Climbing Hydrangea

plantlover123September 25, 2008

I bought 2 climbing hydrangeas this summer and planted in half sun half shade. Both did well - no flowers this year but I heard they are slow to establish. My question is, what do I do for the winter? Do I cut down once the frost starts? Or do I just cover? We get a lot of snow but they are planted against the garage so they dont need wind protection. Also, when can I expect to see flowers. Any help would be appreciated.

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luis_pr(7b/8a)

Hello, plantlover. I suggest you just mulch them: put 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm) of any type of acidic mulch past the drip line. H. petiolaris may take years to bloom or it may surprise you when you least expect it.

It appears that, once it reaches the top of whatever it is attached to, it then blooms. But there have been exceptions reported by some people so... your best bet may be to ignore it (but of course always maintain the soil moist and feed it with cottonseed meal or manure in June).

    Bookmark   September 25, 2008 at 7:11PM
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