Paniculised hydrangeas are becoming increasingly popular among gardeners. Plants are valued for their simplicity, ease of care and decorative properties. One of the new varieties is hydrangea Fraise Melba. New attractive lush inflorescences with an unusual color.
Paniculata hydrangea - a decorative abundantly flowering shrub, frost-resistant and unpretentious. The variety Fraise Melba is obtained by French breeder Jean Reno. The variety was presented at the Moscow exhibition in 2014.
Work on the hydrangea Fraze Melba has been carried out for 10 years. The name of the variety was due to the famous strawberry dessert. Shrub produces large pyramidal inflorescences that change color from white to burgundy. The contrast between the white top and the red base is reminiscent of strawberries and cream.
Paniculata hydrangea Fraze Melba in width and height reaches 2 m. The bush has a compact appearance. Shoots are upright, brown-burgundy.
The leaves are small, petiolate, located along the entire length of the shoots. Inflorescences form on tops. The flowers are sterile, after flowering does not form fruit.Important! The flowering of the variety Fraise Melba begins in mid-July and lasts until the end of September. Inflorescence 30-40 cm long, with good agrotechnology reach 55 cm.
Paniculised hydrangea looks good in single landings, on lawns, next to ornamental shrubs. It is used to decorate gardens, greenhouses, parks and recreation areas. Grade Fraze Melba is suitable for creating a hedge.
At one place, the Fraise Melba variety has been growing for 30-40 years. Therefore, special attention is paid to the preparation of the site before planting. If necessary, nutrients and other components that increase its acidity are introduced into the soil.
Panicle hydrangea Fraise Melba grows well in sunny areas. In the southern regions of the shrub planted in penumbra. Under the hot sun, the development of the bush slows down, its decorative properties are lost.
Shrubs are often planted near houses or fences. So grade Freyz Melba will receive protection against wind and a penumbra. It is not recommended to place a plant near fruit trees.Attention! Panicle hydrangea prefers neutral and slightly acid soils.
The shrub grows best in fertile loamy soil. Hydrangea grows more slowly in the sandy soil, because useful substances are quickly washed out of the soil. Improving its composition will help making peat and humus.
For planting choose seedlings grade Freize Melba at the age of 4-5 years, which will bloom next year. Younger plants take time to grow the root system and shoots.
Planting material can be prepared independently. To do this, cut the required number of shoots that root in a separate garden bed. When transplanting hydrangeas saplings produced by dividing the main bush.
Panicle hydrangea Freyz Melba is planted in the spring from April to May. Allowed to transfer work in the fall. Shrubs need to be planted in September or October before the onset of cold weather.
The order of planting hydrangea varieties Fraise Melba:
- On the site dig a hole 40 cm deep and 50 cm in diameter.
- When planting several shrubs between them leave at least 2 m.
- For plants prepare the substrate containing fertile soil, peat, compost and sand in a ratio of 2: 2: 1: 1. Fertilizers add 30 g of potassium sulfate and 70 g of superphosphate.
- Components for the substrate are mixed. Increasing the acidity of the soil helps making spruce sawdust.
- Substrate poured into the landing pit.
- After sitting down the soil after 1-2 weeks, they start planting. The plant is carefully removed from the container and transferred to the planting hole.
- The roots of the hydrangea straighten and fall asleep ground.
- Soil compacted. Sapling plentifully watered.
After planting, the Fraise Melba variety provides protection from direct sunlight. A canopy is erected above the bush or at noon it is covered with paper caps.
The development and flowering of paniculate hydrangea Freise Melba provide abundant watering and fertilizing. Regular pruning stimulates the formation of new inflorescences. Against insects and diseases use special preparations.
According to reviews hydrangea Fraise Melba is sensitive to the lack of watering. The soil under the bushes is kept moist. With a lack of moisture, the number of inflorescences decreases, their decorative properties deteriorate.
For irrigation use warm distilled water. Moisture is applied at the root in the morning or in the evening. 2-3 liters of water are poured under each bush.
When watering, make sure that the roots of the shrub are not laid bare. It is best to loosen the soil after making moisture or mulch it with peat.
Variety Freiz Melba fed organic and mineral complexes. During the season spend several treatments.
Scheme feeding hydrangea Fraise Melba:
- before bud break in spring;
- at the beginning of budding;
- in the middle of summer;
- in the fall before winter preparation.
For the first feeding, an infusion is prepared based on organic ingredients: bird droppings or mullein. Fertilizer is poured with water in the ratio of 1:15 and left to infuse for 2 days. The resulting product is watered with the Freiz Melba variety at the root.
When forming the first buds and in the middle of summer, the shrub is fed with fertilizer containing phosphorus and potassium. For hydrangea developed special drugs, which include the necessary components. One of them is Fertik fertilizer Crystal. For 1 liter of water requires 1 ampoule of concentrate. Bushes watered with a solution under the root.
In the fall, the Freiz Melba variety is fed with superphosphate and potassium salt. Under the shrub make 50 g of each fertilizer. In the autumn, do not use drugs based on nitrogen.
Due to trimming the hydrangea frais Melba bush give the necessary form. The treatment is carried out in the spring before the beginning of the growing season or in the autumn after the leaf fall.
From 5 to 10 most powerful shoots are left on a bush. Each of them are pruned at the top. The remaining shoots are eliminated.Tip! To rejuvenate the hydrangea Freyz Melba, you need to cut off all the shoots and leave from the bush 6-8 cm above the ground.
In the summer eliminate broken or diseased branches. Dried inflorescences pruned to stimulate the formation of new buds.
Protection against diseases and pests
In cold and humid weather, hydrangea varieties Freiz Melba appear signs of powdery mildew. The disease has the appearance of a grayish plaque that appears on the leaves and shoots.
In the early stages of the disease, a solution of the drug Phytosoprine is used. If the defeat has covered a significant part of the shrub, it is sprayed with solutions of fungicides Tiovit Jet or Fundazol.Important! Juice hydrangea Fraze Melba eats aphids. Insects cause significant damage to shrubs and carry diseases.
For insects use drugs Aktellik Fitoverm, Trihopol. For spraying hydrangea prepare the working solution. From folk remedies against pests effectively act infusions on garlic and onion peel.
Preparing for the winter
Panicled hydrangea Frize Melba is resistant to winter frosts. In the southern regions and the middle lane, the shrub tolerates winter without additional warming.
To protect the roots of hydrangea from freezing will help the mulch layer with a thickness of 20 cm from dry leaves and humus. Young plants cover with sacking or agrofibre. Additionally, the bushes throw snowdrift.
Gardeners reviewsNina, 58 years old, Samara, all hydrangeas are very beautiful, but paniculate varieties are winter-resistant and unpretentious. I ordered hydrangea Fraise Melba from reviews in the online store. In the autumn, a stalk was dug in the greenhouse for the winter. In the spring, landed him near the house. The sapling quickly got accustomed and released new shoots. In July, the first inflorescences 20 cm long appeared.
Vasily, 65 years old, KislovodskGortenziya Freiz Melba - a relatively new variety. Novelty attracted abundant flowering and unusual color inflorescences. The shrub grows quickly, flowering begins in July and lasts for several months. Be sure to water the plants and feed them with mineral fertilizer.Elena, 26 years old, near Moscow Hortensia - ideal option for registration of a personal plot. For the planting she chose the Fraz Melba variety with lush inflorescences. Petals are quickly painted and become saturated crimson color. The inflorescences are quite dense, the flowers themselves are small. I water the bush 1-2 times a week, less often in rainy weather. If you mulch the soil with peat, you can reduce the number of waterings.
Hortensia Fraze Melba is suitable for decoration of the garden plot or recreation area. For abundant flowering shrubs are tended by watering and fertilizing. To give the bush the necessary shape pruned shoots. In cold regions, hydrangea is sheltered for the winter.