Hydrangea – Quick Fire®
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
Panicle hydrangeas like Quick Fire are very easy to care for. They can grow in most soils, provided they are well-drained.
Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood, which means they can be pruned in spring and will still bloom that season. We recommend cutting them back by about one-third their total height in early spring, just as the new growth is beginning to emerge on the stems. This will serve to remove the spent blooms and ensure that the season's growth comes from the heavier, thicker buds further down the plant.
If blooms do not age to pink and red, this indicates that the plant is either in too much shade, that it experienced drought stress, or that night time temperatures were unusually high.
A very hardy flowering shrub good for full sun locations - the hotter your climate, however, the more shade the plant will require. Perfect for a mixed container. Good for groupings and in mass plantings, shrub and perennial borders, as a specimen, a screen or a hedge.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On New Wood
Flower Form Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Landscape
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 1 - 2
Fertilization 150 - 300
Light Requirements Medium, High
Water Requirements Moist to Wet
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 60 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Spring to Fall Finish, 1 ppp
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Because this plant can bloom so early it is really important to go into the winter ready to ship in the Spring as Spring pruning will delay flowering.
Pest and Disease Management
Aphids, Leaf Spot, Spider Mites
QuickFire flowers 3-4 weeks earlier than Limelight. You should be able to flower QuickFire by early June possibly by Memorial Day. See Hydrangea Little Lamb for additional tips. It will bloom white and matures pink to red