How To Grow A Hydrangea Snowball Bush?


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Connor Sephton Subber Profile
There are different types of snowball bushes, the Snowball Hydrangea and the Viburnum Opulus Roseum, or European Snowball, whilst looking similar, they require very different conditions.

Hydrangea Snowball Bushes like morning sun and afternoon shade (so ideally you’ll have an east-facing garden or can make the amendments so that your plant receives these conditions) and it thrives in moist soil rather than in hot or dry areas, moist but not wet soil. Hydrangea Snowball bushes prefer acidic soil with plenty of organic matter mixed in. If it has these conditions, the bush will grow to a height of four or five feet, so ensure you have the space for it.

Before planting you may need to amend the soil in your garden, this can be achieved easily by adding compost or peat moss to encourage drainage if the soil is compacted or clay. Once you have achieved sufficient acidity you need to dig a large hole which is at least one foot deep and roughly two feet across. Now place the bush in the hole and replace the soil with some additional all-purpose fertilizer mixed in, but don’t overdo it.

After planting you will need to water the bush frequently but within reason to keep the soil moist but not sodden. The leaves of a Hydrangea Snowball Bush will wilt quickly in drought conditions.

You must also keep an eye out for mildew on your Hydrangea Snowball bush; this powdery mildew is easily treated with fungicides available from your local garden center. However, it is better for the environment to use organic solutions.

If all this sounds a bit too much hard work I would recommend planting the similar looking Viburnum Opulus Roseum (or European Snowball) as they are a much hardier plant and require less attention and will be more likely to succeed in most gardens.
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Aun Jafery answered
Hydrangeas Annabelle or hydrangeas snowball bush is one of the sturdiest and dependable flowering plants. It thrives in extreme weathers, both cold and warm and can be seen in full bloom even after winters of great severity. There are morning people and then there are morning plants and the snowball bush is the latter. It loves morning sunshine and prefers shade throughout the rest of the day. But it's not very fussy and the sun only manages to shorten the bloom time. Shrubs of the plant should be bought when in bloom as other varieties can be passed of under their name. The shrubs should be planted in groups at distances of three to four feet as the mature plants can then support each other. A wire fence installed in spring can help the plants development in spring.
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Nisha Fernandes answered
A snowball bush is also called a European Snowball. It flourishes in partial shade to full sun. It generally prefers moist soil conditions but on the other hand adapts fairly well to most soil types. It is best to prune a snowball bush plant in spring or early summer, because by this time the flowering has finished. When its large spherical shaped flowers open they are an unusual shade of apple green but later on they turn white. It is therefore best to cut bouquets of these flowers when they are still a little green and you will find they last for two weeks.

You can also thin out the older stems so that the shrub is rejuvenated and looks pretty tidy. These snowball bush plants typically grow to a height of eight to ten feet tall and 2.4 to three meters wide.
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Recent "infestation" of my two bushes. Both in different parts of yard. Leaves  have tiny holes and then turning brown . One bush looks like it my lose all the leaves this season. Do you have any suggestions?
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We just bought a snowball viburnum shrub and planted it in a barrel and it has morning sun and afternoon shade. We put miracle grown on it yesterday and today the blooms are rusty color. Did we do something wrong. This bush is my husbands birthday present and we do not want to lose it.
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My snowball has brown edges on leaves this is the 3rd year and no blooms, leaves are real small.
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A newly planted shrub should not be given fertilizer as it causes stress to the plant. Just make sure the soil stays moist (not wet) until the plant is able to send out roots in it's new spot. Once established, miracle grow can be applied.
If the leaves are turning brown it could be getting too much sun and not enough water. You could try adding more organic matter to the soil and using mulch around it as well.
If you have insects eating the leaves, spray the leaves top and bottom with a Neem oil solution every couple of weeks until you no longer have an infestation. It is organic (but should be used with consideration as it also kills beneficial insects as well) and is useful for many things.

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