Hydrangeas forum: Help for hydrangea

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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Apr 23, 2016 2:07 PM CST
Hi, there,

My hydrangea leafed out too early and most of the new growth froze. It looks ugly so I cut it back by half, and took the opportunity to pull out ivy that was growing around the lower stems, but also noticed that it seems there are many more dead sticks (I mean with no growth or buds at all) than live ones. I think it's an accumulation over the years... Is there anything I need to do to "refresh" it?
(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Apr 23, 2016 5:46 PM CST
It sounds like you have done what i would do. If you have it mulched maybe you could rake the old mulch back and put new.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Apr 23, 2016 8:37 PM CST
But is it "okay" for all those dead sticks to be there, or do they need to be cut down from the base?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Apr 24, 2016 5:01 PM CST
I'd wait just a bit to see what branches will resprout. Then you can out the old branches.

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