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nikko blue hydrangeas

I have nikko blue hydrangea 8 yrs. old. the 1st yr. they were blue. Now they are pink and lavender and have been since. I feed them acidic fertilizer. I have talked with the nursery man and he told me my water is probably neutral. Is there anything now this fall I can do to help them to come back to blue. I cannot change the ph of the water. Pls. help if you can and many, many Thanks.


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#1 Comment By Downtoearthdigs On 10/14/2017 @ 5:06 pm

It can be difficult to get soil down to a low enough (acidic) pH to get hydrangeas to really turn blue. Aluminum is also needed in the soil for the plant to create the blue color. Having a soil pH test done can show you how close you are to the necessary pH of 5.2-5.5.

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Aluminum sulfate can help with both the pH and the aluminum requirement:
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