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Fire Light vs Quick Fire Hydrangea: 4 Key Differences

Hey there, everyone! Hydrangeas truly are the stars of the garden, aren’t they? In this chat, I’m excited to dive into two varieties that often get mixed up: Fire Light and Quick Fire.

So, what sets them apart? Well, Fire Light’s flower clusters are packed a bit tighter compared to Quick Fire’s. Plus, Quick Fire gets a head start on blooming before Fire Light does. Let’s get into the details and see what makes each one special.

file light vs quick fire hydrangea

File Light vs Quick Fire Hydrangea

Fire Light Quick Fire
Hardiness zone 3-8 3-8
Mature height 6′ (1.8 m) 6-8′ (1.8-2.4m)
Mature width 6-8′ (1.8-2.4m) 6-8′ (1.8-2.4m)
Growth rate fast fast
Light exposure full sun, partial shade full sun, partial shade
Soil moist, drained moist, drained
Soil pH 6.3-7.1 6.2-7.1
Watering 1-2 times per week in a drought 1-2 times per week in a drought
Blooms On New wood New wood

1. Size

Quick Fire stands out a bit in the height department, effortlessly stretching up to 6-7 feet and sometimes even surpassing 8 feet. It spreads out to about 7 feet wide too.

On the flip side, Fire Light is a tad more modest in size, capping its height at 6 feet, with its spread usually between 6-7 feet.

So, what we’ve got here is Fire Light being the more compact of the two, forming a neat spherical bush. Meanwhile, Quick Fire takes up a bit more space and tends to grow into a slightly more elongated shape.

2. Flowers

Fire Light boasts elongated flower clusters that form almost perfect cones, packed with a large number of blooms. This results in a very dense and striking display of flowers.

In contrast, Quick Fire’s flower clusters contain fewer blooms, giving it a somewhat sparse appearance. Additionally, its clusters lack the defined conical shape, making it less eye-catching.

Color-wise, Fire Light’s flowers start off white early in the season and transition to a vibrant red, with some tips staying white. This creates a stunning red and white mix that’s truly eye-catching.

Quick Fire, meanwhile, features reddish-pink flowers that begin as light pink. However, the color intensity is less dramatic compared to Fire Light, and along with its sparser flower clusters, Quick Fire might seem a bit less dazzling.

3. Blooming Period

Quick Fire gets a jump on the blooming season, unfurling its first flowers in early summer. Its blooming stretch lasts all through summer and winds down in the early part of mid-autumn.

Fire Light, meanwhile, waits until midsummer to start showing off its blooms, wrapping up early in the fall. This means its blooming season is a touch shorter than Quick Fire’s. Yet, if you leave the flower clusters intact after they’ve bloomed, they’ll keep the hydrangea looking lively for the rest of the season.

All in all, Quick Fire edges out Fire Light slightly when it comes to how long it blooms.

4. Care

Both Fire Light and Quick Fire hydrangeas are robust enough to thrive in nearly any part of the United States, happy in both full sun and partial shade. Just steer clear of planting them in full shade to ensure they flourish.

When it comes to watering, give them a drink when the top 1-2 inches of soil around the roots feels dry. Quick Fire, being the larger of the two, will need about 2 gallons of water each time, while Fire Light will be content with just one gallon.

They’re not fussy about soil types, but for optimal growth, aim to keep the soil pH between 5.5 and 7.0, and make sure it drains well. To enhance the soil, incorporate organic material. Just mix in some compost or peat moss with the native soil in the planting hole before you plant.

A layer of compost works wonders as an organic mulch and fertilizer for both types of hydrangeas. A dose of general-purpose fertilizer at the start of the season will set them up nicely.

Both varieties boast strong resistance to diseases and pests, making them fairly low-maintenance. Should any health issues crop up, applying horticultural oil or a fungicide is usually an easy fix.

Since these hydrangeas bloom on new wood, pruning old wood in early spring won’t jeopardize their flowering. Trimming them down to a third of their height at this time encourages healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

jane_C

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Very helpful article!

Igor Viznyy

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Thank you!