When to protect hydrangea in NE Ohio?
I have a new Forever and Ever Series "Blue Heaven" hydrangea that I just planted this early summer. This coming weeks lows will get to the lower 30's. Should I be protecting now? The plant still has all it's leaves on.
I am new to hydrangea's and don't really know what to expect.
I know that the plant blooms on old and new wood, but I'd like to keep the old's too. I have chicken wire fencing, oak leaves and pine needles to cover with.
When do others in the general area do their winter protecting? Should the plant have lost it's leaves before doing this? Or do I protect even with them on?
I have searched the forum about the subject and read about protecting. One poster said to protect 2 to 3 weeks before the first hard frost.
Any ideas? I'd hate to lose my blooms that will come next year.