Start hydrangea season sooner with this early bloomer! Quick Fire Fab® panicle hydrangea’s massive football-shaped (and sized) blooms cover the entire plant from top to bottom before other hydrangeas’ buds have even begun to swell! Each flower opens a cheery lime color and turns to watermelon from the bottom upward, slowly becoming two-toned. Altogether the show is so fabulous it’s hard to look away. It fits nicely into a low-maintenance garden, as a specimen in your front yard, as foundation plants among favored perennials in a mixed bed, or wherever you need an easy-care colorful shrub.
Why grow Quick Fire Fab® panicle hydrangea?
Light: The most sun-tolerant type of hydrangea! It will thrive in full sun to Part Sun. In warmer zones, it could benefit from placement in afternoon shade.
Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH does not affect flower color, it matures to deep pink in the fall. If browning occurs instead of aging to pink, this is an indication the nights are too warm or that it is getting inconsistent water.
Water: Average water needs.
Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.
Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. Remove weak branches in the middle and about 1/3 of the height and width. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!
Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2?. This will help it absorb more water.
Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPM' PP#32,513, CBRAF
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Green, Pink, White
Full Sun, Part Sun
|Season of Interest
Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Foundations, Hedges, Mass Planting, Screening, Specimen
Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Cut flower, Fall interest, Salt tolerant