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Central NC
Feb 8, 2018 5:47 PM CST
My new planted hydrangeas did great last spring and summer but when winter came both the leaves and stem wilted, did I totally lose the plant or will it revive in spring?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 8, 2018 6:14 PM CST

You don't say how cold your temperatures or what kind of Hydrangea you have. But, my Hydrangea die back to just a couple buds and sometimes to the ground. They always come back and bloom. If you planted a Hydrangea appropriate for your area and climate, it will be back.

If you have stems, don't prune them until they start to bud out, then you can cut above the buds.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 8, 2018 7:59 PM CST
There are two different types of hydrangeas !
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
Feb 10, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Hydrangeas are deciduous so when winter (specifically temps below 32F) arrives, the leaves die and the blooms turn brown if they are not brown by then already. Ice crystals will develop in the leaves if the temps go well below freezing. This winter injury will then make the leaves look downright ugly... sometimes they turn almost blackish but most times they are dark greenish.

If winter is mild in souther locations, it is possible the hydrangeas may not loose a single leaf: oakleaf hydrangeas will hold on to their nice fall foliage until leaf out time and then the old leaves will drop some time after the new leaves come out. Mopheads will also do this in very warm zones like USDA 12 or so but, what you are most likely to see in NC is a browning of leaves around the end of October or in November. Further south, you may see the browning in late November to December. Around mid Florida, mopheads will sometimes go dormant in January. In USDA Zone 12 and 13, mopheads may not go dormant and do like the oakleaf hydrangeas.

Hydrangeas should "revive in Spring" and again, the weather may influence that. I have had hydrangeas leafing out quite early the last 3-4 years. Oakleaf hydrangeas leaf out first and have done that as early as February. I suggest that you write down in a wall calendar or in an electronic calendar when they leaf out for you so you have an idea what is 'normal' in your area.

The opposite is also true: sometimes they are late leafing out. It is recommended that you do not prune dead looking stems in Spring. Instead wait until the end of May. If you have not gotten leaf out by then, you can prune the dead looking sticks/stems all the way down.
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