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Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky' Plant Care Reminders

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  • Instruction By Proven Winners
    Notes PINKY WINKY has an unusual name, and an even more unusual flower. The large white panicles open in mid to late summer; and as summer turns to fall, the florets at the base of the panicles turn pink. All the while, the flower panicles continue to grow, producing new white florets at the tip. The result is spectacular two-toned flowers that can reach up to 16 inches in length! This show-stopper is also very easy to grow - it blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning! It is adaptable to most soils and because you can plant this beauty in either sun or shade, PINKY WINKY will thrive in just about any garden!
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    Web Link http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/hydrangea/pinky-winky-hardy-hydrangea-hydrangea-paniculata

Plant Care Instruction

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    January
    1. Prune

    If you are experiencing a mild winter, take advantage of the weather and prune your shrubs now. PINKY WINKY is a species of Hydrangea that blooms on new wood. Therefore, it can be pruned in winter. It can also be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree.
    February
    1. Prune

    If you are experiencing a mild winter, take advantage of the weather and prune your shrubs now. PINKY WINKY is a species of Hydrangea that blooms on new wood. Therefore, it can be pruned in winter. It can also be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree.
    March
    1. Prune

    Safe to prune (with the exception of Zone 6). PINKY WINKY is a species of Hydrangea that blooms on new wood. Therefore, it can be pruned in winter. It can also be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree. For those of you in Zone 6, prune with caution! If your area has already begun to warm up and leaf initiation is visible, don't compromise this season's flower buds. Put off pruning until the return of fall.
    2. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    April
    1. Buy

    For those of you in Zone 6, purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    For those of you in Zone 6, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required.
    3. Fertilize

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.
    4. Prune

    Do not prune.
    5. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    May
    1. Buy

    Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Ready to get out into your garden? Plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required.
    3. Fertilize

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.
    4. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.
    5. Prune

    Do not prune.
    6. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    June
    1. Buy

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Now is a great time to get out in your garden! However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs. For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.
    4. Prune

    Do not prune.
    July
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    August
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    September
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.
    4. Prune

    Do not prune.
    5. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    October
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth.
    3. Prune

    Do not prune.
    4. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    November
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
    December
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    For those of you in Zone 6, purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    May

    Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    June

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    September

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    October

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of it's pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    For those of you in Zone 6, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required.

    May

    Ready to get out into your garden? Plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required.

    June

    Now is a great time to get out in your garden! However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs.

    For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required.

    September

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden!

    For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth.

    October

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden!

    For PINKY WINKY, choose a medium to sunny location. It prefers loamy soil but is very adaptable to different soil types. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. In subsequent seasons, moderate moisture required. Save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.

    May

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.

    June

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    May

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.

    June

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.

    July

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.

    August

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.

    September

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Once established, PINKY WINKY requires moderate moisture.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    January

    If you are experiencing a mild winter, take advantage of the weather and prune your shrubs now.

    PINKY WINKY is a species of Hydrangea that blooms on new wood. Therefore, it can be pruned in winter. It can also be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree.

    February

    If you are experiencing a mild winter, take advantage of the weather and prune your shrubs now.


    PINKY WINKY is a species of Hydrangea that blooms on new wood. Therefore, it can be pruned in winter. It can also be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree.

    March

    Safe to prune (with the exception of Zone 6).


    PINKY WINKY is a species of Hydrangea that blooms on new wood. Therefore, it can be pruned in winter. It can also be easily maintained as a smaller plant or trained into a small tree.

    For those of you in Zone 6, prune with caution! If your area has already begun to warm up and leaf initiation is visible, don't compromise this season's flower buds. Put off pruning until the return of fall.

    April

    Do not prune.

    May

    Do not prune.

    June

    Do not prune.

    July

    Do not prune.

    August

    Do not prune.

    September

    Do not prune.

    October

    Do not prune.

    November

    Do not prune.

    December

    Do not prune.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    April

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    May

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    September

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    October

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

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