Hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

Glen Ellyn, Il
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Question by katschmitt
July 2, 2010
My hydrangeas grow so large they fall over. Is there anything I can do about this? I cut them way back early spring.

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010
Rapid growth can cause spindly, weak stems. Warm weather encourages rapid growth but so does lack of sufficient sunlight (4 hours daily), rich soil and/or over fertilization. There's not much you can do to control the weather but you can be careful with feeding. As a last ditch effort you can stake up the branches so they don't drag on the ground. Best wishes with your hydrangea!

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