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Subject: Hydrangea help please
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 9:23 AM ET
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Last year I got two endless summer hydrangeas and they did well...but I did nothing to overwinter them (not sure if I was supposed to - zone 8b).  Now they are bare sticks sticking out of the ground.  Am I supposed to cut them back?  They look dead.  :(  One does look like it might have some new growth but the other is completely bare.  Stuff is starting to grow and bloom on the gulf coast - our cold and frost danger is gone now.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 10:36 AM ET
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Did you find the web page that tells about a zillion kind of hydrangeas?  It might help.

I found it because when I placed my Bluestone order, I was a couple of dollars short of getting a free plant.  Well, clearly I had to add something to that order and get something free, right? 

They were out of the free lilac which I hadn't wanted until then, and I'd asked DH if he wanted any more daylilies and he'd said "No" (this was late at night and he wasn't home anyway), so I finally ordered a hydrangea tardiva and now I have to find a place to put it when it comes.  It seems to be a small tree, lol.  DH later says a daylily would have been fine (well then, don't say you don't want them, right?).  Yes, I do post from my little rubber room.

I don't know if this is at all helpful, but here's the site:  hydrangeas

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 12:31 PM ET
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Thanks Diana.  I have searched around but couldn't find the answer.  I thought someone here might just know, lol!  I'm sure if I look harder I'll stumble on it somewhere....

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I'm sorry but aside from being in the totally wrong zone, I'm not a hydrangea person.  I know what you mean about hoping someone knows.  I guess my husband likes them - not sure what kind, probably not the one I bought.

I had no idea there were so many kinds of the things though.  I wanted the oakleaf one but it wasn't really appropriate - maybe not hardy enough or something.  I hope someone smarter comes along or you'll try Gardenweb.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 1:15 AM ET
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i wouldn't do anything to it at all. Sometimes it takes a long time for them to bud out; I know that one plant I had I always thought had died but was told to wait & sure enough in MAY of all things it finally started budding out. So I would just let it sit for a while & see what transpires

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 12:03 PM ET
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Thanks Katrina - that's what I'm thinking too, since I can't find anything anywhere that says I'm supposed to cut them down.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 7:30 PM ET
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I agree with Katrina. Doing nothing right now is the best thing. Also, hydrangeas bloom on new growth and often that comes out on stalks that look dead at first. But if you prune in the spring they won't bloom at all that year. Best time to prune is late in the summer--September or October. In zone 8 you shouldn't have to worry too much about mulching over for the winter. Good luck!
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 11:06 PM ET
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I was freaking out about my PeeGee (prune anytime) but it just started budding out.

You can prune the Endless Summer anytime, I'm pretty sure, but you might want to go out and see if the branches/limbs/sticks are still springy. I killed one last winter by not watering it and it ended up crunchy and dead. If it's still 'green', I'd assume you've got no worries. :)

Ekk, on the small tree thing, Diana. I'm getting a Tardiva in an upcoming trade, so now I have to rethink my original spot.



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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 8:19 AM ET
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Stacy,

I just think I figured out what people do with the Tardivas ;-) 

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 1:27 PM ET
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We put black plastic bags over our hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and azaleas over the winter. It really does seem to help - keeps them warmer AND keeps the deer and rabbits from munching!



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