I planted 30 quart size Quick Fire Fab's in spring 2021 to make a beautiful hedge for my wife. They tripled in size with minimal care being watering and managed to get a half dozen blooms from them this season. The deer trimmed the leaves and stems a little for me in the fall so I don't think I'll touch them next year. I'll check back in next year. Happy planting!
Quick Fire Fab® Panicle Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Quick Fire Fab® panicle hydrangea shares the same super-early bloom time, rock-solid reliability, and easy-going nature of the original Quick Fire hydrangea, but adds big, full, showy mophead blooms to the mix. How fabulous is that? It's the best way to get the earliest possible panicle hydrangea flowers, expanding the seasonal display by two weeks or more every year.
If you look closely at the lush blooms, you'll see each floret has an unusual cruciform shape which gives them a textural effect you won't find in other panicle hydrangeas. As the blooms age, they turn blush pink, then bright pink, then red, from the bottom up, making each one look like a big delicious ice cream cone that goes from vanilla to berry as the summer progresses. Quick Fire Fab provides 3+ months of flowers and color in your landscape or garden, and does it all with almost no work or effort from you.
Top reasons to grow Quick Fire Fab hydrangea:
- The earliest blooming mophead panicle hydrangea - enjoy extra weeks of blooms
- Unique X-shaped flowers go from white to pink to bright pink to deep red through the season
- Strong, sturdy stems keep blooms clean, upright, and showy all year round
Quick Fire Fab hydrangea will be available in better garden centers beginning spring 2021. Click here for a list of retailers.Long BloomingFall InterestDeadheading Not Necessary
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:72 - 96 InchesSpacing:60 - 72 InchesSpread:60 - 72 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:RedFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:White, turning bright pink and red shades in fallFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Alkaline SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:Good for ScreeningUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance Notes:
Prune by cutting back the main branches by one-third in late winter or early spring. You may also prune in late fall, once it has gone completely dormant, if desired - you'll find more information in our Ultimate Guide to Panicle Hydrangeas.
Panicle hydrangeas require well-drained soil. As such, we do not recommend amending the soil when you plant them, as explained here.
Fertilize in early spring (just as the ground begins to thaw in cold climates) if desired, using a granular rose fertilizer. You may fertilize monthly through late July for more rapid growth, but this is not necessary for a healthy, abundantly-blooming plant.Quick Fire Fab® Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPM' USPP 32,513, Can PBRAF
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Stephen, Michigan, United States, 1 year ago
This hydrangea is easy to grow. Blooms in late spring/early summer.Fran Book, Pennsylvania, United States, 2 years ago