Trying To Track Down Rare Hydrangea

Question From: 
Anna in  Highgate,  Adelaide SA


Nature of problem: 
looking for a hydrangea I used to grow


Type of Plant (if known): 


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
neutral well nourished


How often do you water the plant:
when required – soil enriched so holds water well


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
morning sun only


What type of plant is it:
hydrangea – picture attached


How long since you planted it:
used to grow it 30 years ago


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
seamungus pellets


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 
annual dust iron chelates

Upload photo if available: 
1960s hydrangea.jpg

Other Comments: 
the plant I want – see photo attached – I cannot find anywhere. I can grow ordinary hydrangea, camellia and have successfully grown rhododenrons on this current site. but the hydrangea I want I do not know it’s latin name. It does not look like the common hydrangea macrophylla. I normally know the Latin name of the plants I love but as I recall it was called the “japanese hydrangea” when I grew it previously at a different home


Answer: Hi Anna,  This a rather rare hydrandea these days and I think that it is very pretty indeed. You may have a difficult time in trying to find it. Its name is Ayesha. Maybe see if Newman’s Nursery at Tea Tree Gully can order one in for you. Probably the best idea is to locate one in an old garden and strike cuttings. The best time is during late Autumn or early Winter – they bolt away like mad in Spring.  Don