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Grow Hydrangeas in Any Climate

by Vincent Zhang 05/06/2024

There are many varieties of the popular hydrangea plant, all with unique climate needs. Even though it's possible to grow hydrangeas outdoors in different climates, growing them indoors allows you to enjoy this colorful shrub anywhere you live. Here are some basic care tips for growing hydrangeas inside your home:

Container Choice

One key advantage to growing hydrangeas in pots is the freedom to move them around as needed. To increase flexibility, consider using a pot with wheels or a sturdy plant stand on casters. As your hydrangea grows bigger, the pot will become heavier and more difficult to move around.

When choosing a container, opt for a larger pot than you think you will need. Many plant experts recommend larger containers at least 18 inches in diameter to give your hydrangea room to spread out its roots. A larger pot will also prevent the soil from drying out too quickly.

Water & Light Requirements

Hydrangeas need large amounts of water and sunlight to thrive. When growing them indoors, water regularly and thoroughly so excess water comes out of the drainage hole. You want to prevent the soil from drying out completely, as it will cause your plant to wilt.

As for light, most varieties of hydrangeas do best with at least six hours of sun per day. Place them in south or east-facing windows where there is plenty of light and they will thrive.


Hydrangeas are known for their round, colorful flower clusters. To make the most of this flowering plant indoors, you'll need to give it some regular maintenance. Prune old or damaged branches regularly and deadhead wilted flowers to encourage new growth. Research your particular variety of hydrangea to determine its growth pattern. Some produce new buds from old stems, while others grow completely new stems. Knowing where buds appear will help you prune efficiently and support healthy growth.

Hydrangeas are a staple of many home gardens but can also be a beautiful addition to your indoor plant collection. Consider these tips if you're thinking of growing your own hydrangeas at home.

About the Author

Vincent Zhang

I am a real estate broker, property manager, and investor, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To each client, I bring close to a decade of experience in real estate, first as a real estate investor, then manager, and now love to share my experience and knowledge with property buyers and sellers as a real estate broker. Since attending the University of Michigan in 2005, I have lived in Ann Arbor ever since. My exceptional knowledge of the market as an investor and property manager provides a unique perspective and competitive advantage to my clients for selling and buying both residential and investment properties.

I have successfully managed investment properties in Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo and have conducted real estate transactions throughout southeast Michigan. Whether clients are looking for their first home, vacation homes, or the home of their dreams, I will be able to stay on top of the process, remove obstacles and make the real estate deals as pleasurable as possible. I enjoy working with people and finding ways to share a laugh or two in the process. I take pride in being available to my clients and being responsive to their needs.

In addition to my residential property expertise, and my multicultural background, I am capable of working with international investors and home buyers to make their international property purchases smoother and trouble-free. If you are interested in the acquisition of investment homes for your children while they attend the University of Michigan, as a property manager, investor, and broker, I will be able to help you make that reality come true.

I graduated from the University of Michigan and own and operate several businesses in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. In addition to my real estate experience, I am also a technology enthusiast and am always on the hunt to use technology and media to enhance the buying and selling experience. 

If you are looking to make your first home purchase, or are trying to sell your home, give me a call and I can guide you through the services that I can offer you to help you start along the journey. I take great pride in my work and it would be an honor for me to represent you and your needs.

Yours truly, Vincent Zhang