Hydrangea Plants

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  1. Mushroom Compost Around Hydrangeas
  2. Prune My Hydrangea in Winter
  3. Hydrangeas – Pruning Mistake
  4. Peegee Hydrangea
  5. Hydrangea Turning Brown at Tips
  6. Hydrangea Pruning
  7. Moving Hydrangea Plants
Asked by Anonymous on April 18, 2011
Mushroom Compost Around Hydrangeas

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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 19, 2011
Prune My Hydrangea in Winter

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.

Asked by Anonymous on April 20, 2011
Hydrangeas – Pruning Mistake

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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They will grow back fine, but you will most likely not see blooming this year. Next year it will bloom fine.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 21, 2011
Peegee Hydrangea

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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 21, 2011
Hydrangea Turning Brown at Tips

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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 25, 2011
Hydrangea Pruning

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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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on April 25, 2011
Moving Hydrangea Plants

I live in Greensboro, NC and am selling my house. I have four hydrangea plants that I want to take with me. The oldest is over 10 years old and the newest about 4 years. What month should I move them, and will they survive in Highland, NC (mountain area)?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is hard to say if they will survive in the new location. Most likely they will, but I would need to know the variety to say for certain. In terms of moving them, the 10 year old plant would probably not make the move, but the 4 year old plant might. You run the risk of losing the plants if they are large, as larger plants are more susceptible to transplant shock. I would recommend taking cuttings, regardless if you move them or not. That way if they die when moved, you will still have their offspring to plant. This article will help with that:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/hydrangea/hydrangea-propagation.htm

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