Skip to Content

Quick Fire Hydrangea Care Guide

Quick Fire hydrangeas stand out within the panicle hydrangea family, thanks to their distinct features. Unlike other hydrangeas, they need specific pruning and sunlight conditions, although they do share some similarities with their hydrangea relatives.

quick fire hydrangea care

Quick Fire Hydrangea

Plant profile

Care/requirements Quick Fire Hydrangea
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8
Size: Height 8 ft. and width 8 ft.
Shape: Rounded with upright stems
Type: Perennial, deciduous, shrub
Light requirements: Full sun or at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day
Soil: Loam or amended soil
Soil pH: 6.6-7.3 Grow best in slightly acidic soil
Watering: When 1 inch of soil is dry. Don’t water in the winter
Growth rate: Fast
Blooming: Old and new wood
Flowers color: White-red
Leaves color: Bright green
Fragrance: Low scent
Best time for planting: Early spring and early fall
Pruning: Deadheading after flowering and removing deadwood
Reblooming: No
Spacing: 4-5 feet apart (center to center)
Transplanting: Early fall or early spring
Fertilizer: Balanced NPK formula, twice per year
Propagation: By cuttings in early spring
Deer resistant: No
Problems: Pests, diseases

Planting

You can plant Quick Fire hydrangeas any time during the year, but planting them in spring is best to minimize transplant shock. Giving them a chance to adjust to your local weather by leaving them in their pots for a week or two can also help them get used to the temperature changes.

These hydrangeas can spread up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) in all directions, so it’s important to give them plenty of space, ensuring at least 4 feet of clearance around the plant’s base. Choose a location that’s as protected from the wind as possible since they’re not fans of being whipped around by strong breezes.

Light requirements

Quick Fire hydrangeas thrive in full sunlight, so the best spot for them is somewhere out in the open. They can manage with partial shade but expect fewer blooms under these conditions. In hotter regions, unlike temperate ones, it’s wise to plant them where they’ll receive some shade during the midday heat.

While they are capable of growing in shaded areas, you won’t see any flowers if they’re kept too much in the dark.

Soil

Quick Fire hydrangeas flourish in soil that’s dark to medium brown and crumbles easily, similar to the texture of store-bought potting mix or compost.

If your garden soil is sandy or clay-like, prepare a hole that’s a bit deeper than necessary and layer the bottom with 2 to 3 inches of potting mix or compost.

The ideal soil pH for Quick Fire hydrangeas ranges from 6.6 to 7.3, which is typically the pH of garden store potting mixes and composts. However, it’s always a smart move to verify the pH of your soil with a testing kit available at garden supply stores.

quick fire hydrangea care

Quick Fire Hydrangea

Watering

Quick Fire hydrangeas, much like their kin, are fond of moisture. Water them once the top inch of soil in the root area dries out, using at least 1 gallon of water to thoroughly moisten the soil.

In the peak of summer, you might notice the leaves of Quick Fire drooping; this is a sign they need an extra dose of water.

However, be cautious not to overwater, as doing so can cause root rot. Additionally, during winter, there’s no need to water them.

Pruning

Pruning Quick Fire hydrangeas is typically necessary only for size control or to achieve a specific shape.

As members of the panicle hydrangea family, Quick Fires bloom on both new and old growth, so you don’t have to worry about pruning affecting next season’s flowers. Late winter or early spring is the perfect time for pruning.

To prune effectively, cut the stem just above where the buds are visible—these small bumps along the stem are where new growth will emerge, leading to more foliage and, consequently, more blooms.

Read also: How To Grow Hydrangeas

Problems

The transition of Quick Fire hydrangea blooms from white to pink or red signifies healthy growth. However, if the blooms stay white, it might be a sign they’re not receiving enough sunlight, water, or that the nighttime temperatures have been too high.

Lack of blooming in Quick Fire hydrangeas is often temperature-related, possibly due to a sudden cold spell in spring. This issue is also common in newly purchased hydrangeas, which are typically grown in the controlled environment of a greenhouse, shielded from wind and with stable temperatures. Transplanting them outdoors can lead to shock, delaying blooming until they’ve adjusted to their new environment in the following season.

Leaf discoloration or wilting in Quick Fire hydrangeas can indicate various issues:

  1. Brown spots may be caused by diseases or pests.
  2. Yellow spots could result from overwatering, under-watering, pests, or nutrient deficiencies.
  3. Drooping leaves often suggest under-watering.

Adhering to the watering guidelines provided should resolve leaf issues naturally. Neem oil can act as an effective treatment for both diseases and pests, although Quick Fire hydrangeas are generally not prone to insect infestations.

 

quick fire hydrangea care

Quick Fire Hydrangea

Fertilizer

The best choice for fertilizing is a general-purpose NPK fertilizer. Apply it once in spring, before the flowering begins, and again after the blooms have faded. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct application amount.

The need for fertilizer the next year can vary based on your soil quality and the previous year’s blooming success. You might find that skipping a year of fertilization is appropriate.