Any chance of living though winter?

nyboyOctober 29, 2012

I picked up 10 potted hydrangea cheap at end of season sale. Most only had a few leaves, as I was planting them I noticed lots of buds on stems. I know its to close to freezing weather for them to not freeze, will this kill the bush?

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It may. It would help to know what type of hydrangea do you have, not to mention what zone you are in. I just bought a batch of Quickfire on sale, which I was quite enthused about as well. Placing a layer of several inches of mulch around the entire rootball would help. Perhaps even surrounding the plant with a tomato cage or similar apparatus filled with leaves would help as well. The goal will be to protect the plant from freeze/thaw and wind damage. Still, much of the plant could be killed back during a harsh winter, but new shoots may emerge from the ground if well protected.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 7:56PM
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If you experience cold winters (Zone 6 pr colder), another option is to keep the plants potted in a garage, water them once every 1-2 weeks and plant them in the ground about 2 weeks after your area's average date of last freeze. Do not fertilize them now; the potting medium probably already has those round fertilizer pellets anyways.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 3:14AM
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