The Q&A Archives: plants

Question: Can I plant a hydrangea plant now or do I need to wait to spring? All of the flowers are off the plant.

Can a gardenia plant to planted outside?

Answer: You could plant a hydrangea now as long as you are careful water as needed to supplement rain so the soil stays evenly moist -- meaning damp like a wrung out sponge. It should be planted in a location with morning-only sun or bright dappled light all day and mulched with several inches of organic mulch to help keep the soil more evenly damp and cool.

A gardenia can be kept outdoors during the summer months, but it has to be over wintered indoors in your Illinois climate with its cold winters.

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