I’m Gorgeous, but What Am I?

Got this for my birthday, but there was no card. It’s gorgeous but how do I care for it? Alice

Hi Alice,


Your plant is a bulb plant called a Hydrangea. Here are a few care tips for this bulb plant.

Light: 4-5 hours of bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.

Water: Keep soil moist but not soggy. Hydrangea Plants use a great deal of water.

Temperature: Hydrangeas bloom longer in cooler temperatures 45-65°F/7-18°C

Pruning: Cutting off a few of the older stems to keep the plant looking full. Once the flowers fade, it’s time to prune the plant.

Rest Period:  Re-pot an indoor Hydrangea Plant after it has finished blooming. Cut back all remaining stems about 50%. Place a Hydrangea Plant in a cool location during the winter then move it to a warmer spot in late winter.

If you want to propagate new Hydrangea Plants, in the early Spring, root 4 inch (10 cm) stem tip cuttings  in moist potting soil.