How to Grow Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Invincibelle spirit hydrangea is a plant that is known for its beauty and its ability to thrive in almost any type of environment. This plant is native to Asia and has been introduced to North America, where it has become a popular landscaping plant. The invincibelle spirit hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that can grow to be six feet tall and four feet wide. This plant has large, dark green leaves and clusters of pink or purple flowers that bloom in the summer. The invincibelle spirit hydrangea is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to care for, making it a great choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.

How to Grow Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • peegee hydrangea
  • mountain hydrangea
  • panicle hydrangea
  • arborescens hydrangea
  • oakleaf hydrangea

Common Knowledge

  • The 'Invincibelle Spirit' hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that produces large, showy clusters of pink or purple flowers.
  • It is a hybrid of the 'Annabelle' and 'PeeGee' hydrangeas, and was introduced in 200
  • It is one of the longest-blooming hydrangeas, with flowers appearing from early summer through fall.
  • The 'Invincibelle Spirit' is a relatively low-maintenance plant, and is resistant to many common diseases and pests.
  • It prefers full sun to partial shade, and well-drained soil.
  • It can be propagated from softwood cuttings, or by division.
  • The plant can reach up to 6 feet in height, and 4 feet in width.
  • The flowers are excellent for cutting, and can be used in fresh or dried arrangements.
  • The 'Invincibelle Spirit' is sometimes commonly called the ' Pink Annabelle.'
  • It was named an All-America Selections winner in 200

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Invincibelle Wee White Hydrangea

How to Grow

  1. For invincibelle spirit hydrangea, first step is to choose a planting site. Look for an area of your garden that receives at least 6 hours of sun per day.
  2. Prepare the planting site by removing all weeds and grass from the area.
  3. Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 inches using a shovel or gardening fork.
  4. Spread 2 to 3 inches of compost over the planting site and mix it into the loosened soil.
  5. Dig a hole in the center of the planting site that is twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of your plant.
  6. Place the root ball of your plant into the hole.
  7. Backfill the hole with the loosened soil, tamping it down as you go.
  8. Water the area around the plant thoroughly.
  9. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the plant, being careful not to pile the mulch against the stem of the plant.
  10. Water the plant once per week during the first growing season.

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Invincibelle Hydrangea

Soil Condition

About soil condition, the best thing you can do for your Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea is to make sure the soil is moist but not soggy. Wet, heavy clay soils can cause the roots to rot, so it is important to make sure the soil is well-drained. Sandy soils are also not ideal, as they can cause the plant to dry out quickly. If you have sandy soil, you may need to water more frequently. Adding organic matter to the soil can help improve drainage and moisture retention.

Light condition

Not too different with other hydrangeas, the Invincibelle Spirit prefers at least 6 hours of sun per day in order to produce the best blooms. The more sun this plant gets, the more blooms it will produce. If you live in an area with hot summers, you may need to provide some afternoon shade to prevent the leaves from scorching.

Ideal Temperature

The temperature condition that is ideal for the Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea is between 60 and 80 degrees. This plant does not like it when the temperature gets too hot or too cold. If the temperature gets too hot, the leaves of the plant will start to wilt and the flowers will start to droop. If the temperature gets too cold, the plant will become dormant and the leaves will fall off.

Humidity Level

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is 50%. The plant should be misted regularly, and the leaves should be wiped down with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out. The plant should be placed in a well-ventilated room, and the pot should be placed on a pebble tray to prevent the roots from getting too wet.


Discussing fertilizer, this family of plant foods contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They are often in a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio and are available in both organic and chemical forms. Which you use is a personal preference, but both work well. Be sure to follow the package directions for application rates. Incorporate a time-release fertilizer into the soil at planting time for best results.

Plant Pruning

Pruning is an important part of keeping your Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea healthy and thriving. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Be sure to use sharp, clean pruning shears and cut at a 45-degree angle just above a leaf node. You can remove up to one-third of the plant's growth each year.

Plant Propagation

Propagation is best done in late summer or early fall. Take softwood cuttings from new growth that is about 6-8 inches long. Strip the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting, and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Plant the cutting in a well-drained potting mix, and water well. Keep the potting mix moist, but not wet, and in a few weeks, you should see new growth.

Growth Rate

Usually, the plant growth rate is average to slightly above average. They typically grow to be about 2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. However, there are a few cultivars that are known to grow slightly larger. The blooms are incredibly showy and can range in color from pale pink to deep purple. Invincibelle spirit hydrangeas are known for their ability to bloom prolifically and their long blooming season.

The Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant include: pests such as aphids and spider mites, diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot, and cultural problems such as too much or too little water. Proper identification of the problem is the first step in finding a solution.

Tips on Growing

  • If you live in a colder climate, it's best to plant your Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea in the spring.
  • Choose a location that gets plenty of sun and has well-drained soil.
  • When you plant your hydrangea, be sure to dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball.
  • After planting, water your hydrangea well and mulch around the base of the plant.
  • Invincibelle Spirit hydrangeas are fast-growing plants, so you'll need to fertilize them regularly.
  • To encourage more blooms, deadhead the spent flowers throughout the growing season.
  • In the fall, cut back the stems of your hydrangea by about one-third.
  • Winterize your plant by covering it with a burlap sack orwrap.
  • Invincibelle Spirit

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