Hybrid action Pink Pom Pom belongs to the hydrangea family. It is appreciated by gardeners for its longevity and unpretentious care. A gorgeous evergreen shrub with a huge number of delicate pink flowers is used with pleasure in landscape design. A lush bush concentrates all attention on itself, looks equally good in group and single compositions. In the garden, action is the central decoration.
Description of the action Pink Pom Pom
A green, sprawling shrub with long, flowing corolla-shaped inflorescences, each of which consists of a double perianth and five pointed petals. Flowers are bisexual, small, about 2 cm in diameter, like a bell, have no aroma. The petals are terry, white on the inside and pink on the outside.
Dense dark green foliage turns yellow in autumn. Rough, elongated leaves are located opposite each other. Stems are dark brown, smooth, hollow inside, so they break easily. The bark on old branches tends to flake off and hang in rags.
The pink Pom Pom action bushes are quite large - adult plants reach a height of 2 m, the crown span is also about 2 m in diameter.The plant blooms for a long time, is unpretentious in maintenance, adapted to urban conditions, gas and dust resistant, but does not tolerate cold weather well. May die during the first frost. With appropriate care, lives for 25 years.
Action Pink Pom Pom is used to create garden sculptures, hedges, flower waterfalls, gazebos and park alleys. Amateur gardeners practice single plantings. The action Pink Pom Pom, planted at the house, creates a spectacular composition and unique flavor.
How the Pink Pom Pom action blooms
The Pink Pom Pom action has a long flowering, it blooms in late spring and, with proper care, pleases with bright flowers until the end of summer. The flowering period is influenced by the climate of the region, on average, it ends in July. Fading away, the deytion forms a spherical capsule with seeds, which, after ripening, crack and scatter in the wind.
Important! The culture blooms on last year's shoots. It is necessary to carefully avoid possible damage to them when pruning and covering for the winter.
You can multiply the action:
The cuttings are taken from a strong, healthy seedling. The choice of layering is done during flowering, it is marked with a lace or ribbon. After flowering, the shoot is bent to the ground, an incision is made at the point of contact with it, then covered with soil. The main care for him is carried out together with the mother bush. By spring, the cuttings take root. It is cut off from the parent and transplanted to a permanent place.
Cuttings can be done with both green and lignified shoots. Green cuttings are harvested in June. Landing is carried out immediately. After sprinkling the cuttings with earth, it is necessary to water them well and cover with a jar.
After rooting, the plants do not need shelter. For the winter, the seedlings should be transferred to the greenhouse. They will be ready for planting in open ground in the spring.
Lignified cuttings are cut at the end of autumn. Branches connected in bunches, about 20 cm long, are covered with sand and placed in a greenhouse, where they overwinter until spring. You need to create coolness in the greenhouse. When the snow melts and the soil warms up, the cuttings are planted obliquely in open ground and covered with non-woven material or film. The buds that appear on them will be a signal to remove the shelter.
After flowering, spherical capsules containing seeds appear on the Pink Pom Pom action. They ripen in September-October. They are easy to collect by tying plastic bags to the branches, then stored in a dark, dry room until spring.
In the spring, seeds are sown in boxes or pots filled with soil from humus, sand and peat. To prevent the appearance of a hard crust on the surface, the seeds are covered with sand from above. Covering the pots with foil, water them daily. Seedlings will appear in 1-2 months.
At the end of May, you can transplant to a permanent place. Fragile young seedlings are very sensitive to cold weather, so they need to be covered more carefully for wintering than adult specimens. The seed-propagated Pink Pom Pom action will start flowering in 3 years.
Planting and caring for the Pink Pom Pom action
The main condition for planting the Pink Pom Pom action is the absence of cold winds and drafts in the selected area. Planting is carried out in already prepared, warmed-up soil. If there are no natural shading conditions around the new plantings, artificial partial shade must be created to protect the shrub from the scorching midday sun. We must not forget to insulate the seedling for the winter and properly prune.
The best time to disembark is the end of April. At this time, the earth is already warmed up, but the buds of the trees are not open. If the weather in the region does not allow it to be done on time, then the landing can be postponed. The deadline for planting action seedlings is mid-June. Before planting in open ground, it is recommended to store seedlings in a room with a temperature of 0 + 2 ° C.
Site selection and soil preparation
Choosing a site for action is a key step in planting. The site should be lit, large and open, since the crown of the shrub can reach up to 2 m in diameter, but at the same time protected from the wind and the bright midday sun.
The soil must be selected previously cultivated, nutritious, loose, with neutral acidity. Soil with a high pH can be neutralized with lime, peat can be added to insufficiently acidic soils. Clay soil must be flavored with sand. Groundwater should not pass closer than at a depth of 2-3 m.
On the eve of planting seedlings, the site should be dug up, compost, humus and peat should be added.
How to plant correctly
When planting several bushes in a row, holes are dug for them at a distance of 2.5-3 m. When planting an action near a house, the distance to the construction should also not be less than 2.5 m. The hole is made at least 50 cm in depth. Dry or broken roots of the plant must be cut off and placed in a root system growth stimulator dissolved in water for a day.
When planting the action, the roots are carefully straightened, placed in a hole, and covered with earth or a mixture of humus, peat and sand, leaving the root collar on the surface. Then the soil around the seedling should be lightly tamped, watered abundantly, loosened to a depth of 15-20 cm and mulched with a layer of sawdust or peat. Mulch will retain moisture in the soil, protect it from weeds and heat.
The plant is unpretentious, adapted to the urban environment, requires a minimum of effort: watering, loosening, several dressings, cutting off excess shoots and sheltering the bush for the winter. Observing these simple steps, you can grow a chic shrub, which will become the main decoration of the house.
The photo shows the action of Pink Pom Pom during flowering.
Action Pink Pom Pom is drought tolerant. For watering, 1 bucket of water per bush is enough 1-2 times a month. In a sweltering heat, the number of waterings is doubled. Young bushes, as well as flowering shrubs, can be moistened more - up to 12-15 liters of water per bush.
Mulching and feeding
You need to feed the Pink Pom Pom action bushes three times per season:
- At the time of planting the seedling (0.5 buckets of humus per bush).
- Mineral dressing (a mixture of ash, compost and rotted manure in equal parts) during the flowering period, 0.5 buckets per bush.
- Before the autumn pruning of the shrub - 1 bucket diluted in water 1:10 mullein.
Weeds are pulled out as necessary, after each watering they loosen the soil to a depth of 20-25 cm. Plants that are mulched after planting do not require weeding, since mulch inhibits the growth of weeds. It is recommended to mulch twice more during the season, each time removing the old layer of mulch.
Trimming the action is a mandatory procedure. The shrub tolerates it well and grows back easily. You need to prune 2 times a year - in autumn and spring, while removing ¼ of the crown.
Autumn pruning is carried out after the shrub has faded. Old shoots thickening the bush are cut out completely, young branches are shortened to the level of the first strong bud.
Attention! The branches that bloomed in the current year cannot be removed, otherwise the Pink Pom Pom action will not bloom next spring.
Bushes over 5 years old need to be rejuvenated every 3 years, getting rid of 2-3 shoots at ground level. Flowering after rejuvenation will come after two years.
It is very important to trim the action on time. Late pruned bushes will not have time to produce new shoots, and the plant will bloom later or not bloom at all. A prolonged recovery of the shrub after winter pruning will postpone its flowering for 2-3 years.
Preparing for winter
Preparation for winter begins at the end of summer. In August, it is necessary to stop watering so that the bark ripens before the onset of cold weather. Action Pink Pom Pom is sensitive to cold weather and needs shelter from September. It is recommended to cover the bushes with foil to protect them from cold autumn rains.
With the onset of night frosts, the stems should be bent to the ground, covered with non-woven material and dry leaves, then spud with a layer of at least 15 cm.When snow falls, it is thrown over the covered bushes. Such a multi-layer cover will perfectly protect the shrub during cold winters. As soon as the snow melts, all the shelters are removed, otherwise the plant will repack.
Important! Starting from the age of two, the shoots of Pink Pom Pom action become hollow inside, they are easy to break.
You need to bend the branches to the ground carefully and carefully. It is not recommended to bend the branches of tall shrubs; it is better to carefully cover them with burlap.
Pests and diseases
Action Pink Pom Pom is not susceptible to diseases and is unattractive to pests due to its lack of aroma. Fear can only represent the bumblebee proboscis. A one-time treatment of the bush with a 15% karbofos solution will scare it away from action forever.
Hybrid Action Pink Pom Pom is an incredibly beautiful plant. It is not difficult to grow it, the care of the bushes is minimal. With properly organized care, culture will delight with its splendor for 25 years.
Larisa Zver, 35 years old, Oryol
The action of Pink Pom Pom variety has been growing in my front garden for 10 years and attracts many passers-by to the house who want to admire the beautiful bush.
Ruslan Gozhev, 49 years old, Penza
My wife and I planted seedlings 3 years ago, this year it bloomed for the first time. Flowers are few, small, my wife was upset, but I am offended that I lost money. But the neighbors said it was all because of the bad soil. Let's try fertilizing and see how the action blooms next year.
Elmira Fadeeva, 37 years old, Podolsk
I am very pleased that my garden is decorated with an action bush, I recently posted a photo on the Internet against the background of many delicate pink flowers Pink Pom Pom, and I was inundated with questions about where I am and what this beauty is called. Now the bush is 2 m high and blooms profusely. Caring for him is minimal, requiring no financial costs.