Photos courtesy of Van Belle Nursery, Inc.
Rocketliners® are sized, shaped and rooted throughout the pot with strong and responsive roots. Gardeners can expect a finished healthy plant within a single growing season. They have greater fresh root mass and vertical root training which promotes faster finishing times. While it can often take up to 3 years for a shrub or vine to get fully established growing from bareroot, Rocketliners® may only take 12 months, saving you up to 2 seasons of waiting time. Rocketliners® are for gardeners that have busy lives, little time to waste and want to start out with the best planting stock.
About this Variety
Hydrangea Nikko Blue (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue') is a classic with mophead flowers ranging from sky blue in acidic soil to candy pink in neutral soil. Blooms on old wood from early summer until fall. In colder climates, plant in a south facing, wind protected area. Very popular and often used variety.
- Blue blooms in acidic soil; pink blooms in neutral soil
- Rounded form
- Shrubs are the cornerstone of landscapes
- Most popular Hydrangea in the USA
- Rocketliners® have a greater fresh root mass and root training for faster finishing times
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Summer to Fall
Grows 3-4' tall
Plant 3-4' apart with the root ball even with ground level
Hardy in zones 5-9
Dig a hole two times the width of the Liner pot. Set top of root ball even with ground level. Combine planting mix and garden soil. Fill to ground level and tamp down firmly. Water to settle soil. Add layer of mulch to retain moisture and discourage weeds. Water regularly for the first year, then as needed once established. Feed with a quality fertilizer following application and frequency instructions, typically just before and during the bloom season.
Prune in early spring, once the threat of frost is over to encourage healthy, fresh, bushy growth. Trim just above the first set of good flower buds to achieve full spring flowering performance.