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Plant Characteristics

Bark Color*
  • Brown
Bark Type*
  • Smooth
Cultural Information*
  • Powdery Mildew - Low Resistance
  • Leaf Spot - Moderate Resistance
  • Root Rot - High Resistance
  • Leaf Scorch - Low Resistance
Flower Color*
  • Red
  • Pink
  • Dark Pink
  • Multi-Colored
  • Dark Purple
  • Blue
  • Lavender
Growth Habit*
  • Compact Growing
Growth Rate*
  • Medium
Leaf Color Fall*
  • Purple/Brilliant Purple
  • Red/Brilliant Red
  • Burgundy/Crimson/Maroon
  • Orange/Brilliant Orange
Leaf Color Spring*
  • Green
Leaf Color Summer*
  • Green
Leaf Type*
  • Deciduous/Herbaceous
Nature Assets*
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Bees
Plant Type*
  • Shrub
Preferred Planting Season*
  • Spring Planting
  • Fall Planting
  • Summer Planting
Preferred Soil Conditions*
  • Average
  • Adapts Well to Most Soil Types
  • Moist
Propagation Methods*
  • Cuttings or Divisions
Season of Interest*
  • Fall
  • Spring Flowering
  • Late Spring/Early Summer
  • Spring
  • Late Summer/Early Autumn
  • Early Spring
  • Summer Flowering
  • Summer
Sun Exposure*
  • Prefers Dappled Shade in Southern States
  • Prefers Morning Sun Only in Northern States
Uses*
  • Mass Planting
  • Near Water Gardens or Ponds
  • Understory Planting
  • Dried Flowers
  • Under Power Lines
  • Accent Plant
  • Landscape Specimen
  • Cut Flowers
 

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance

Hydrangea is easy to grow and adapts to most conditions. Feed once a year with a slow release fertilizer. To give your plant the best start possible, we include free fertilizer with every order.

Interesting Notes

Hydrangeas produce beautiful pink or blue blooms depending on soil pH. Alkaline soils will produce pink blooms, acidic soils will result in blue blooms. To determine whether your soil is alkaline or acidic, ask your garden center professional or State Extension Agent how to obtain a soil test. If the pH is just right you may have both pink and blue flowers on the plant at the same time. Change from Pink to Blue: Add aluminum sulfate according to package directions, to lower the soil pH. Your soil will produce blue flowers at a pH level of about 5.2 - 5.5. Change from Blue to Pink: Add dolomitic lime according to package directions, to raise the soil pH. Your soil will produce pink flowers at a pH level of about 6.0 - 6.2.

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GRATEFUL RED® HYDRANGEA

Hydrangea macrophylla 'McKRed'

Buy GRATEFUL RED® Red Hydrangea online. This rare Bigleaf hydrangea is not found in many garden centers! Dark red, mophead flowers bloom on new wood. Even the foliage has burgundy coloration. In acidic soils, flowers have more purple tones. Blooms age to lavender. The reddest hydrangea on the market! Introduced from McKay Nursery in Wisconsin.
  • New Item

Mature Height:

2-3 Feet

Mature Spread:

2-3 Feet

Hardiness Zone:

5-9

What's My Hardiness Zone?

Family: Hydrangeaceae · Common Name: Hydrangea

FREE with every plant purchased:

  • The Sooner Guarantee: For details, click here!
  • A pre-measured amount of Polyon® Best-Paks time release fertilizer that keeps your plant well nourished for one year.
  • Pre-hydrated Hydro-Gels are included in the top of each container to use when planting as they help retain soil moisture, and plants will establish more quickly with less transplant shock. Plants will also survive drought-like conditions and accidental missed waterings better.
  • Planting and Care Instruction brochure.
  • Catalogs of new and exciting plant brands, such as Garden Debut® and Proven Winners®.

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Jumbo gallon Potted

SKU: 14218

(4.04 qrts / 3.82 liters)
(11 units available now - S)

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$40.00

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Root Pouch 3 gallon

SKU: 14549

(3.17 gallons / 12 liters)
(3 units available now - S)

Standard Package Grown in Root Pouch®.




$80.00

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Customer Testimonials

I am soooo happy I found your company. I absolutely love, love the scriptures on the back of the planting instructions. I plant God's creations to glorify Him. We have six acres to plant, so we'll be in touch. Thank you so much for a great ordering experience.


Lynn
Alpine, CA
August 2014

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