The Q&A Archives: Leaves That Are Wilted On A Newly Planted Hydrangea Because Of Frost

Question: I planted a ruby red hydrangea in september that was supposed to be okay for zone 5. After a frost the leaves wilted to the ground - I am a new gardener - does this mean the plant is dead is will it come back in the spring.

Answer: Hydrangeas are deciduous and their leaves drop each winter when the weather turns cold. The plant should leaf out again next spring. Do not trim off the old stems because the flower buds for next year are on the old stems. Also, you might want to provide some protection from winter wind for it as well as a good layer of mulch over the root zone. Enjoy your hydrangea!

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