Pink Elf Hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

Plymouth, MA
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Question by cmckenna55
May 29, 2005
Over the past several years, I have bought many of your plants - paraticularly, roses, agapanthus, honeysuckle, hydrangeas. I recently bought several Pink Elf hydrangeas, which I plan on keeping in containers through the summer. Will I be able to plant these in the ground this fall? If I can, when is the latest I should do this? If I can't plant this fall, can I bring the plants in over the winter?

Thanks for your help,
Catherine McKenna

Answer from NGA
May 29, 2005
You can plant these in the fall but the earlier in the fall the better, say early September. You want to allow a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks prior to the ground freezing. This will allow more time for it to become rooted before the stress of winter. I would also suggest planting it in a very sheltered spot with protection from the winter winds and applying a deep mulch in late fall. You may also want to provide a wind break and possibly wrap it for the winter.

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