1. Cutting Back Hydrangea (Amethyst)

Asked by Anonymous - April 17, 2011

Planted several hydrangea (mac, amethyst) last spring. This spring, there are new shoots forming at grade level but all last year’s shoots appear to be dead. Is it appropriate to cut back last year’s growth on this plant?

2. Mushroom Compost Around Hydrangeas

Asked by Anonymous - April 18, 2011

Is mushroom compost okay to use (about 2 inches deep) around hydrangeas? Should I lightly add 10/10/10? I live in Indiana, and the garden faces east with morning and early afternoon sun.

  • Mushroom compost is suitable for most garden plants. To get the greatest results when using mushroom compost, thoroughly mix it in with the garden soil prior to planting or allow it to sit over winter and apply in spring.

3. Prune My Hydrangea in Winter

Asked by Anonymous - April 19, 2011

I love your knowledge on plants of all kinds. When I need to know, I go to your section and find out how. I would like to know how I should prune my hydrangea in winter. I live in Rio Rancho, NM.

4. Hydrangeas – Pruning Mistake

Asked by Anonymous - April 19, 2011

I cut my dead hydrangea bushes to the ground, not understanding the proper pruning of hydrangeas. Have I ruined them forever? I see a few green leaves. What is the prognosis?


5. Peegee Hydrangea

Asked by Anonymous - April 21, 2011

I live in MA and bought a Peegee hydrangea this spring. I planted it, taking the right precautions (planted in the right depth, loosened the roots, didn’t compact the soil when putting it in w/the flowers). It looked great for about two weeks. It did get a bit cold but was doing okay after that. However, it recently (within the last two days) has completely wilted. I tried watering but did not want to overwater the flower. I pruned back a few of the dead flowers and leaves but that did not do anything either. Did I plant it too early? And if so, will it revive itself in the summer?

  • It may have been planted a bit too early, but through no fault of your own. It went from greenhouse conditions to real world conditions, and this can be hard on a plant. As long as the stems are alive, it will be fine.

6. Hydrangea Turning Brown at Tips

Asked by Anonymous - April 21, 2011

I purchased some strawberry and cream hydrangea. The tips of the leaves are turning brown, then work its way down the leaf. It looks like a blight, but not sure. I don’t see any insects on the leaves eating them, but my eyesight leaves a little to be desired.

  • Typically, in hydrangea, this is caused by a watering issue. If they are newly planted, there may be gaps in the soil around the root balls that are drying out the roots. I would tamp down the soil around them well. I would also recommend upping the watering for the plants.

7. Hydrangea Pruning

Asked by Anonymous - April 25, 2011

I have an Endless Summer hydrangea bush that I did not trim back last fall. Should I cut it back now? I see there are green leaves surfacing from the ground.

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