Cut back struggling transplanted hydrangeas

westseattledebAugust 6, 2010

I took the advice of joanne and gardengal and cut three hydrangeas that were struggling from transplanting. I cut them from just over 5' to around 2' (where I could see healthy new shoots on many of the branches).

Should I also thin them out more? I don't know the variety, as they were rescued from a neighbor that had planted them in too small of an area and was going to throw them away. They were crowded in a 3' diameter half circle plot, along with a large camelia, so were very narrow from crowding.

Also, should I fertilize or just keep watered well; they were planted with lots of organic compost.

Here's one after cutting back:

And before cutting back, showing a few underwhelming blooms:

Thank you.

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You may get other advice---but if it were me, I'd leave them be now. Come Spring when you see new growth, then cut off the dead wood above the new growth shoots.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 6:25PM
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Thanks. That was my gut instinct, as it is difficult to tell what is still living. Some branches that looked dead actually had new growth sprouting further up the plant that I didn't notice until I'd already cut it off.

Any idea what variety they might be? Or are they too sickly to ID?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 6:31PM
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