Plant Care Bigleaf Hydrangea

Bigleaf Hydrangea

4.4 out of 5 (19 experiences)

Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

French Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea and Snowball Plant


Hydrangea macrophylla

How to care for Bigleaf Hydrangea

💦 Water

How often to water your Bigleaf Hydrangea

Water needs for Bigleaf Hydrangea
0.5 cups
every 9

Bigleaf Hydrangea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bigleaf Hydrangea

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for French Hydrangea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bigleaf Hydrangea: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bigleaf Hydrangea love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bigleaf Hydrangea does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bigleaf Hydrangea in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bigleaf Hydrangea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bigleaf Hydrangea: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bigleaf Hydrangea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Bigleaf Hydrangea is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common French Hydrangea Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Bigleaf Hydrangea prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

French Hydrangea Water Frequency →

French Hydrangea Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bigleaf Hydrangea requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

French Hydrangea Light Requirements →

French Hydrangea Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Bigleaf Hydrangea is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

French Hydrangea Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Bigleaf Hydrangea doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

French Hydrangea Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Bigleaf Hydrangea does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for French Hydrangea →

When and How to Successfully Repot French Hydrangea →

💩 Fertilizer

Bigleaf Hydrangea grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize French Hydrangea →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Bigleaf Hydrangea to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Bigleaf Hydrangea is native to Asia and the Americas.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Bigleaf Hydrangea bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

French Hydrangea Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bigleaf Hydrangea will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune French Hydrangea →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bigleaf Hydrangea can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

French Hydrangea Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation
🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Bigleaf Hydrangea, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Bigleaf Hydrangea

Bigleaf Hydrangea

Bigleaf Hydrangea

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Bigleaf Hydrangea has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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leaf-1 17 Plants
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globe Colfax, LA

I absolutely LOVE hydrangea blooms but it has been a challenge for me to grow. My Grandma had a huge bush in her yard and I am determined to have one. After planting several in my yard with no success I decided to try growing in a pot. My husband got me two small starter plants last year. All the leaves fell off. I brought them in for the winter and put outside as soon as weather permitted. So far they’re growing. I go by Greg’s watering schedule and water carefully so that none gets on the leaves (it causes brown spots)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Magnolia, TX

Not safe for any pets such as cats,dogs, and horses so please please please if you have pets do not get hydrangeas or at least keep them outside if you live in neighbourhood that doesn’t have strays or animals that well come and eat your flowers, but in good news they are extremely pretty and really make your home look exotic!!!easy to maintain for experienced plant owners, if your new to gardening and owning plants I would start of with some easier flowers

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 51 XP

Hi hi

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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