Hydrangea Little Quick Fire® Description
Little Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) is a dwarf version of Quick Fire®, the earliest blooming panicle hydrangea. Planting this super easy care flowering shrub extends the flowering season by several weeks – it’s always in bloom by 4th of July for us here in Michigan! Creamy-white lacecap blooms cover the plant in early summer; they turn a deep red in later summer for an extremely long-lasting and colorful display. Little Quick Fire® hydrangea has distinctively handsome foliage and excellent fall color, two additional features that set it apart from other varieties. It has so many great qualities, it truly merits a spot in your garden.
Special features: Long blooming, Cold tolerant, Perfect for beginners, Cut flower, Attracts pollinators
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- Botanical name: Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPLQF'
- Common name:
Panicle hydrangea, Peegee hydrangea, Hardy hydrangea
- Sun exposure:
Sun in cool areas; part shade in warm climates.
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
Any well-drained soil. Not fussy about pH.
- Soil moisture:
Average. Do not overwater.
- Height x width:
3-5' tall and wide
- Flower color:
White, turning red in autumn
- Foliage color:
- Season of interest:
Flower gardens, Landscaping, Specimen, Flowering hedge
- Patent:USPP 25,136
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Soil: Panicle hydrangeas require well-drained soil. Though they are the most sun and drought tolerant of all hydrangeas, for best performance, don't let them dry out excessively. A good layer of mulch is very helpful for minimizing drought stress and conserving moisture.
Light: plants can take full sun (6+ hrs/day) in cooler areas, but afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. If your plant frequently wilts in the afternoon even though it was recently watered, or your flowers turn brown quickly, that may indicate the spot is too sunny for it.
Water: Average. Panicle hydrangeas do not tolerate overwatering or poor drainage.
Space: Min. 5' apart
Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer.
Winterizing: Panicle hydrangeas are very hardy and easily withstand harsh winters, so need no special care. A good 2-3" layer of mulch helps protect the shallow roots. We recommend pruning in late winter/early spring (see below for more info) but plants can be pruned in late autumn, after they've gone completely dormant, if desired.
Maintenance: Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood – that means they create their flower buds after leafing out in spring, so they can be pruned and will still bloom that season. While pruning is not strictly necessary, it does neaten the plant's appearance and can help develop strongest stems. Simply cut the main stems of the plant back by about one-third its total height in late winter or early spring, removing any thin or spindly or wayward branches as necessary.
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