Little Quick Fire Panicle Hydrangea (Little Quick Fire Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPLQF’)

Little Quick Fire Panicle Hydrangea

  • Very Early Bloom Time
  • Compact Shrub with Full-Size Flowers
  • Cone-Shape Flowers Start Snowy White And Deepen to Bold Rose-Pink
  • Great “Thriller” in Containers
  • Enjoy Cut Flowers Fresh or Dried
  • Sturdy Stems Easily Hold Blooms Aloft
  • Versatile
  • Cold Hardy
  • Winter Interest
  • Grows in Full or Part Sun
  • Easy Care with Only One Prune a Year
  • Drought Tolerant

Enjoy very early blooms from a pretty, petite flowering shrub. Little Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea (Little Quick Fire® Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPLQF’ PP25,136) won’t keep you waiting.

Get a jump-start on the Hydrangea season competition! This variety starts producing flowers about one month before other Hydrangeas in your neighborhood.

Add this charming small shrub to extend your Hydrangea bloom period this year. You’ll get a big visual impact, without giving up a lot of gardening space.

Little Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea from Proven Winners® produces impressive, full-size 8-inch long panicles of cone-shaped blooms. They’ll add drama with a lovely color change from sparkling white to pink.

Dazzle your friends and neighbors! They won’t believe how many colors one plant can produce from early summer into fall.

You’ll have armloads of fresh flowers for special cut flower arrangements all through the season. Include some of the vibrant green foliage as a perfect foil for the richly colored flowers.

In fall, the blooms mellow to a tender shade of heirloom pink. Be sure to let some dry to tan on the shrub for wintertime Holiday arrangements with evergreen boughs.

The dried blooms look phenomenal all winter long!

With a well-balanced shape, Little Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea can be used in many garden applications. Whether you add one, or use a long row of them, you’ll gain a spectacular show.

This naturally dwarfed beauty performs in both partial shade or full sun. And you’ll have no need to stake this sturdy plant. The reliable stems stay upright on their own.

Spice up your landscape with Little Quick Fire® Hydrangea. This petite selection delivers full-size, color-changing blooms up to a month earlier than other Hydrangeas.

How to Use Little Quick Fire® Hydrangea in the Landscape

Add excitement to your yard with this colorful, long-lasting selection, without taking up too much room. Little Quick Fire® is a “right-sized” shrub that really pumps up your growing season and finishes strong.

Repeat them all along the front edge of your mixed border. Plant them as an accent wherever you’d like some early and long-lasting color in your landscape.

Create a gorgeous low floral hedge by planting several Little Quick Fire® in a row. Stagger a double row for super showy impact!

Commercial landscapes love to use them in mass plantings because of the early blooming season. They rely on the extended display of flowers and smaller size.

To achieve this designer look, plant them 2 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

These work beautifully as”Thrillers” in containers. Try a long series of matching containers running the length of your patio or pool deck. Or place them in containers on either side of your front door.

Enjoy a pop of sophisticated style. Little Quick Fire® can be styled in many different ways. Polish up an ultra-modern look with high-end, sleek containers. Or, add rustic charm with wooden half-barrels.

Of course, they make great additions to your sunny foundation plantings to achieve four-season appeal. They create a very noteworthy accent for your home in spring, summer, fall and through the winter.

Leave the dried blooms on for winter interest!

Tips for Care

Plant in full sun for the best blooms. If you live in warm summer climates, they do appreciate a little afternoon shade. 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight is required.

Panicle Hydrangeas need well-drained soil and won’t tolerate wet feet. If you need to improve drainage, mound up by adding additional soil 18 inches high by 3 feet wide. Plant in that mound.

They will appreciate a moderate amount of water on a regular basis, especially during the spring growing season. Even moisture during flower development provides the largest bloom development. This is especially important during drought.

Known as a “one and done” plant, give Little Quick Fire® a single pruning in late winter or early spring just before it starts to grow. Prune back the top 1/3 of the overall size of the plant.

Because Quick Fire® blooms on new wood, it’s best to get that simple task done before the new growth starts. Don’t wait too long to prune, or you’ll trim off this year’s blooms!

Cut back to a healthy, thick bud. Thin out any thin, broken or weak branches at the same time. You can shape them at this time if needed.

The flower color cannot be altered by changing the soil pH. Just plant and enjoy! Do apply a good organic, slow-release fertilizer in late winter and again in mid-summer.

Little Quick Fire® Panicle Hydrangea is hardy and fits easily into any landscape. You’ll love the early blooms of this carefree, beautiful variety.

Little Quick Fire Panicle Hydrangea (Little Quick Fire Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPLQF’) Details

Common name Little Quick Fire Panicle Hydrangea
Botanical name Little Quick Fire Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPLQF'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 3 - 5 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White & Pink