Specimens of Mega Mindy panicle hydrangea blooming in a trial field Blooms of Mega Mindy panicle hydrangea in their pink red phase
photo of Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeck

Meet the Breeder

Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeck
Belgium

MEGA MINDY®

Hydrangea - Panicle

Hydrangea paniculata

'ILVOMINDY'

USPP 23,070; CBR 4911

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Specimens of Mega Mindy panicle hydrangea blooming in a trial field Blooms of Mega Mindy panicle hydrangea in their pink red phase
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Description

Mega Mindy® is a fast growing hydrangea with large flowers that emerge white and age to a lush red-pink in late summer. It was developed by Dr. Johan van Huylenbroeck, the same breeder as Pinky Winky® hydrangea, who once again honors a children's TV character with the name - this time because the flower color matches the Belgian heroine's costume.

USDA Zone 3 - 8 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4.5 - 5.5'

Width 4.5 - 5.5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color White, Pink

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Adaptable to most any soil except very wet or excessively alkaline soils.

Pruning In late winter or early spring, cut back by about one-third its total height, just above a set of large buds. This ensures that the growth for the season will come vigorous buds lower on the plant and also serves to remove any remaining dried blooms. Alternatively, cut back in autumn once the plant has gone completely dormant. May be cut back harder if desired, though this tends to produce stems that are unable to achieve maximum stem strength the following season.

Uses Specimen; mixed borders; mass plantings. Makes a good hedge or screen. Excellent for cut flowers, both fresh and dried.

Growing Tips Panicle hydrangeas are the most sun tolerant hydrangeas and are also resistant to wilting. In cooler climates, full sun is recommended for best stem strength and flower set. Flower color is unaffected by soil chemistry. If flowers turn brown and dry instead of aging to pink or red, this indicates that the plant needs more water or that nighttime temperatures are too high for the transition to occur.