Monday, May 17, 2010

Pruned hydrangea yesterday. Today it’s supposed to be snowy and freezing cold...?

Should the plant be able to survive this? I don’t have much of a green thumb, and this plant came with the house I bought a few months ago so I know next to nothing about it except that it looked very neglected.

Stupid unseasonably warm weather over the weekend lulled me into thinking I could start gardening!

Pruned hydrangea yesterday. Today it’s supposed to be snowy and freezing cold...?
White hydrangeas like Annabelle can be pruned to the ground and come back, they bloom on the current season's wood. Hydrangeas that are blue or pink bloom on last year's wood and should not be pruned back until after they bloom. If you prune them in the spring, you may cut off the blooming wood and they won't bloom this year. The best rule of thumb for hydrangeas that you have inherited with the house, is let them bloom for one season so you can see what they are, and then prune accordingly next year.

Hydrangeas are deciduous unless in a warmer climate zone. I agree to cover it lightly with burlap if you have it. Usually you can trim back your Hydrangea after bloom time. A lot of people have gotten that spring itch since there has been some nice weather around different areas. Even though your shrubs may look leggy and need pruning, most plant specimens should be pruned in the fall and some in spring. I think your Hydrangea should be fine if it has a good root system established in the ground. There is a chance it may not produce blooms this year, but it also may.

I will link you to the properly pruning page of my website. There may be some good tips for you to see. I will also link you to the site map as this page has everything that is on the website. Browse through and see if there is any other information you could use with your Hydrangea or any other landscape project or plant specimen. Good luck to you and have a great day!



Reply:Cover it, but not with plastic that makes it freeze more,

perhaps you have an old sheet you can use

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