The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea

Question: I purchased 4 hydrangea plants in Feb. from a big box store. No info. was given on the type. The large blooms started dying around March 20. Why? These plants were inside. I put them outside on the porch with sunlight after the weather changed to 65 - 70 degrees. What can I do to stop the blooms from dying now? Don't the blooms last until it gets cold? I live in zone 8

Answer: It's a little early for hydrangeas to be in bloom so I suspect the plants were forced to bloom out of season. They will eventually revert back to their normal bloom cycle which is eary summer through fall if you plant them outdoors. Hydrangeas need morning sun and filtered shade in the afternoons. They will bloom on new wood so each spring you need to cut them back to encourage lots of new flowering stems. Give your plants a little time and they will get back into a regular growing/blooming cycle. enjoy!

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