Wintering Hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Phelps, NY
Question by RJRISHEL
July 17, 2000
I BOUGHT MY HYDRANGEA FROM MILLERS. THE LEAVES
ARE OUT, BUT THEY ARE NOT FULLY OUT, THEY LOOK
VERY SMALL, THERE IS A TINY FLOWER THAT HAS DEVELOPED, ITS SMALL TOO. COULD THIS BE BECAUSE
ITS JUST STARTED THIS YEAR.

ALSO. COULD I PUT A ROSE COVER OVER IT FOR THE WINTER. WE GET ALOT OF SNOW & WIND. THE COVER IS WHITE FOAM. THEY SAVED MY ROSES LAST YEAR.
I THOUGHT IT WOULD HELP OTHER PLANTS AND
SHRUBS


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Answer from NGA
July 17, 2000

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Hydrangeas do best when protected from wind, so it might be helpful to cover it. However, the plant will ultimately be far too large for a cone, so it would be better to plant it in a sheltered location. This is important for hydrangeas that bloom only on old wood such as the bigleaf types. Incidentally, snow is an excellent insulator so it's actually good to have snow on the ground when the cold temperatures hit.

I am not sure why your plant seems to be stunted. Make sure it is planted in an evenly moist yet not soggy soil that is rich in humous. Keep several inches of organic mulch over the root zone to help keep the sol cool and moist. If you suspect a problem with the plant itself, you might want to contact the supplier.

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