Help on When To Plant Hydrangea Incrediball

budderpopcorn(7)March 26, 2010

Hello,

I just received hydrangea incrediball via mail-order, but I am not sure if I should plant them now, or find a way to hold off until later. I'm in zone 7 (Northern Virginia right outside Washington DC), and the last frost tends to be late April or early May.

The hydrangeas have a fair amount of new growth on them already -- 2 to 3 new green shoots, each about 2 inch long, with a few leaves, and I wonder if I'm going to kill the plants by planting them outdoors now. But the instruction says it is best for any delivered plants to be planted outside immediately.

What to do? And if the right thing is to hold off until much later when the danger of last frost is gone, then what do I do to keep these healthy for almost a month?

As a newbie on gardening, I'd really appreciate any advice.

Thanks in advance.

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hydrangeasnohio(6a)

If it was me I would plant it right away. If there is a chance of frost just cover it up for the night with a sheet or burlap. When they are that small make sure you give it plenty of water. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 11:48AM
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budderpopcorn(7)

Thanks, hydrangeasnohio. I called a local nursery, and their suggestion was the same: plant now, and if frost is anticipated, cover the plants up to protect the new leaves.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 9:24PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

If you ordered from a nursery like wayside they won't ship until it's your time to plant and if I does die you can get a free replacement, so I would go for it.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 7:06PM
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sue36(Z5 Maine)

If it is only one plant I would pot it up and let it grow in the pot until it is warmer. It will grow faster in the pot than in the ground right now.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 8:59PM
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