Hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Plymouth, NH
Question by emrhem
March 31, 1999
I just received a hydrangea plant - May I plant the bulbs now in the spring or do I need to wait until the Fall? Do I need to dig them up in the Fall?


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Answer from NGA
March 31, 1999

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I'm a bit confused - Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that grows from a rootmass, not from bulbs. If in fact you have the standard garden variety of Hydrangea, plant it now and leave it in the ground all year 'round. Hydrangeas produce blossoms on new shoots that grow from the previous year's wood. If you prune carefully after the blooms are spent, taking one-third to one-half of the old wood, new flowering shoots will appear the following spring. Hope this answers your question?

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