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Best time to plant a hydrangea

Posted by msalcido 7/8 (Dallas/Ft.Worth (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 6, 10 at 11:36

Hello all,
I'm about to order a Akishino-Temari Hydrangea and Amethyst. The nursery does not ship until September 1. My question is this - Would the hydrangeas be ok planting in September or should I wait until October/November? I live in Dallas, which in September it is still very hot here.
I've read somewhere they need a good couple of months to establish the root system and prepare for the winter months. If I wait until October will they survive the winter?

All help is appreciated.

Mike


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RE: Best time to plant a hydrangea

Hi Mike, This may not be much help coming from "usually" cool Coastal MA but, I would think that getting them in the ground sooner would be better. Where you are only getting 2 plants, it probably wouldn't be too hard to put some screening from the sun if you should have a really bad spell. I'm a believer and a user of the sideways lawn chair with the back over the plant to shield it! I've done it with Rhodys that have been moved to a new location and haven't become acclimated to their new surroundings as well as hydrangeas. The chairs are so easy to move too as the sun moves. Not exactly the scientific approach but it does work. Your plants will need as much time as possible to get a good root system going for gorgeous flowers for next year! This is just my opinion, I'm sure there will be others who live in your area that may be more helpful!

Good luck,

Donna


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