The Q&A Archives: Potting Hydrangea

Question: I just purchased a beautiful Limelight Hydrangea! I have heard you can pot it and keep outdoors. I bought a large pot made of synthetic resin, planted it as a patio planter.

My concern is what do I do in the winter? Do I cut the plant down, just keep it as big as it is? Leave it outside/bring it in, or put it in a protected area outside?

It's too beautiful to risk losing, HELP!

Sue Williams
Mchenry, Illinois

Answer: Limelight Hydrangea is an extraordinary new Hydrangea with exquisite bright lime-green flowers. The color is breathtakingly beautiful, and adds much needed color to the late summer landscape. Excellent vigor and floriferous blooming, Limelight presents itself well in a container. 'Limelight' has unique bright green blooms in mid-summer that holds it's bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color to a rich deep pink. The autumn display of green and pink blooms on the same plant is breathtaking!

Limelight is hardy in your growing region but since your plant will be in a container you should either bury the container in the ground or wrap insulating material around (and beneath) the container to protect the roots from extreme winter cold. Wait until early spring to prune your hydrangea.

Best wishes with your Limelight!

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