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Poor Hydrangea, what should I do?

Posted by sceap 5 (My Page) on
Fri, May 17, 13 at 13:00

I have had a Hydrangea for long enough that i don't remember where it came from, but I do remember we had a few years of great blooms. The past few years, we got very little. Now it's Spring, most of the old growth looks dead from the cold winter. Though there are some leaves growing there, most of the green is coming up from the ground, and the old growth looks like a sad skeleton. So, am I right in assuming the cold is killing my buds, and is there anything I can do to prevent it next time?


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RE: Poor Hydrangea, what should I do?

Yep, that looks like winter dieback. Not at all uncommon in your zone - in fact, winter protection for bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) is pretty much a standard recommendation for climates lower than a zone 7.

Try searching the archives of this forum for methods - there have been numerous discussions on this subject. Or just Google "hydrangea winter protection".


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RE: Poor Hydrangea, what should I do?

Wait about 2 more weeks and then trim out the brown stems back to where there is new growth from them. There doesn't really need to be a uniform pruned shape, so it's fine to leave the canes that *do* have leaves coming from them all the way up.

It's possible you have an Endless Summer, David Ramsey or the like, where you can get blooms on new growth. In this case, you'd probably already see florets atop those new beefy canes in the center.

In December, try throwing an open 55-gallon trash bag over the plant. Cut a slit facing the porch to vent, and weigh the bag down with bricks or rocks so it doesn't make a lot of noise or blow away.That should keep it slightly warmer and keep moisture in. A lot of canes can dry out, causing their death, even if the buds themselves aren't killed.


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RE: Poor Hydrangea, what should I do?

Thanks to both of you for your speedy replies and suggestions! I'm not sure what the cultivar is, but I don't think it's the Endless Summer type, since I had basically the same problem last year and got very little bloomage. I will definitely try a plastic cover this winter. One problem with NH is we sometimes get freak hard frosts in early autumn. It probably got zapped early on and only got worse from there. I'm glad these plants are hard to kill permanently.

I'm new to these forums and I got great advice in only a few hours! Many thanks.


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RE: Poor Hydrangea, what should I do?

try ES but even that should be protected to give you early and more flowers


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RE: Poor Hydrangea, what should I do?

I am near your zone...all of my hydrangeas look like that after the winter...annabelles and endless summer.

If my Annabelles look like that, I just trim all of those tall ones (with or without leaves) down to the same area of the leafed out ones near the bottom. They grow up just fine.

Also, I have neglected to trim them and they still grew up and filled out just fine.

On the other hand...with Endless Summer, I believe you may be cutting off potential flowers if you would trim off the leafed out stalks...so for those, I just trim up anything that's obviously dead at this point....it looks funny for a bit, but eventually it all leafs out as the new growth catches up with the old.


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