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


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?

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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 🏡.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

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 19 Plants
xp 1,102 XP
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
xp 32 XP
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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