'

Width/Spread

2-3'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Moist

Season of Interest

Early Summer through Fall

Uses

Borders, Rain Gardens

Features

Alkaline soil, Cut flower, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Salt tolerant

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