TINY QUICK FIRE® Panicle Hydrangea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 1.5-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

There’s always that one garden spot we treasure, but nothing seems to do it justice. Until now! Tiny Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea is the plant for the job. It’s the smallest, most prolifically blooming hydrangea imaginable. Easily tucked into just about any spot, you’ll find it looks lovely in groups, in pots, and even as a tiny little edging hedge. Like the other members of the Quick Fire family, it blooms early. Its foliage is practically obscured by brilliant white blooms in early July, and by September, they’ve matured to rich dark pink. This tidy hydrangea is so easy to care for that it will soon become your go-to plant. Just plan to water it regularly while it’s getting established its first year, water during droughts after it’s established, and prune its old flowers off in the spring. And voila, you’ll have a trusty flowering plant ready to impress any visitor from summer into fall.

Why grow Tiny Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea?

  • Extremely small habit means infinite uses in the garden
  • Early blooms extend hydrangea season
  • Flowers on new wood = reliable performance

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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.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPSB' PP#34,468; CBRAF

Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Green, Pink, White

Foliage Color

Green

Height

1.5-3'

Width/Spread

2-3'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Early Summer, Summer

Uses

Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Screening, Specimen

Blooms on

New wood

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