Hydrangea, Summer Crush
Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' USPP 28,317, CPBR 5,623
A Ruby-red smooth hydrangea!
The dark burgundy red flower buds of Invincibelle Ruby open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in any garden. It is a strong rebloomer that will be an excellent addition to any garden. Like other smooth hydrangeas, it flowers on new growth and so blooms every year without fail.
For the biggest, most abundant blooms and strongest stems, plant where it gets at least six hours of sun each day. A good layer of shredded bark mulch helps minimize water loss.
As for pruning, cut the entire plant back by about one-third its total height each spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on stems. This serves to build up a strong, supportive, woody base while also encouraging abundant new growth for plenty of flowers.
If you wish to fertilize, an application of a balanced fertilizer in early spring, once the soil has thawed, is sufficient.