How to Care for Lacecap Hydrangea


When you hear the word hydrangea you will most likely picture the big, round flowers for which the plant is famous. Another variety of hydrangea, hydrangea macrophylla, or lacecap, is just as pretty but a bit more delicate-looking, with flat clusters of small flowers. The lacecap hydrangea shrub will grow 3 to 6 feet and bloom in late spring to early fall depending upon location. It's hardy to USDA zones 6a to 9b.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost or other soil amendment material
  • Water
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Plant the lacecap hydrangea where it will get the appropriate amount of sun. This will depend on the climate in your area--the hotter the weather, the more shade the plant will require in the afternoon. If you live in the north you can get away with planting the lacecap hydrangea where it will receive a full day of sun. In the south, make sure the plant gets afternoon shade.

  • Amend the soil if the lacecap is planted in heavy soil. This plant requires soil with excellent drainage. Adding compost or other organic materials will help.

  • Water the lacecap hydrangea often enough to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Never let the soil dry out.

  • Fertilize in the early spring with a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10.

  • Remove dead stems and flowers. This can be done at any time during the season. Pruning a lacecap hydrangea isn’t generally required.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you cut the flowers for arrangements, cut above the first set of large leaves so that you don’t disturb the buds for next season’s growth.

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