Where to plant baby hydrangeas?

Aquae(7 GA)March 26, 2014


Two days ago I found a nursery on Ebay that was selling these baby nikko blue hydrangeas for $3! I LOVE nikko blues! I couldn't pass up on that as I don't mind their little size and enjoy raising plants, so I bought ten of them. They came in today. They appear quite healthy and have lots of roots growing out the bottom of their little 3" pots.

Looking at our weather forecast it would appear (Fingers crossed) here in my area of Georgia that our last frost/freeze will be tonight. I've brought my babies in tonight.

My question is this: Once danger of frost is past, the rest of the nights here for the next month or so look like they'll be in the 40s-50s. Are these baby hydrangeas big enough to be planted outside and able to handle those temperatures, or do I need to plant them into larger pots that can be brought inside at night until it warms up more (Late spring, early summer?) and then plant them into the garden?

I attached an image so you guys can see their size.

Thanks so much everyone! :)


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Probably but I always go to such pains to make sure nothing happens that it is ridiculous. I had one about 3" bigger than those which I started putting out in a bright but shady spot (indirect sun) with little wind for a few days. The leaves were just opening and looked tiny, frail, light greenish. Then I moved it to where it got a few hours of real early morning sun for a few days and then to their final planting location. I have done the same with other mail-ordered small shady shrubbery too.

The only exception is when the shrub arrives with no dirt; then I plant it in its final planting location asap. But depending on what it is and if it needs shade, I may build something to temporarily provide the shade.

These steps do not add up to more than a week for me.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 9:38PM
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Aquae(7 GA)

That sounds like a good idea! :) I think I'll do that, keep them in a sheltered location for a little bit then "step up" the amount of light they get. The area they'll be planted in gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Thanks so much for the advice!

How is your baby hydrangea doing, by the way? I assume it's not a baby anymore and I sure hope it's doing well! I'd love to know how fast it's grown!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:45AM
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That was several years ago so it is getting to be between 1-2'. Still shutdown for the winter along with half of everything else though. But that means about half is also waking up.

In the Fall, I was actually thinking it and other shrubs would be fully leafed out by now because during the last two years, winters here were mild so everything leafed out or bloomed extremely early (January). But this year, we had a lot of temp zig zags and those bushes that leafed out or bloomed early had their new growth killed by a cold snap. Forsythia is now blooming though. Flowering Quince tried to start blooming at the end of Jan but a cold snap in February killed the blooms and it is now leafing out with a few blooms again. Roses here are leafing out for the 2nd time. The early blooming camellias got delayed and are now trying to bloom. And the hydrangeas? Still snoring but... I saw an oakleaf in another town west of me with leaf out. Hopefully that means I will see leaf out soon as well. How's the weather in GA?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:17PM
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Aquae(7 GA)

Oh I hope your hydrangeas start leafing out soon! :) I'm sorry to hear about the cold damage to your plants though. :( That sucks. I know what you mean about the crazy Winter! We had a VERY cold Winter (For Georgia anyway!) and this past month the temperatures have been all over the place. We'll have stretches of days in the 70s with nights in the 50s then it'll get down to the high-20s and I have to run around making sure all my plants are okay.

The past two nights we had temps around 26-28 and I have two nikko blues (Not my babies, but they're still young bushes, maybe 1-2 feet tall) that I covered with blankets. One suffered a tiny bit of cold damage on some leaves though despite my best efforts. - Fortunately it was only like 2-3 leaves so nothing serious. According to weather.com and accuweather's temperature predictions for the next month though, it looks like things may be finally smoothing out. I sure hope so! I'm tired of having to worry about Spring frosts.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 1:21PM
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