Frequently Asked Questions
Fire Light Tidbit is a much smaller plant – in fact, it’s dwarf, reaching just 2-3’ tall and wide. It’s one of the smallest, fullest panicle hydrangeas on the market! Both plants bloom early in the season, but the color that they develop differs a bit, with Fire Light developing red tones, and Fire Light Tidbit taking on more of a pink-purple shade.
You’ll want to plant them with their centers about 3’ apart if you want the plants to eventually touch without crowding one another.
Fire Light Tidbit is a panicle hydrangea, so it blooms on new wood. That’s why it can be safely pruned in spring and still bloom that summer.
Pruning is not strictly necessary, but we do recommend it. By cutting back by about one-third its total height in late winter or early spring, you help to build a sturdy wood base while also encouraging lots of new growth for maximum blooms. If you skip a year here or there, it’s not a problem. If you prefer, you may prune it in autumn, once it has gone completely dormant, but we generally recommend leaving it intact over winter, as the dried flowers lend interest to the landscape and shelter for the birds.
If you live in a mild zone 9, like Northern California, you can grow it well. In very hot zone 9 areas, like Florida or Texas, it probably won’t look its best, so we don’t recommend it.
No – like all panicle hydrangeas, Fire Light Tidbit will lose its leaves in late autumn, even in mild climates.
No, like most panicle hydrangeas, it’s a very resilient, easy-care shrub that’s unbothered by pests. The only exception might be deer: they often eat all types of hydrangeas, and are especially fond of the flower buds. If you have deer in your yard, you should protect Fire Light Tidbit with a repellent or netting.
Yes! Please do – it’s a great way to get even more enjoyment from your plant. They can also be dried for crafts and everlasting arrangements. Be aware that they will dry with whatever color they are when you cut them, so if you want colorful blooms, wait to cut until that develops in autumn.
No. The color of panicle hydrangea flowers is not impacted by soil chemistry.