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Can you transplant hydrangeas in the spring?

transplant hydrangeas

Among the horticultural plants, Hydrangea is a popular and second most common deciduous shrubby plant, being grown in the nurseries of horticultural markets, worldwide. Hydrangea can be used for foliage and flowering beautification. Let’s see that how to transpalnt hydrangeas in pots. There are four species are being grown abundantly in nurseries hich are followings,

  • H. arborescence
  • H. macrophylla 
  • H. paniculata
  • H. quercifolia 

In this article, you will be able to know how to do plant care for hydrangea plants, its transplanting shock, best time for transplantation and FAQ’S.  

Propagation of hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are propagated through cuttings and these cuttings are encouraged with PGR (plant growth regulator, IBA). By the way, it is a nursery technique that nurseryman use to grow different cultivars. In this technique, cuttings are dipped with PGR and put into cool and wet condition for a limited period of time. After an interval (two to three weeks), callusing (growing mass for rooting) emerges and cuttings are allowed to grow into soil.


At this stage, rooted cuttings are allowed to grow into the container and pots filled with multimedia mixture (means combination of different soil components like moss, coconut coir, cow dung, etc.). Hydrangeas love to grow under sunny as well as partially shady areas. 

Remember, this is a stage when hydrangea cuttings grow through callusing material and seedlings will fully mature after 4 weeks. When seedlings reach the height up to 9 inches it’s time to transplant them into bigger pots.  

Transplante hydrangeas to pots

Choose the vigorous and healthy seedlings stock and plant them into the bigger size pots.  Similarly, seedlings are transpla nted on soil as well.  

Hydrangea transplant shock: this is a general phenomenon for seedlings which are transplanted into an acclimatized environment. Before a few days of transplanting, seedlings are not fed up with nutrient and water requirements to become hardy. 

Best time to transplant hydrangeas

Hydrangeas can be transplanted after one month of its seedlings maturity. Generally, hydrangeas can be cultivated in spring and month of September in early winter. But, the spring season is actually the blooming season. That’s why rooted cuttings should start cultivating in the month before the onset of spring season.

Transplanting hydrangeas in summer: as I have discussed in the above section, transplanting in the summer season means that seedlings should be transplanted in bigger pots in February or March or two weeks before.

Transplanting hydrangeas in fall: this is not a common practice but yet if you had missed the spring season then in September you can do this.


Can you transplant hydrangeas in september?

Yes, you can transplant but the most favorable season which makes hydrangeas flowering profusely is a summer season or spring season. But it does not mean that it is not a very hot summer season. 

Can you move hydrangeas in march?

March is a month which gives complete spring blooming when flowers are more happy. Rooted cuttings, which you selected, put them for seedlings one month before spring and then transfer them into bigger pots. March bloom will cause plants heavy size corymbs on the weaker stem which you need to take care of using staking. 

Can you transplant hydrangeas in july?

July is too hot for flowers and may be less favorable depending upon the zones but yes you can do this. Normally, you may not get the similar results which you can get before the late summer.