How To Change The Color Of Hydrangea Flowers
I love color and I love it because I know what it is to live without it for months on end as all Nebraskans know. So during those few months where color grows straight out of your garden, why not have some power in deciding exactly which color will shine in the summer sun.
To achieve the color palette of your dreams, you’ll need a garden filled with hydrangea macrophylla also known as mopheads and lacecaps or just commonly known as Hydrangeas. These hydrangeas can be altered to your specifications by simply changing the pH levels of your soil, and before you go to clench your pocketbook, changing the pH levels of your soil does not require a chemistry degree. All that you’ll need is lime or sulfur from your neighborhood garden store where you will also want to purchase a soil testing kit to see exactly where your garden’s pH balance falls. Alternatively for ease you can get all items here:
Your soil test kit will come with an assortment of vials and tablets designed to test your soil. While you can test your pH balance any time, specialists recommend fall or early spring as it allows you time to make necessary adjustments for your desired color.
If you are within the six to seven range, your hydrangeas will vary from purple to a bluish pink. Below six means that your soil is acidic which will result in a blue or lavender blue tint. Above seven will yield red and pink hydrangeas due to your soil being more alkaline than acidic.
See how to change the colors on the next page.