A Basic Guide to Growing Hydrangeas Indoors

by Doris Arnold 05/10/2022

There are many varieties of the popular hydrangea plant, all with unique climate needs. Even though it's possible to grow hydrangeas outdoors in different climates, growing them indoors allows you to enjoy this colorful shrub anywhere you live. Here are some basic care tips for growing hydrangeas inside your home:

Container Choice

One key advantage to growing hydrangeas in pots is the freedom to move them around as needed. To increase flexibility, consider using a pot with wheels or a sturdy plant stand on casters. As your hydrangea grows bigger, the pot will become heavier and more difficult to move around.

When choosing a container, opt for a larger pot than you think you will need. Many plant experts recommend larger containers at least 18 inches in diameter to give your hydrangea room to spread out its roots. A larger pot will also prevent the soil from drying out too quickly.

Water & Light Requirements

Hydrangeas need large amounts of water and sunlight to thrive. When growing them indoors, water regularly and thoroughly so excess water comes out of the drainage hole. You want to prevent the soil from drying out completely, as it will cause your plant to wilt.

As for light, most varieties of hydrangeas do best with at least six hours of sun per day. Place them in south or east-facing windows where there is plenty of light and they will thrive.


Hydrangeas are known for their round, colorful flower clusters. To make the most of this flowering plant indoors, you'll need to give it some regular maintenance. Prune old or damaged branches regularly and deadhead wilted flowers to encourage new growth. Research your particular variety of hydrangea to determine its growth pattern. Some produce new buds from old stems, while others grow completely new stems. Knowing where buds appear will help you prune efficiently and support healthy growth.

Hydrangeas are a staple of many home gardens but can also be a beautiful addition to your indoor plant collection. Consider these tips if you're thinking of growing your own hydrangeas at home.

About the Author

Doris Arnold

Real Estate is, if nothing else a people business. For me as a leading real estate professional, my work is not so much about buildings, contracts and inspections; it's about people, their dreams, aspirations and the most important place in their world- their home. I am a people person through and through. Simply put, people fascinate me... spend a few minutes with me and you can sense this unique attribute. I listen intently to you and most importantly, I have a genuine interest in what you have to say. Follow me around for a day and you will witness the powerful and positive effect I have on the people around me, whether it's my family, close friends, or a community acquaintance. Undoubtedly, you will see a caring and committed woman who makes a difference in people's lives. If you ask my past clients what they liked about working with me, some would say it was my business savvy and real estate expertise that impressed them, but most of them would comment on how much I cared about them. I really listen to what my clients want and do what I can to anticipate their needs. I always try to stay one step ahead and keep in constant contact. My clients know I am always working for them to keep them informed and up-to-date, and I have a highly organized way of walking my clients throughout the process of buying or selling their home that makes them feel confident nothing will slip through the cracks. I absolutely love what I do and I can tell you "I'm in The Business of People." What that means to me is that I have the privilege of helping my clients achieve their dreams. What that means to you is that you can count on me to care about what matters most to you because I make your real estate needs my top priority.