Ask a Question forum: Overwintering precious old Hydrangea in zone 7

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Williamsburg, Virginia
Aug 15, 2017 4:07 PM CST
I took a beautiul OLD hydrangea from VA to OH from my parent's yard after they passed away. It grew to be a huge plant but only bloomed once in 5 years. I learned the wrong zone may have been the cause. Now I am back in VA (zone 7B) with the plant. The deer ate the plant down to the ground and now I have it in a pot on my deck. Once established again, can I overwinter it in my garage and bring it out each year? We are not allowed to keep fencing up around shrubs (against condo rules), so I fear trying to keep it in the ground. We are deer heaven here in Williamsburg. Option 2: to leave it on my sunny deck throughout the Fall/winter and covering if temps dropped too low. It is a cherished plant for me and I would hate to lose it! Thanks!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Aug 15, 2017 5:19 PM CST

Another option that it might be happier with would be to plant it in the ground and spray it occasionally with a deer repellent.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Aug 15, 2017 8:50 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Karen
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Aug 15, 2017 9:20 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, teesyl! Since it is so precious, my suggestion for when it recovers, is to also take some cuttings and propagate it so you have more than one of them. There is a lot of good info out on the web about making Hydrangea cuttings. I agree it would do the best in the ground and kept safe with deer repellents.
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