Hydrangea...should I Cut The Branches ? - Knowledgebase Question

Princeton Junction, NJ
Question by sundartrajan
May 5, 2002
I planted 3 hydrangeas ( 2 Gallon size ) last May, bought from the local nursery. 2 of them are Nikko Blue and one is some pink variety. They flowered good last year after I planted them.

This spring I see all the branches still bare and the leaves are coming up from the base. I saw some of the neighbours hydrangeas are growing leaves on their branches.

I snapped top part of the branches of to see whther they are dead and they snapped like hard wood. Is there any chance of them to come back? Should I cut back all the bare branches? Or should I exchange the plants ( I still have 1 year warranty, but about to expire in couple of weeks)

ANy info is appreciated. Also to make the Nikko blue hydrangeas to have blue color what fertilizer I should put and can I fertilize now?


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Answer from NGA
May 5, 2002

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a complete slow release granular fertilizer such as 10-10-10 should be adequate, read and follow the label instructions.

Good luck with your hydrangeas. Maybe they will leaf out this coming week. a complete slow release granular fertilizer such as 10-10-10 should be adequate, read and follow the label instructions.

Good luck with your hydrangeas. Maybe they will leaf out this coming week.

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