Hydrangeas forum: Annabelle Hydrangea

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DesireeT
Jun 28, 2017 5:21 PM CST
I have a few Annabelle hydrangeas that were nibbled on last night by deer. I just sprayed liquid fence all around the area. My question is will it produce another bloom this year? If so, why if anything do I need to do? Thanks
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Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
luis_pr
Oct 4, 2017 1:48 AM CST
Technically, Annabelle and its cousins are not rebloomers. But if you see the white blooms starting to turn green, you can cut the green blooms and it blooms again.... for some people. I have seen people get reblooms around August in Zone 3 and heard of others who live around Pittsburgh.

Left alone, on its own, my Annabelle did not rebloom for me. Then... when I was going to try pruning, disaster strikes.... I never finished "the experiment" as my dogs and a squirrel had other plans and killed the shrub. Sighing! .... You gotta love those pooches, I tell you. Rolling on the floor laughing

I was going to try to prune the blooms since Anna blooms very early for me and it would be nice to get another set of blooms. And I wanted to see if it would do that in my Zone 8. By August, my usual Annabelle blooms are pretty much history (brown or pretty close to brown).

If your growing season is short, Annabelle may react quickly to the shorter days and the lesser amount of sunlight. And not rebloom. But one can try and experiment, right? I was unable to experiment but, your deer started the experiment for you; see what happens.

My original plan was to prune (1) when one bloom started to turn green, (2) when one bloom was still all white, (3) when one bloom was mostly green and (4) when one flower bud opened.

If you have noticed any new blooms thanks to the deer, let us know.
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