container grown hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, pa
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Question by forthwrite
June 21, 2006

i just purchased one of your pink elf hydrangeas, which i intend to keep potted and outside until the frost. i want to bring the plant indoors over the winter and to move it outside again in the spring. Any growing tips?


Answer from NGA
June 21, 2006
Your hydrangea will do better if you keep it outside until late fall so it goes dormant, then bring it into a sheltered but cool (above freezing but below 40 to 45 degrees) location such as an unheated garage. Keep the soil just barely damp while it is indoors. Then take it back outdoors in the early spring so it can wake up naturally with the season, but take care to protect it from frost once it begins to bud and leaf out. General growing tips would include placing the plant in morning only sun or bright dappled light all day, keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, be sure the container drains well and fertilize with a slow release granular fertilizer (follow label directions)during the growing the season. Enjoy your hydrangea!

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