Hydrangea Plants
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Hydrangeas dead?

Zone 08807 | Tea added on April 21, 2017 | Answered

I have 3 hydrangeas--one of unknown variety as it was here when purchased home and 2 nikko blues that I planted. Unknown is in area that has become shaded over time but gets afternoon sun; nikko blues get sun all morning. I have deer problems and they have feasted. I tried pruning just below where deer ate but they do not seem to be recovering for past 2 years. What can I do to resurrect them or must give up? I try spraying them with repellant and fencing in winter. Unknown is shown in photo but nikko blues look same.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 25, 2017
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Tea
Answered on November 30, 2017

I cut back one to the ground and it grew nearly a foot in one week, so I cut the others back as well. They all grew back completely and I even got a few blooms on the Nikko blues! Thanks for the suggestion!

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Tea
Answered on April 25, 2017

Dear downtoearthdigs, I had read the articles you mentioned previously. When I did the pruning, it was at the end of the season before winter and I took care to remove dead canes and leave live ones. They just haven't come back. I will try cutting to the ground. These were beautiful for years before the deer damage.

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