Hydrangea

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Botanical name: Hydrangea

Plant type: Shrub

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Part Sun, Shade

Soil type: Any

Soil pH: Acidic
, Slightly Acidic to Neutral, Neutral
, Neutral to Slightly Alkaline

Flower color: Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, White

Bloom time: Summer, Fall

With immense billowy blossoms, hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist. Colors also beguile with clear blues, vibrant pinks, frosty whites, lavender, and rose—sometimes all blooming on the same plant!

The colors of some H. macrophylla  flowers are affected by the relative availability of aluminum ions in the soil. Acidic soils with a pH of less than 5.5 produce blue flowers; soils with a pH greater than 5.5 product pink flowers. White flowers are not affected by pH.

Unrivaled in the shrub world, these elegant ladies are easy to cultivate, tolerate almost any soil, and produce flowers in mid-summer through fall (when little else may be in bloom). Hydrangeas are excellent for a range of garden sites from group plantings to shrub borders to containers.

Planting

  • Most hydrangeas thrive in rich, porous, somewhat moist soils. Add compost to enrich poor soil.
  • They prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade; however, many will grow and bloom in partial shade. This is especially true for the bigleaf hydrangeas (see Recommended Varieties below).
  •  Plant in spring or fall.
  • Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide.
  • Set the plant in the hole and fill it half full with soil. Water. After water is drained, fill the rest of the hole with soil.
  • Water thoroughly.
  • Space multiple hydrangeas about 3 to 10 feet apart.

Care

For the first year or two after planting and during any drought, be sure hydrangeas get plenty of water. Leaves will wilt if the soil is too dry.

PRUNING!

  • When growing H. macrophylla varieties in Zones 4 and 5, don't prune unless absolutely necessary, and then do so immediately AFTER blooming. Otherwise, remove only dead stems in the spring.

If you need to prune an older hydrangea, it depends on which variety you have.

  • The common Bigleaf hydrangea should be pruned AFTER flowers fade (late spring/early summer). If you prune before bloom, you may not have blossoms the following spring.
  • Oakleaf, panicle, and smooth hydrangeas blossom on the current seasons' wood so they should be pruned BEFORE bloom when plant is dormant, i.e. late winter or early spring.

In the fall, cover plants to a depth of at least 18 inches with bark mulch, leaves, pine needles, or straw. If at all possible, cover the entire plant, tip included, by making cages out of snow fencing or chicken wire, and loosely filling the cages with leaves. (Do not use maple leaves.)

Pests

Click links for common pest pages:

Gray mold

Slugs

Powdery mildew

Rust

Ringspot virus

Leaf spots

Harvest/Storage

Try drying hydrangea flowers to create a wreath or other decorations around the house:

  • Harvest the heads when the flowers have matured and developed a papery consistency.
  • Remove leaves from stems, and hang upside down in a warm, dry, dark, airy room.
  • When completely dry (usually a couple of weeks), store in a dry location out of direct sunlight.
  • To enhance flower color, spritz dry flowers with diluted Rit dye.

Recommended Varieties

There are two main groups of hydrangeas.

Group 1: Plants that bloom on new growth (this year's stems)

These hydrangeas, which form their buds in early summer on new growth, will flower reliability each year, requiring no special care.

  • Panicle hydrangeas ( H. paniculata) are hardy to Zone 3 and boast fat, cone-shaped flower heads. They are a good choice for a beginner. The most common cultivar is 'Grandiflora', or P.G. (PeeGee) after its initials, a big old-fashioned floppy shrub that is 10 to 15 feet tall.
  • Smooth hydrangeas (H. arborescens) or "snowballs" are excellent for cold climates, flowering reliability in Zone 3. The flowers look like oversized white-flowered pop-poms. Look for cultivars 'Grandiflora' and 'Annabelle' which produce large blooms in late summer.

Group 2: Plants that bloom on old growth (last year's stems)

If you live in Zone 8 or warmer, choose plants from this group.

  • Oakleaf hydrangeas (H. quercifolia) exhibit incredible bud hardiness and thrive in Zone 5. This graceful plant is noted for its spectacular fall colors that range from red to purplish burgundy. The flower heads turn a rich brown that lasts all winter. Try 'Snow Queen', 'Snow Flake', and 'Alice.'
  • Bigleaf hydrangeas (H. macrophylla) are the most common species and come in two flower shapes: Mopheads (or Hortensias) which are hardy to Zone 6 and bear large, ball-shaped flowers and lacecaps which are suitable for Zones 5 to 9 and form airy, elegant, flat-topped clusters of flowers. We love 'All Summer Beauty' (Hortensia) which has profuse, dark blue flowers, pinker on soil near neutral. 'Nikko Blue' (Hortensia) is vigorous, with large, rounded blue flowers. 'Blue Wave' (Lacecap) produces rich blue to mauve or lilac-blue to pink flowers.
  • Climbing hydrangeas are just magnificent, lighting up the trunk of a tall tree. This vine blooms from late June to early July, exhibiting flat, lace, creamy-white flowers against glossy leaves.

Wit & Wisdom

It is possible to change the flowers' colors but not instantly. Color correction takes weeks, even months. It is easier to change blue flowers to pink than pink to blue. Wait until the plant is at least 2 years old to give it time to recover fro the shock of its original planting.

  • Start with the Hydrangea macrophylla variety. Have your soil pH tested.
  • To get blue flowers, you need to lower the pH, which you can do by adding sulfur or peat moss to the soil.  To get pink to light red flowers, add ground limestone only around the plant; a pH above 7.5 will result in poor growth.

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Comments

We planted a hydrangea last

By Sara M on August 19

We planted a hydrangea last summer in full sun because that's what we were told when we bought the plant. The plant has plenty of flowers on it but they are all looked burned/dried out and nothing comes to full bloom or color. The leaves are doing awesome! We honestly have no other place to transplant this poor hydrangea. Is there any suggestions on how to help it to recover?

We moved in November and

By desdemona on August 17

We moved in November and inherited, among other things, two hydrangea bushes. I did not know what they were, but they hand long straw-like stems sticking up, which I removed in the Spring, pretty much down to the ground. I now have what I know to be hydrangea "bushes" with lush, gorgeous leaves, but no flowers--they have been growing all summer. I live in Zone 5. Should they have bloomed by now? Will they bloom at all? If not this year, can I hope they might bloom next year? I don't know if they are "new wood" hydrangeas or not--I may have removed old wood when I pruned back all of what I thought was dead stems (when I didn't know what they were)...perennial/hydrangea newbie needing help.

Your hydrangeas should have

By Almanac Staff on August 18

Your hydrangeas should have bloomed by now. You may have removed flower buds when you pruned the bushes this spring. Don't prune at all this fall or next spring and you may have blooms next year. You will then be able to identify what type of hydrangea you have.

I bought three hydrangea

By Nerys Cothren on August 17

I bought three hydrangea trees online in the spring and when I received them there was no growth of any kind. We planted them in the back and they have been growing, now, they are pee gee and my queastion is kinda complex. They are not growing up, only out. If that is understandable. I don't know what to do to get hem to grow up. Should I prune them back? Should I just let them go? I want them to look like a tree not a shrub but am unsure as to how to prune or not prune. I live in hardiness zone 7 and the soil is perfect for planting.They are very slow growing and I think it is because they need to be in the direct sun. Should I move them and if so can I move them now? It is late August and I wonder if I move them will it affect thier growth and leave them too vunerable for the cold weather that is coming.

Hi! My endless summer was

By Denise S on August 16

Hi! My endless summer was planted late spring this year. I noticed a couple of days ago that the leaves are getting some dark rusty looking spots. I only had one bloom and it last as expected. Other than the spots, the plant looks good. I don't know if this is an insect that I didn't see or a fungus. Any suggestions? Thanks!

We have a large beautiful

By gjesvk on August 6

We have a large beautiful Hydrangea that came with our home. This is our second summer there and it is enormous now. I did not prune it last year because I was not sure when to. About a month ago the blooms started dying and it hasn't bloomed since. The foliage is still green and doesn't seem to be dying. There are thick stems which I'm assuming are dead stems from last year. Any ideas as to what I need to do? It looks to be the same as the one pictured right above the comments.

Please see our pruning advice

By Almanac Staff on August 7

Please see our pruning advice on this page. It is important to know what type of hydrangea you have before pruning. You can always cut back spent flowers and dead stems.

I have a big leaf hydrangea.

By wes capan on August 1

I have a big leaf hydrangea. Five feet tall and five feet wide it's aug. no flowers what is his problem. Can I help it out

Hi Wes, Please read some of

By Almanac Staff on August 7

Hi Wes,
Please read some of the questions and answers on this page that address this topic.
There are several reasons for no blooms on hydrangeas. Too much high nitrogen fertilizer results in lush foliage at the expense of blooms. Too much shade is another problem. Cold weather in spring which kills flower buds. If you prune at the wrong time, you could be removing the flower buds.

I recently bought a house,

By StacyS22968 on August 1

I recently bought a house, and I inherited a beautiful, large, healthy hydrangea grandiflora - my favorite - in blue/violet. However, it is SO big, it is taking over part of my front porch. I know I need to wait until it stops blooming before I prune, but how far back is TOO far back? It really needs to be knocked down about 2 feet, but I won't consider moving it. It's perfect where it is - just HUGE! Help?

My neighbour has three in her

By Sonya Conlin on August 3

My neighbour has three in her garden in early spring she cuts them back to just 20cms and they look beautiful every year they get bigger.

I have 2 hydrangea bushes on

By Mary Jerore on August 1

I have 2 hydrangea bushes on the Eastside of house. They receive shade in the late part of the day. Plenty of blossoms but they only have opened on the outer edge. The middle part has blossoms that are not opening. This has happened 2 years in a row. We live in Zone 5. Do they need more fertilizer, or Bloom Burst. They do get watered frequently in the morning.

Mary, I wonder if you have

By Gellar wright on August 8

Mary, I wonder if you have lace caps. They tend to look as if they haven't fully opened. But, that is what makes them lace caps. Hope this helps.

Hello. I have a couple

By Tina Rust on July 31

Hello. I have a couple questions regarding my hydrangea I don't know the type. I live in zone 6b. My mom gave me a cut back of hers. I planted it but it stopped growing and has no blooms. It might be a foot tall, if that.leaves are green and looks good. I do have it in full sun and am not sure if that's the problem. I'm stuck and not sure what to do from here. Thanks!

You may have received a plant

By LN on August 4

You may have received a plant that does not allow for growth on new wood and only blooms on its original stems. If this is the case, it will be a very pretty green shrub, but most likely will not bloom. I have chosen the limelight specifically because it blooms on new wood. Find out the particular variety your mother gave you and find out if it is one that blooms on new wood. If it does, when you are pruning, make certain you cut just above the bud, or you may be pruning off your new future flower. If it does not allow for growth on new wood, it may never blossom.

I live in north central

By JeanOden on July 30

I live in north central Alabama, and have 4 endless summer hydrangeas. they get morning sun and shade after noon. last year we pruned them and this year no blooms. when is the best time to prune? Also, is it possible to propagate them or should I just buy more?

Be very careful pruning

By Almanac Staff on July 31

Be very careful pruning Endless Summer hydrangea. They flower on both old and new stems so you pruned off their flower buds which is why there weren't flowers for you.
If they are young plants, we would just leave the alone and not prune at all. When they get older, you could just lighten prune the spent flower heads or deadhead the old blooms. Unlike many other varieties of hydrangeas, you really don't need to prune them much; once new growth has taken off, just go in and remove any dead/old wood from the winter.

My plants have big green

By Melanie Gannon

My plants have big green leaves and plentiful large flowers, but the branches are so thin they cannot hold then up. What should I do?

Your hydrangeas need to be

By Almanac Staff

Your hydrangeas need to be pruned! This will encourage stronger stems that are less likely to droop over with the weight of big flower heads. We're not sure which variety of hydrangea you own and the pruning differs by variety so please see this page for more information on pruning.

I have several bushes 0f

By elaine Dickerson

I have several bushes 0f Hydrangeas but none of them are blooming what can I do about this.

My hydrangeas which have

By Connie Gallagher

My hydrangeas which have bloomed in the past are not developing blossoms this year or last. Is there something I can add to the soil?

I have the same question as

By Linda Hammett

I have the same question as this person. My
plants are putting out tremendous foliage
without blooms. What should I do?

Same problem... there are

By pat wetzler

Same problem... there are lots of leaves and no flowers this year but in the past it was gorgeous.

There are several reasons for

By Almanac Staff

There are several reasons for no blooms on hydrangeas. 1. Too much high nitrogen fertilizer results in lush foliage at the expense of blooms. 2. Too much shade is another problem. 3. Cold weather or frosts which kill flower buds or a cultivar which is not bud-hardy for your zone. 4. If you prune at the wrong time, you could be removing the flower buds.  This 4th reason is the most common.

 

I live in Pittsburgh and

By Peg H

I live in Pittsburgh and bought 3 FIRELIGHT hydrangea plants in the spring. They were all about a foot high and had many pink blooms. In May I planted them outside because the blooms were all dying. Since then all the blooms have dried up but the plants are green and look healthy. We have had a lot of rain but I have watered them between rainy spells. They get morning sun and afternoon shade. The tag doesn't give any other info. Why won't they bloom and why are they pink and not red like the picture? I don't know anything about gardening.

The Firelight hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

The Firelight hydrangea blooms are white at first changing color to pink and then a dark pink. Your plants are still young and are getting established. If the plants look healthy they will bloom again.

I am new to growing

By Terry Kinyon

I am new to growing hydrangeas and recently planted two of the "bombshell" variety. They were beautiful for 3-4 days and then completely wilted and leaves/blooms became dry and brittle. They were watered very adequately and planted in rich soil/part shade. I was told that I may have overwatered them. The stems are green and there are a few healthy leaves remaining so I think they are still alive but the plants still look terrible after more than a week. What can I do to save them?

I have 4 Annabelle Hydrangea

By Jean Drain

I have 4 Annabelle Hydrangea - white and 1 pink one that I think is an Annabelle as well but I have forgotten the proper name of it. I live in Ontario, Canada, zone 5b. I have had these Hydrangea for 4 years now and every spring since they were planted, I have had this same problem. As soon as the leaves start opening, some (insect) (worm) whatever it is, causes the leaves to close up, I mean two leaves come together and if I separate the leaves, inside is a slight web and occasionally if I don't pinch all these leaves off at once and leave them, inside I will find a small white worm. Can you tell me what this is and what I should do, spraying with garden bug spray only seems to damage the rest of the shrub. In spite of this happening every spring...,they flower...this year however, they haven't grown as tall as normal...we have had a cool spring and a lot of rain.

Hydrangea leaf roller

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangea leaf roller caterpillars are common on Annabelle hydrangeas. Remove the curled up leaves and destroy the caterpillars if possible. You can also spray with bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or neem oil. Apply Bt in early May next year before the problem starts.

We have lived in our home in

By OBrien

We have lived in our home in Michigan for twelve years and until two years ago, our hydrangea plant bloomed beautifully with large blue and pink flowers. We are now seeing small puffs of white and green (more lacy). Towards the bottom of the plant there are one or two small puffs of pinkish/white. I purchased and applied several products in the spring to change the acidity in the soil and sprinkled coffee grounds, but to no avail.. our flowers have come up the same this summer. :( Can you please tell me what is going on with my poor hydrangea?

I have had a hydrangea for a

By Mcmer

I have had a hydrangea for a number of years, but it has never bloomed. I did not realize what the plant was until I bought a blue hydrangea. How can I get this plant to blossom? It is very healthy and has been growing so well, but no flowers at all.

CAN I USE ORCHID FOOD ON MY

By JOSEPHINE MCGINNIS

CAN I USE ORCHID FOOD ON MY HYDREANDEAS

We usually just add a layer

By Almanac Staff

We usually just add a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). If you want to encourage more bloom, you could add a fertilzer in the spring (such as 15-30-15). Orchids, however, use a high-nitrogen fertilizer (30-10-10). Check with your local garden store.

After I planted my new shrub,

By Cheryl Schaub

After I planted my new shrub, it is fading after about a week. It is blue

We have hydrangeas that grow

By coverly

We have hydrangeas that grow from new wood last year they grew very large but no flowers should I trim the dead wood now. We r s.zone 5a

I have both blue and white

By janet alexander

I have both blue and white hydrangeas jsut purchased a few weeks ago in full bloom which I was told to put in almost complete shade- In the last weeks or so they are losing thericolor and turning green.

Can you advise??
Thank you

My great grandmother use to

By Pam Fitts

My great grandmother use to pour her dish water on her hydrangea and they were a beautiful deep blue color. Will the dish washing liquids today do the same thing, or do they contain chemicals that will hurt the plant? Thank you!

Hi, Pam, Good question! We'll

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Pam, Good question! We'll try to give you a good answer. Here's a start: Authorities in the city of Tucson, Arizona, looked into this several years back. Here is their report, an explanation of several chemicals that might be in detergents and how they can affect plants: http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/GreywaterAndYourDetergent.pdf
We learned that baking soda in detergent will turn hydrangeas blue (scroll to find): http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/Physical_Chemistry/Acids_and_Bases/Case_Studies/Acid_and_Base_Indicators/PH_Indicators
And a third source suggests that all natural, bio-degradable detergents will not harm plants. (Baking soda, above, is one of these.)
Of course, soap-detergent sprays, which are made with 1 or 2 tablespoons detergent to 1 gallon or so of water, are pretty dilated, like dishwater, and are often advised to eliminate or deter pest bugs.
We hope this helps!
 

Just returned from a 2 week

By Pamela k nelson

Just returned from a 2 week vacation. I understand it rained a lot here in TN. My Annabelle hydrangea is heavily laden with blooms and laying wide open on the ground. Should I cut them all off? Also, my new Wedding Cake ? Hydrangeas have some browning of leaves and speckles. How should I treat? THANKS!

Hi, Pamela, Heavy rains can

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Pamela, Heavy rains can cause some plants to droop (peonies come immediately to mind). The question really is, does the rain pool or run/drain off? Your plants need well-draining soil, which usually means good organic matter (not clay or heavy soil), so check that first. Your plants may be drowning. When they return to a healthy moisture level, they should stand up. Color should return to new leaves when that happens, too.
Hope this helps!

I have a lot of hydrangea

By Patricia Dixon

I have a lot of hydrangea plants. This year most of them did not come back very good. They were really big last year and this year they are just above the ground. Can not figure out why. I also want to know if you have suggestions for keeping the deer away.

I have a well established

By Fiona Fry

I have a well established hydrangea that has been gorgeous every year until this year. There is lots of new growth at the base but only a few green buds on the stems. Many of the buds on the other stems have turned brown. What do I do with it now.

It sounds like the flower

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like the flower buds are dying (before opening). Your plant may have botrytis blight. Recommendations include insuring good air circulation and maintaining low humidity (since you can not control the atmosphere, this could relate to watering). About watering: Avoid it late in the day. Consult a local nursery about possible chemical remedies, if you want to do that.
It is also possible that the buds were damaged by a late spring freeze, even a light one. If most of the growth is coming from the bottom (ground level), that's a sign of the freeze effects.

I am looking forward to a

By T Cronk

I am looking forward to a reply on this question myself. I had the same exact thing happen with mine this year. I live in southern New England and Mine are the endless summer variety and they have done magnificent for 7 years. My husband said to cut all the old shoots as they are dead. I'm not sure that they are not just dormant. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have a similar problem - my

By Donna June

I have a similar problem - my plants were trimmed to abt 2 feet frm the ground - they had bloomed beautifully till then - the person that "pruned them" thought he was clearing out the dead wood ( this was done in late fall). Well the following year I had 1 bloom on 1 plant and none on the other but both were fully leafed out, Now this year all my growth is coming from the bottom - there are small buds on the stems at the top but they are brown and nothing green on the stems , Any help is greatly appreciated !!

IAs mentioned above, your

By Almanac Staff

IAs mentioned above, your plant may have botrytis blight. Recommendations include insuring good air circulation and maintaining low humidity (since you can not control the atmosphere, this could relate to watering). About watering: Avoid it late in the day. Consult a local nursery about possible chemical remedies, if you want to do that.
However, it is also possible that the buds were damaged by a late spring freeze, even a light one—certainly a possibility in New England. If most of the growth is coming from the bottom (ground level), that's a sign of the freeze effects. Don't do anything but understand that fewer or no blooms will appear this year.
As for pruning, we hesitate to clip hydrangeas almost at all. We would go in and remove the old shoots after the plant fills in, thus making sure that we are not removing productive stems.
 

i bought three white

By Ellenef

i bought three white hydrangeas from home depot garden center (zone 5). they had stickers on the pot that named them as "Summer Cloud" however they had no plant care information (size at maturity, care instructions, etc). i tried searching the internet for care info on a Summer Cloud variety, but have been unable to find anything with that name! i decided to take a chance and bought and planted them. they have only been in the ground a week or so but two out of the three wilt every afternoon but seem to bounce back by morning. they currently get morning shade and afternoon sun. could they just be getting the wrong time for sun? i had really wanted white hydrangeas for this front location of my house but now i am not sure if i should move them to more shade or just give them more time to get used to this spot. PLUS, have you ever heard of this Summer Cloud variety? any info to share about it?

Hi, Ellen, We can not find

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Ellen,
We can not find any information on "Summer Cloud" either.
Wilt is a sign of thirst. In general hydrangea bushes, or shrubs (not to be confused with the tree and climbing forms) do not tolerate dry soil or conditions. A lot of proper organic matter and mulch (in the hole before planting and around the base) can help to retail moisture through drier than normal spells or when you can not be there to water. Again in general, 1 inch of water per week is suggested; 2 inches of water during especially dry spells.
Also, as a reader below advises, sun in the morning only, if possible.

I bought the same variety at

By BoBindy

I bought the same variety at Home Depot/Zone 5. I planted in Morning to Noon sun location. My plant wilts in the morning then perks up in the afternoon. I am watering about every other day. But still wilts in the morning. Perhaps the "Summer Cloud" variety means it doesn't want any direct sun at all?? I contacted my Home Depot and they don't know anything about this particular variety. They just sell them. I may move mine to a filtered sun/shady spot in my yard.

We can not find any

By Almanac Staff

We can not find any information on "Summer Cloud" either.
Wilt is a sign of thirst. In general hydrangea bushes, or shrubs (not to be confused with the tree and climbing forms) do not tolerate dry soil or conditions. A lot of proper organic matter and mulch (in the hole before planting and around the base) can help to retail moisture through drier than normal spells or when you can not be there to water. Again in general, 1 inch of water per week is suggested; 2 inches of water during especially dry spells.
Also, as a reader below advises, sun in the morning only, if possible.

Finally decided that my

By BoBindy

Finally decided that my "Summer Cloud" hydrangea was planted in soil that drained TOO well. I replanted it in a filtered sunlight area, but with much more regular dirt. We will see what happens. I have planted another hydrangea in my morning sun area, but got rid of most of the pea gravel-laden dirt and replaced it with potting soil and really nice desiccated mulch. We will see how this one does. This new one is a "Forever & Ever Together" mop head macrophylla from Lowe's-RIE 05-PP18508

All Hydrangeas like only

By DianenColorado

All Hydrangeas like only morning sun. Afternoon sun is too intense for them, unless it is filtered. They also need to stay moist when you first plant them. The tag should have said morning sun only.

We have not heard of Summer

By Almanac Staff

We have not heard of Summer Cloud hydrangeas. Contact Home Depot costumer service and see if they can help you out. Don't move the plants yet. Give them some time to establish. Make sure to water enough to keep the soil moist.
Good luck!

Help! I live in Utah, very

By Bonny Daines

Help! I live in Utah, very alkaline soil. I decided to plant my hydrangeas in containers. I purchased acid soil, and added acid to the soil when I planted. First two days after I planted they were gorgeous. On the third day I went out to check them and all the blooms were wilted and had turned brown. What can I do now?

Please read the planting and

By Almanac Staff

Please read the planting and care information at the top of this page. How much sun do they get? What type of hydrangeas do you have? Do they get enough water? Containers tend to dry out quickly.

I had some work done on the

By Kristi Schweitzer

I had some work done on the planter that has had hydrangea plants in it for over 20 years. He had to add dirt and he covered up the new growth that was just starting to come up for the season. Will they still find their way out of the soil or are they damaged forever????? I live in North Dakota and always cut the plants down to about 6" in the fall. They have always come back in the late spring and are beautiful!

If the plants are old and

By Almanac Staff

If the plants are old and established they will come back. And adding new dirt to an old planter is always good.

I recently received a

By Vicky Taloni

I recently received a CLIMBING HYDRANGEA from a friend but was uncertain where to plant it. Are there trees that don't allow plants to grown up there trunks (ie, pine trees?) If I plant under a maple tree, will it still get the sun it needs.

Don't plant the hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

Don't plant the hydrangea under a big tree. It will be too shady and the tree's roots will compete for the moisture in the soil. See our planting instructions above for best conditions and plant the hydrangea against a fence, a wall or a stone wall, or a trellis.

Could you tell me if you are

By Viki

Could you tell me if you are supposed to cut off the flowering head of first year cuttings of hydrangers.
Thank you Viki

It's a good idea to snip off

By Almanac Staff

It's a good idea to snip off the faded hydrangea flowers. Cut just under the flower heads, using a pair of sharp scissor.
 

The deer noshed my new

By Lucinda Fischer

The deer noshed my new hydrangea to the stems....will it come back or should I scrap it and get another one? I am tempted to pot it and put it on the patio where it will be safer.

The bush will come back.

By Almanac Staff

The bush will come back. Think of it as a hard pruning. If you have problems with deer we suggest that you plant it in a container and put it on your patio.

I have aprox 2hrs of sun in

By Bob Turner

I have aprox 2hrs of sun in my yard,11am -1pm,which hydrangea is best,4 by 4 is the biggest for my area.

Thank you,

Bob Turner

Hi, Bob: 4x4 will work, but

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Bob: 4x4 will work, but you could be pushing your luck with only 2 hours of sunlight. A lot of this depends on your climate and making sure that your hydrangea has adequate water but well-draining soil. Don't plant it under a tree, because the tree's roots will win the water fight. Sounds like either a mophead or lacecap type would be best to try ... we would go with mophead (these are the blue ones and pink ones you often see). Good luck!

Hi there I live in zone 5-6

By c vallette

Hi there
I live in zone 5-6 , I would love to plant hydrangeas , but I have sandy soil& rocky soil , and pine trees and a lot of sun , there is only a couple spots that have afternoon shade , I don't want to go buy plants if they aren't going to grow . what do you suggest ?
thank you
C vallette

Oakleaf hydrangeas can

By Almanac Staff

Oakleaf hydrangeas can tolerate more sun that many other hydrangeas. Remember that the more sun they get, the most water they will need to maintain their leaves and blooms. See more about oakleaf here: http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/what_grows_where.html
Of the dozens‚ maybe hundreds, of varieties of hydrangea available today, there may be more. Consult a local nursery or extension service for suggestions.
 

i live in wyoming and i think

By Trenavollmer

i live in wyoming and i think mine is sick i have only had it a week and the blooms are dying fast and turning brown. what could be wrong with it

It's not uncommon for plants

By Almanac Staff

It's not uncommon for plants to show signs of stress after a move but this does sound extreme. It sounds like leaf scorch.
Hydrangeas like moisture but not to excess. Did you have or introduce peat moss or other organic material into the site in which you planted it?
Is it in full sun? Many hydrangeas can not take full sun (see answer above); they need a period of partial shade or even all shade. And they need good air circulation; it is crowded?
Other possible reasons include dry windy conditions; overfertilization; damaged roots or stems.
Scratch a stem with your fingernail. If there is "green" there, it will probably survive if you make changes as noted above.
 
 

I received a blue Hydrangea

By maybeican8

I received a blue Hydrangea for Mother's Day and have it in my house and the leaves are wilting. The soil is moist. Can I plant it outside in Region 3 now?

Yours being a southern zone,

By Almanac Staff

Yours being a southern zone, this (May) would seem to be a fine time to plant it. If you think there might be a frost (check here http://www.almanac.com/content/us-frost-chart), wait until the risk has passed.
Give it organic soil and the amount of sun it requires (most like partial sun). Read answers above for more on this.

Okay I have this plant and

By Casey Galletti

Okay I have this plant and its beautiful and pink! Its in a baby pot now and all the puffs already wilted and I pruned it. ...i want to move it but not in the ground into a bigger pot. What size pit ?? And how hois to hott to be outside even in the shade? Just live I in tx and our summers are aboutt to heat up... I need help all together on this... I dont have a green thumb so im New to the plant world.

Hi, Casey, Get a pot that is

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Casey, Get a pot that is about 2 sizes bigger than the one it was/is in. Our sources say that hydrangeas struggle in the Texas heat. You might do better keeping it indoors during the hottest periods. Many hydrangeas struggle in full sun (no shade) outdoors or indoors, so be prepared to provide both—sun and shade. Keep in mind, too, that hydrangeas sold in pots in springtime are often "forced" to bloom early for better sales. They are lovely but many fail to make it after that time because conditions change so dramatically for them.

Since I adopted my dog

By Deborah G. White

Since I adopted my dog several years ago -- who keeps the deer from eating the flowers -- my hydrangeas have been spectacular year after year. In April I cut off the dead flowers and cleaned out around the base of each plant (removing dead wood and excessive leaves -- I find they tend to rot if I don't do this). There is a lot of new growth at the base of the plants and some buds on the old stalks-- but not many. We had a long, cold winter this year (NYC suburbs) and I'm concerned it damaged my plants. How much longer should I wait to cut the old stalks -- to see if any more buds appear -- or if it truly is dead wood? I'm interested in the long-term health of my plants. I've come to accept they might not bloom much this year due to the harsh winter.

Many hydrangeas have suffered

By Almanac Staff

Many hydrangeas have suffered from harsh winter weather this year. The new growth from the bottom of the plant will eventually turn into new stalks but will not have blooms this year. The buds on the old stalks may produce a few blooms. Wait to prune until you know for sure that the old stalks are dead.

I live in Tennessee, planted

By BBoone

I live in Tennessee, planted an Annabelle Hydrangea several years ago and it performed beautifully. I was constantly having a problem with a "look-alike" shrub growing behind it. Now I can't decide if what I currently have is the Hydrangea or something else. It did not bloom last year. The leaf is smooth with small rigid teeth on the edges. The leaf is about 3 inches long and two inches wide. Can you help me?

There are many, many

By Almanac Staff

There are many, many varieties of hydrangea these days. You might take a leaf from each and bring it to your nursery, or take a picture. The reasons for not blooming are almost as numerous! Too much sun, too much fertilizer, too much pruning, too much heat, too much cold... First determine what you've got.

What pH level is needed to

By Melissa Culver

What pH level is needed to grow multiple colors on one shrub?

Hi Melissa, Bigleaf

By Almanac Staff

Hi Melissa,
Bigleaf hydrangeas have blue blooms if the soil pH is between 5.0 and 5.5. The flowers will turn pink when the pH value is higher, around 6.0. You may have to experiment with the soil around your hydrangea to trick it to have multiple colors.

I recently planted 3

By ToddOC

I recently planted 3 Annabelle hydrandeas in my garden - they are all growing well.

One of them (the biggest one) has very large leaves and flowers. Soon after I planted it in the ground the stems have fallen back and are being weighed to the ground. I'm assuming that the root and stem system needs to adjust for the weight of the plant in the ground. I used plant twine to gently pull the plant together. Is this recommended or should I be doing something else?

I trimmed mine a couple weeks

By justmissjamey

I trimmed mine a couple weeks back, and I am worried that I cut it back to far....the old stems I cut down to about 3 inches from the ground...from my understanding I should have just clipped the dead flower off and left the stems :(((( there is new growth at the bottom, but the old stems are so tiny now...did I set my plants back a few years?? I'm trying to get it to grow into a bush, but now I cut it back so much I'm worried I messed it up. So from what I am reading in comments, does that mean that I won't have any flowers this year on it and then next year it will have blooms, but be way smaller then when I got it a year ago??
I am so upset right now and don't know what I was thinking..I have trimmed up a few other flowers and a landscaper friend of my husband stopped by and told me I needed to cut it down to the ground ...and the thing is, I wasn't even going to mess with it and just leave it alone!!! ugh...
And if I just leave the darn thing alone and don't ever cut the flowers off, will that make much of a difference??
Any advice will help, I am so sick to my stomach right now its not even funny :((((

You can deadhead or remove

By Almanac Staff

You can deadhead or remove faded flowers any time but it's important to know what type of hydrangea you have before pruning any stems.
Mophead and lacecap hydrangeas (usually pink or blue) and oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood (last year's stems) and can be pruned after flowers fade in the summer.
Annabelle and PeeGee hydrangeas bloom on new wood (new stems) and can be pruned in the fall.

Okay, so i am reading the tag

By jamey

Okay, so i am reading the tag more, and it says that it blooms on new and old wood...so does this mean i shouldnt ever cut it back unless i want it smaller to kind of "shape it up" if you will call it that??

I'm not sure what it is. I

By jamey

I'm not sure what it is. I kept the card from when I planted and it says forever and ever fantasia Hydrangea..I'm still a complete newbie when it comes to plants. Thanks for any and all info..I truely appericiate it and so do my plants :)

I live in Ohio and my big

By Ohioflowerchild

I live in Ohio and my big leaf hydrangea is only putting out leaves at the bottom. Do I need to prune the bush or will it still put out blooms this year.

It sounds like the stems

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like the stems dried out or froze during the harsh winter months. The roots are still alive and generating new stems but you may not have blooms this year. You can prune the dead stems to ground level. Just make sure that they are brown and dead.

I came across your website

By marielle clark

I came across your website while trying to gather some info on hydrangeas. About three days ago I bought two beautiful potted pink colored hydrangeas from a nursery. They are inside in my dining room which has large windows they do not sit in direct sunlight but they get enough light in the morning just last night I noticed them starting to wilt all the booms so i checked the soil and it felt a little dry not completely but enough for me to think they needed to be watered. But its been all day and they are all still wilted is there a way to bring them back or are they done? One of my friends suggest heating up water she had heard to use warm water if your hydrangeas are wilting?

We have not heard of heating

By Almanac Staff

We have not heard of heating water for plants of any sort. It seems more likely that the plants need to be taken out of the pot. Hydrangeas are not generally considered houseplants. Even those forced in the spring for gifts (you're probably seen them around Easter season) don't do well in their pots after a while. If you can not plant them outside, try much larger pots and be sure to add lots of organic matter and some mulch to help to retain moisture.
Sooner or later, though, every pot you try is likely to become too small.

So I just bought a couple of

By Megs

So I just bought a couple of the blue mophead hydrangeas the other day. What I am curious to know is, I live in a zone 3. Will I be able to plant them in the ground, and then cover them up for the winter times to protect them??

Thanks

A mophead in zone3? Are you

By georgewilson

A mophead in zone3? Are you sure it's a mophead? It's mighty cold there. Just be sure to mulch heavily in late fall. Once it's dormant, cover with leaves, peat moss or straw to a depth of at least 6" before the coldest temperatures hit. Remove all mulch well after the threat of late spring frosts has passed. Also, I wouldn't prune in the first year.

Yes I am positive it is a

By Megs

Yes I am positive it is a mophead, I bought 2 in decent sized planters. My local garden center says I could try planting them in the ground as a new study has been brought up that our zones are changing due to climate change. It can get cold in the winter months here but as of lately we have been 20+ degrees celsuis and its not even summer yet. I have heard about really protecting them good in the fall/winter so I will try that. Thanks

can I put coffee grins on

By Bea

can I put coffee grins on hydranges?
while dog urine kill the hydranges?

Coffee grounds are acidic.

By Almanac Staff

Coffee grounds are acidic. They might help keep your bigleaf hydrangeas blue. A little dog pee won't be too harmful, but constant dog peeing on a bush isn't good for it.

I live in Zone 7a and

By New Planter

I live in Zone 7a and desperately want to plant some hydrangea in my yard.

I do not, however, have a spot that gets a few hours of morning sun and afternoon shade. Would anyone be able to give other estimates of sun exposure that would allow a big leaf hydrangea to thrive?

In terms of light, the

By Almanac Staff

In terms of light, the Bigleaf Hydrangea does best in part shade. It usually wilts in the afternoon of full Sun. In your zone, remove the spent blooms of the first flower flush to produce flower buds on the new growth.

I'm new to this. What does

By New Planter

I'm new to this. What does "remove the spent blooms of the first flower flush to produce flower buds on the new growth" mean?

Right now they are young plants, which I put into planters to keep them in part shade in my yard. (You were right, they started to wilt with only a few hours of strong afternoon sun).

No worries. You will get your

By Almanac Staff

No worries. You will get your first flowers of the season. Then, after they are done blooming, they will be spent (fade/die). After they die or just as the flowers begin to fade, prune them off. The quicker you do it, the quicker the shrub can recover, producing more and larger blooms next season. Do not cut any stems that have not bloomed, leaving healthy buds intact. To prune, cut off the spent (fading/dead) flower to the last bud. 

I got a nicko blue hydrangea

By hbahr16

I got a nicko blue hydrangea but im in zone 5 I like it but am scared it wont grow what do I do

Plant the hydrangea in a

By Almanac Staff

Plant the hydrangea in a potected spot, close to a south facing wall of your house or a stonewall or in area that is protected from cold winter winds. You may also need to cover the bush during the winter months. Construct a simple cage around the hydrangea using a couple of stakes and chicken wire and then fill the cage with leaves or other material, carefully tucking it around the bush.

Hi, I live on Long Island,

By Maryfrances

Hi, I live on Long Island, NY. I purchased 2 pink hydrangas the other day. I repotted them in larger pots and watered with some mirical grow. Today all the blooms are "dead". First did I kill it with the miracle grow or are they in shock?
Second shoul I remove the dead blooms or leave them alone?
Thank you!

The hydrangeas may be in

By Almanac Staff

The hydrangeas may be in shock. Make sure that they get plenty of sun and water as needed to keep the soil moist. Remove the blooms when they turn brown.

I transplanted 4

By Jesslynn Smith

I transplanted 4 mophead/macrophylia hydrangea plants last fall because they were getting too much sun. 3 of the 4 plants have new growth at the roots. Those get afternoon sun and morning shade. The 4th gets morning sun and afternoon shade and doesn't have any new growth at all. Should it have new growth by now like the other ones do? I'm also thinking that this particular one used to grow off of the dead stems (instead of having new growth at the root).

Thanks!

We recommend morning sun and

By Almanac Staff

We recommend morning sun and afternoon shade for hydrangeas. Wait a little bit and see if the hydrangea will show signs of growth. Also check the soil and make sure that it drains well. You may also want to add a bit of compost.

I have three beautifully

By Kelly C. Avery

I have three beautifully large blue hydrangeas, they bloomed the year before last, but not last year. Do I need to do anything to them to promote blooms again?

Make sure that your

By Almanac Staff

Make sure that your hydrangeas get enough sunlight. Two other common causes are improper pruning and weather related freezing of early buds.

Must the Hydrangea be

By steve Nogreenthumb

Must the Hydrangea be planted? Is it possible to just move to a larger pot?

Yes, you can grow hydrangeas

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can grow hydrangeas in containers. Follow the planting advice above and you should be all set.

I have another quick

By justmissjamey

I have another quick question, I've read the comments and not quite getting it, I have a hydrangea that's 1 year been in ground, and I can see new growth around the ground of it, and its still brown and crunchy looking, should I go ahead and cut the old flowers off of them, or wait a few more weeks until the rest of the plant starts to "green up"??
Thanks, I'm new at this and don't have a natural green thumb, and am so excited to just see new growth on this one, when I have seemed to kill everything else I planted last year. Lol

You can cut the brown flowers

By Almanac Staff

You can cut the brown flowers off but leave the stems.

Hello all, Was just in cvs

By justmissjamey

Hello all,
Was just in cvs today (april 15th, in zone 5) and found a beautiful blue/ purplish hydrangea. I am assuming that it is like a regular one and not the plant that is grown indoors and is good for one season, as the tag says it is easy to grow indoors or out in pots, or beds. The tag also says 18 to 36 inches for height and to plant them 24 inches apart. It does not have a name or species. I'm new at this, but I am wondering is it okay to plant it outside in a day or two?? I'm worried because I have seen the weather and there are some nights looking to get down to 28 at night. What can I do, any ideas or suggestions will be helpful...do I leave in it the pot and leave it inside for a couple weeks until it gets a bit warmer, or can I go ahead and plant it in thee ground?? I just could not pass up this beautiful plant, because not only is it pretty, but I only paid 6.99 for it!!! Yay!! Lol. But I don't want to kill the poor thing by putting it in the ground to early, especially since it more then likely has been in a green house, but also the store where it is a lot warmer then it is outside here at nights right now....any thoughts or advice would be great. Thanks :)

Wait to plant the hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

Wait to plant the hydrangea outdoors until it has warmed up a bit. Keep the plant in a sunny spot indoors until you are ready to plant it outside.

The flowers are looking bad,

By jamey

The flowers are looking bad, but I must say that the leaves are branching out and growing pretty well now!! Thank you

I live near Erie Pa and I was

By Suzanne Hepler

I live near Erie Pa and I was given a huge Hydrangea and it was at end of fall! It has wood stalks and dried flowers! I kept in garage all winter because 2 days after getting it we got snow then was just too cold to replant it!
What I am wondering is where should I replant it and do I cut off stalks and dead flowers or just plant and leave be? I know I am in zone 5! I dont want frost to kill it!

Hi Suzanne, See planting

By Almanac Staff

Hi Suzanne,
See planting instructions on this page. You can remove the dried brown flowers but leave the stalks for now until you see the new growth.

Thanks for comment but when

By Suzanne Hepler

Thanks for comment but when can I plant it?

You can plant the hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

You can plant the hydrangea now.

What I mean is when can I

By Suzanne Hepler

What I mean is when can I plant the hydrangea I live in Pennsylvania and should I wait till late May when there is no more frost?

Late last summer I bought a

By Jennifer Lee Sims

Late last summer I bought a pink blooming hydrangea. I'm not sure of the variety but where I bought it told me to plant it in the morning sunlight and with nutrient rich soil so I planted it in my front bed and it stayed good for a whole but died off. I was told it may be in shock and our neighbor who grows said to cut off all the dead and it would grow back but now it's spring and all my tulips have come up but I have yet to see any evidence of my hydrangea. Did we kill it?

Hi Jennifer, Some hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

Hi Jennifer,
Some hydrangea varieties take a little longer to start growing in the spring. Don't give up yet.

My husband and I transplanted

By Crystal L

My husband and I transplanted several very large hydrangeas. I am not sure what kind they are (I know the flower clusters were round not cone) and they were very large bushes about 4ft tall. They were transplanted in the mid to late summer last year. As of today April 10 they still look woody and brown... Did we kill them? Is there something I should be doing to them to help them? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

I have great hydrangea all

By Kj

I have great hydrangea all over my yard and mine are still brown and woody too. They should be fine.

Thanks for the help!! Good to

By Crystal L

Thanks for the help!! Good to know they could still be ok. :)

where do you prune the old

By gary poinsett

where do you prune the old flowers off of the stems

Most pruning is carried out

By Almanac Staff

Most pruning is carried out in late winter or early spring. However, the climbing hydrangea is pruned after flowering in summer. See our pruning information above; you don't want to prune at the wrong time or you may remove the buds for the next season's flowers.
If you just mean deadheading--i.e., pinching off dead blooms, it can generally be done right after the flowers wilt, though some gardeners in northern climates prefer to leave the dead blooms on the mophead hydrangeas through the winter to protect them from frost.

I have a Hydrangea

By hydrangeaquestion

I have a Hydrangea Macrophylla "Big Daddy" variety. I am seeing a little bit of green at the bottoms of a couple of stems and what looks like some new buds/stems pushing up through the ground, but my question is on my established stems.

There are several brown buds on some of the stems. I don't know if they tried to bud recently and turned brown with the cold, or if they were there when winter started and maybe I just didn't notice/remember.

I don't know whether to prune/shave those brown buds off, or would any new buds maybe break through those and I should leave them alone?

Thanks.

The brown buds are dead. You

By Almanac Staff

The brown buds are dead. You can remove them or just leave them on the stems. The new growth will cover them up.

Some creature is eating the

By bluejean baby

Some creature is eating the buds off of my old growth stems on my hydrangeas at night. Would it make sense to cover the plants w/plastic bags at night? I think kitchen size plastic bags (white?) shld be big enough. If I were to leave town for a few days, would it be ok to leave the bags on? The buds arent opening yet. (Zone 5)

it might be deer. i planted

By stevo

it might be deer. i planted one out in my front yard and they did the same. you could try some type of deer repellent. i just replaced mine with another plant. we have tons of deer out here.

It's OK to cover the

By Almanac Staff

It's OK to cover the hydrangeas at night but we would not recommend to cover the bushes for days.

I live in Cleveland Ohio,

By Ziggy3

I live in Cleveland Ohio, zone 5, and would like to transplant a hydrangea from my grandmothers house that is for sale. Can I transplant now, or wait till after the last frost? The hydrangea has buds on it now.

It is recommended to

By Almanac Staff

It is recommended to transplant hydrangeas in late fall when they go dormant. You can try to transplant the hydrangea as soon as you can dig in the soil (the sooner the better).

I just purchased a pink

By Khelsea Smock

I just purchased a pink PeeGee plant. About a foot tall and pretty much just a stick. I live around Nashville, TN. Is it possible that my "Charlie Brown" Hydrangea will flower this year? I'll be planting in a morning sun/afternoon shade area. Thanks!

Your stick hydrangea will

By Almanac Staff

Your stick hydrangea will show new growth after you have planted it in the ground. Depending how old the hydrangea is it may bloom this year.

I am living in

By Shuhui

I am living in Albuquerque,NM,I bought a blue hydrangea macrophylla-hortensia yesterday, and I don't know should I Plant it in my garden or a big pot.How big pot should be?Thanks give me ideas.

Hortensia is a compact bushy

By Almanac Staff

Hortensia is a compact bushy shrub. We would always recommend that it goes in the ground over a pot, but you can grow them in containers. The size of the container depends on the size of your hydrangea. If it's a small cutting, you could use a pot about 6 inches in diameter. A year-old hydrangea would usually fit in a medium pot about 8 to 10 inches in diameter. After two to three years, you might need a pot about 24 inches across.

I received a Hydrangea

By Rhonda W.

I received a Hydrangea Macrophylla "Ravel" for Valentine's Day. It was in bloom when I received it. The bloom has since died, but now the leaves ane turning brown and cruchy. It starts at the tip of the leaf and works its way inward,even on the new leaves. I water it every 2-3 days. What could the problem be? Even though it is now March, does it still need to go dormant? If so, do you still water it and how long does it need to stay dormant? Thank you so much in advance for your help.

Hi Rhonda, The smaller

By Almanac Staff

Hi Rhonda,

The smaller potted hydrangeas sold for special holidays or events have usually been grown in greenhouses for a one-time, spectacular show often at the expense of the future health of the plant. The best thing you can do is to plant it outdoors in the ground or in a big container as soon as possible and keep it watered. See our planting instructions above. It may come back and show new growth.
 

I posted some questions but I

By bluejean baby

I posted some questions but I think I did it in the wrong place (under reply -- dont ask me what I was thinking ;), so I am going to repost it) in (hopefully) the right place.

When is the best time to begin to fertilize a Hydrangea to get blue flowers? I live in Zone 5 and have the Endless Summer Variety. I have the Espoma for lowering PH. Is now too early?

What is a good way to frost protect my old growth buds if we start moving into a warm spring w/occasional frosts? I lost most of my old growth buds to frost last year.

Behind the hydrangeas (4 plants ~5 yrs old ranging 2.5 - 3.5 feet last summer) I plan on planting blueberries. How far away from the Hydrangeas should they be?

Thanks in advance :)

We are in zone 6 and have

By Trcooper

We are in zone 6 and have some hydrangeas that were planted by the previous owners. It is just about spring and we still have some dead flowers from last year. Should we clip them?

Yes, now is a good time to

By Almanac Staff

Yes, now is a good time to remove old flowers. Happy spring!

Help! I'm caring for a

By Lois Cardinal

Help! I'm caring for a potted hydrangea while my neighbor is on vacation. It has developed splotches of white on many of its leaves, and otherwise seems ok. What should I do???
Thx

It sounds like powdery

By Almanac Staff

It sounds like powdery mildew. Improve the air circulation and put the plant in a less humid location. You can spray the leaves with a solution of 2 drops of dish soap, 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and 1/2 gallon of water. Or you can mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 1/2 gallon of water and use it in a spray bottle.

I bought a container of what

By Laynis

I bought a container of what I think is macrophilia blue hydrangea las year at my local Costco. I leave in Miami, which is zone 10, but last year my hydrangea did great. It had beautiful blooms that eventually turned green of old and finally I cut them because they were turning brown. This year the plant has a lot of new leaves, but so far no indication of flowers. Also, after I watered them with "miracle grow" a few days ago the leaves lost some of ots luster and the bigger ones are now sometimes floppy. I water it every day and it is in a spot that receives sun part of the day and some shade too. Can I expect flowers this year? What is the best way to care for my hydrangeas? I'm thinking about re-doing my garden and would like to plant hydrangeas but I'm not sure if they will do well. Any advise would be greatly appreciated as I'm new to gardening. Thanks!

I cut all of the dead stems

By jennifer H

I cut all of the dead stems off of my hydrangea and dead puffs, will they bloom this spring? They are starting to get new buds in the tips and green leafs at the base of the shrub. Late year they turned every color from pink to blue is this normal for them to change colors as the months go by?

Hi Jennifer, If you are

By Almanac Staff

Hi Jennifer,
If you are seeing new growth already your hydrangeas will be blooming in no time. It's the chemistry of the soil that determines the bloom color. In alkaline soil the blooms will be pinker and when grown in acidic soil, the color is bluer. You may have added fertilizer that changed the soils pH or heavy rains could change the chemistry.

I purchased two Hydrangea

By northernbelle

I purchased two Hydrangea macrophylla from Home Depot a few weeks ago. Once I made it home, I noticed they were labelled as a houseplant. I currently have them in pots on the side patio receiving early morning sun and they are doing great. I live near Houston, TX. Are these plants of the gift variety that will not make it past this year or will I be able to plant them in the fall? Thx!

Some gift hydrangeas will not

By Almanac Staff

Some gift hydrangeas will not make it past one season but you can plant these in your garden and see what happens. They may surprise you.

I am looking for advice on

By Christyabw

I am looking for advice on what type of hydrangea to plant for a particular spot in my yard. I live in Jackson, MS; yard location gets morning sun and afternoon shade, is about 40 ft of fence row, area is flat and soil is questionable. Nothing growing there now but grass.

I want a white hydrangea, mophead, large bloom, blooms early and throughout season, and lots of them. Excellent cut flower. Not opposed to planting multiple varietas in same area.

A raised bed is a option to help with drainage and soil issues.

  Here are a couple of

By Almanac Staff

 
Here are a couple of suggestions for white mopheads. Most of these bloom June-Sept.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Madame Emile Mouillere'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Wedding Gown'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Normalis' also comes in white and is a lacecap variety.

 

Are there any that bloom

By Christyabw

Are there any that bloom earlier?

just purchased a hydrangea

By Vernae

just purchased a hydrangea plant from home depot. I live in st. Croix virgin islands. the petals are beautiful, pink, shaped like the doritos for dipping (conical?). I placed it under the pergola next to the impatients that are thriving. Is that a good spot?
I plan to keep it in a container.
Thanks

Hydrangeas prefer full sun in

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade. Impatients usually grow best in shade. Just make sure that your hydrangea gets enough sun.

My husband gave me a

By Chloe C. of Nashville

My husband gave me a beautiful hydrangea plant for Valentine's day and it is larger than your typical "gift hydrangea" that has been mentioned in previous posts. It had two fully bloomed "heads" and two new ""heads growing but I noticed recently that the stems were turning brown and limp. One of the new ones even broke off. I have tried to keep it close to a window where it can get light and have been watering it about a cup of water every two or three days.

We live in a condominium complex and I am not sure when/if we will be able to put it into the ground. We live in Nashville and have also experienced this horrific winter. Any advice to keep this beautiful plant alive would be helpful!

The hydrangea needs bright

By Almanac Staff

The hydrangea needs bright sunlight and even moist soil. Don't let the soil dry out but don't overwater. Too warm indoor temperatures may also cause stress to the plant.

I just purchased a pink

By Ann Brown

I just purchased a pink hydrangea. It is almost the end of Feb. and I live in Prattville, Al. From reading some of the post, am I suppose to put it in a storage building until it warms up and then plant it in the spring? Do I keep it watered while it is in the storage building?
Thank you.

Assuming the hydrangea is

By Almanac Staff

Assuming the hydrangea is dormant, keep it that way it in a cool, dark place that will remain between 40 and 50 degrees. You only want to water it before it goes dormant and then leave it alone until early spring, when you will take the plant back outside as soon as the weather warms. Water them well right away, and until we get rain.

Hello Almanac Staff I live in

By Lauryl

Hello Almanac Staff
I live in Edmonton, AB Canada, (zone 3) and garden on a southern exposure balcony with a shady corner. I would love to grow a hydrangea but I have not been successful at over-wintering anything other than a Clematis, which I bring. Which variety will thrive here in a container?

Hydrangea paniculata, also

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangea paniculata, also called PeeGee hydrangea, is hardy to zone 3. There is a ‘compact’ variety available with smaller foliage and flowers. Hydrangea Annabelle is also a Zone 3 hardy variety. If you keep the plant on your balcony you need to protect it somehow during the winter months. Wrap a large blanket around the pot or place the pot in a box filled with newspaper or other insulating materials.

What is a good fertiliser for

By Delia Morris

What is a good fertiliser for hydrangeas please. Would blood and bone help them. Mine are old and in a clay soil they grow well in, but I feel they need a boost. Thank you.

Work organic matter into the

By Almanac Staff

Work organic matter into the soil periodically; garden compost is what we use. However, bone meal is a great source of phosphorus which helps establish good roots; sprinkle around the shrubs after the snow is gone; follow the directions and don't overdo it or you could harm the plant. We wouldn't use blood meal (which adds nitrogen) unless the leaves are yellowing; nitrogen keeps those leaves green.

I am new to planting, please

By Mike Ngai

I am new to planting, please help me out, 2 days ago I bought some Hydrangeas from Home Depot, I do believe it is Big-leaf Hydrangeas, the blue flowers look beautiful, I water it and put it in a bright area with indirect sunlight, today, the flower are wilting, please tell me what happened and what should I do to save it. BTW, I am in southern California, I do believe the hardness zone is 9.

Hydrangeas need to go dormant

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas need to go dormant in the winter so keep the hydrangea in the pot and let it go dormant and drop the leaves. Then move it to an unheated garage or shed for the rest of the winter. In the spring you can transplant it outside.

Hi. I tried finding a comment

By SassyMolassy

Hi. I tried finding a comment that was the same as my situation, but could not. I apologize if I missed it.

I received a beautiful hydrangea plant today, January 17 for the passing of my grandmother. I don't have any florist information so I do not know the variety. The plant has large shiny heart-shaped leaves with sawtooth edges. From what I understand, the flower structure is mophead. The larger flowers have blueish/lavender/periwinkle on the outer portion, with pale green centers. The smaller flowers are pale green only. I live in hardiness zone 7b. I would like to keep this plant and put it in one of my beds. Would I be able to do this? How would I go about this since it is currently January? I appreciate any insight and tips. Thank you!

Many hydrangeas grow well in

By Almanac Staff

Many hydrangeas grow well in pots and you can keep your plant healthy buy watering and maybe repotting in a bigger pot. If you keep the plant indoors during the winter months and then plant it outside in the spring it will not have had a dormant (cold) period and will probably not bloom next summer.

Can I grow PeeGee in San

By Nick Savoiu

Can I grow PeeGee in San Jose, CA?

Thanks,
Nick

Would it be okay to plant

By iza

Would it be okay to plant endless summer hydrangea in a place it gets shade almost all day and around 4pm until 6pm it get some sun. I live in south texas.

Iza, It is hit or miss. That

By Almanac Staff

Iza, It is hit or miss. That sounds like too much shade; the hydrangea might grow the first year but I doubt it will be happy and thrive. In this area, you might want to try something like a Turks Cap. See more about this ornamental shrub here:
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/malvaviscusdrum.htm
Here is the full page of native shrubs from your Texas cooperative extension:
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/
Whenever possible, we advise going "native" and growing what is most natural to Texas. Hope this helps!

We just bought a house in

By jmarg

We just bought a house in July and the hydrangeas were gorgeous! Now in these cold months the plant looks brown and dry. California weather was particularly cold in the last month. Are they a lost cause and we need to dig up?

It's normal for hydrangeas to

By Almanac Staff

It's normal for hydrangeas to look dead in the winter. Do not dig them up.
 

Our lawn service did not get

By Barbara Dreier

Our lawn service did not get around to our winter clean up until last week.(Dec.26th) I am in NY-on Long Island Usually he cuts backby half all of my hydrangeas. This time, because it has been below freezing, I told him to just leave the woody stems as is. However-there are many dried/brown flowers on most of the tips of the stems. Must I remove them? Thank you. I also noticed some green buds at certain tips. Mine are all macrophylla( sp?)and at least 5 years old.
Thank you.

Your hydrangeas will be fine

By Almanac Staff

Your hydrangeas will be fine without pruning. In the spring when you see new growth starting remove the old brown flowers and any dead stems. Wait to prune after your hydrangeas have bloomed in late summer.

Thank you so much for your

By Barbara Dreier

Thank you so much for your reply. I was worried about the hydrangeas as I worry about all of my growing things, and you have eased at least one worry. I shall leave them be and follow your advice.

Now about those delphiniums............( kidding)

I just received a White robe

By Priscilla Farrell

I just received a White robe Hydangea as a Christmas gift. What zone am I in? I live in Memphis, TN and it is winter now. How to I keep it healthy in the house and when is the best time to transplant outside? It presently has green leaves and blooms. Thank you!!

Dec. 15, 2013

Hydrangeas need to go dormant

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas need to go dormant in the winter so keep your plant in an unheated garage or shed during the winter months. In the spring you can transplant it outside. Memphis is in hardiness zone 7.

Do hydrangeas have to go

By Tim Cahill

Do hydrangeas have to go dormant? I live in eastern Iowa and it is now mid December with single digit temps and frozen ground outside. I purchase "Ruby Slippers" during the summer and never got it into the ground, question is: it is still bearing leaves and doing fine, it has been babied inside a sun porch area and seems to be doing fine right now. Can I just re-pot it and keep it happy all winter or is absolutely necessary for it to go dormant, such as a hosta would? Any advice would be awesome Thanks.

I purchased a heritage

By madhall

I purchased a heritage hydrangia from a florest and now I want to plant it. I live in Georgia and it is December. This week's temperatures will be from 40-60 degrees. Will it be okay to plant or should I house indoors and plant in the spring.

You are better off planting

By Almanac Staff

You are better off planting your hydrangea in the ground now. Plant in well-draining soil and water deeply.

I was given a huge Hydrangea

By Suzanne H

I was given a huge Hydrangea plant recently and its Nov and snow is falling here in Upper Pa! I was wondering where I should keep the huge plant where it wont die but wont be killed either! Would it have to be kept in soil or can it just have bag around roots and water every so often and kept in cold garage? Any advice would be helpful thanks

Hi Suzanne, Keep the

By Almanac Staff

Hi Suzanne,
Keep the hydrangea in the pot and let it go dormant and drop the leaves before moving it into a cold garage. Water once when putting it in storage and then again in a month or two.
 

I want to plant Hydranges on

By sue glass, apollo beach,fl

I want to plant Hydranges on the side of my house. It gets morning sun. what kind should I get for this zone?

Consider macrophylla and look

By Almanac Staff

Consider macrophylla and look for varieties that are repeat bloomers since you have a longer growing season in Florida. We like Endless Summer, Penny Mac, and All Summer Beauty, but see what works for you.

I purchased a beautiful

By redline metro

I purchased a beautiful potted hydrangea this spring- the label said it was a "Saxon" hydrangea. I have looked all over the internet, and have had a hard time getting information about it, and most of the information I have found is from Europe. What little I have learned is that it may be a dwarf form of hydrangea, and that it may be able to take more sun, and something about blooming a bit later to protect against frost. Can you verify any of this for me? I want to plant it soon, but am not sure exactly where.
My other issue with this poor plant is that in spite of growing beautifully this spring, I came out one morning to find it completely stripped of leaves and half its height. Unfortunately, we have discovered with a motion activated camera, that deer browse our yard quite frequently to snack. This plant grew back nicely, only to be stripped again. I put a tomato cage over it, and covered it with plastic fencing. It has since grown back some foliage, but not much... Does this poor baby have a prayer?

Deer will eat anything, of

By Almanac Staff

Deer will eat anything, of course, but they rarely bother with hydrangea. High fencing is the only proven way to keep out deer. See our page on deterring deer here for tips: http://www.almanac.com/content/deer

I live in Wisconsin and we

By mary jungwirth

I live in Wisconsin and we had a hard frost. I did not cover my plants, now they are brown and look dead. will they come back next spring or not?

If the hydrangeas are hardy

By Almanac Staff

If the hydrangeas are hardy to your zone, they'll probably be fine.  They will eventually produce new growth from dormant buds. Keep them mulched with 3 to 4 inches of mulch up to the drip line and maintain the soil evenly moist. Do not add fertilizer while the plant recovers. Do not cut anything back until you see new growth.

I live in Ontario, Canada.

By Pat Blanchard

I live in Ontario, Canada. first off what zone is that. Secondly, I just cut back my hydrangea about 6" from the ground. I didn't think to check online first. Have I ruined the plant or will it come back next year.

Hi Pat, Your hydrangea will

By Almanac Staff

Hi Pat,
Your hydrangea will come back next year but may not flower depending on the variety you have. You may have cut off the new flower buds for next year. See pruning advice on this page. To see your hardiness zone go to http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-ontario-plant-zone-hardiness-map.php
 

I have read many comments and

By DeeL

I have read many comments and this one is close to my situation but need more info. I live in zone5-6 and believe I have a big-leaf hydrangea variety. I rent and am trying to maintain this hydrangea bush, I had pruned it in the past but this year seems different. I cut it back to 6" from the ground in late fall, we had an extremely cold winter (I did not cover it), usually in the spring I see new growth (both on old wood & new wood). Its almost May now and there is nothing. I'm afraid I have damaged or killed this bush. Can you tell me if you think it will survive and what I can do to help it? Also, this year I have moles in the yard, all around this bush. Can they harm my hydrangea?
Thank you for your help

You mentioned pruning in the

By Almanac Staff

You mentioned pruning in the fall? With this type of hydrangea, you never want to prune after August 1. Flower buds will begin forming in late summer for the following season, so you're basically cutting off the new blooms. See this hydrangea page for more information.

It's more likely that you have voles versus moles. One idea is to clear all vegetation away and put a ring of mulch about 4 inches away from the base of the plant as voles do not like to come out in the open. See our page on deterring moles here: http://www.almanac.com/content/voles

I received a Hydrangea

By Sally Gillooly

I received a Hydrangea mac.Ramars/ hydragea cityline mars hardy in zones 5-9 and I live in central NC. Is it okay to plant outdoors in a location with some sun in the morning and afternoon shade? It has been sitting on my deck and now the leaves have some brown spots and a few have fallen off. No blooms since I received the plant in June 2013. Thanks for your help.

Plant the hydrangea in the

By Almanac Staff

Plant the hydrangea in the ground before the cold weather arrives. See our planting tips on this page.

I have one HUGE hydrangea

By Candace Fillmore

I have one HUGE hydrangea about 5 years old that has never once bloomed.
It is in a area that gets about 5 hrs full sun, lots of water in the spring when things begin to thaw, and I usualy cut all the dead wood to the ground in the spring.What should I do?

If your hydrangea blooms on

By Almanac Staff

If your hydrangea blooms on old wood you may have cut off the buds when pruning in the spring. Don't prune this spring. Wait and see if you'll have some flowers. Then prune after the flowers fade. Add some compost to the soil around the bush to give it some extra energy.

I love your site!! So

By Pacific NW Linda

I love your site!! So helpful:) Thank You So Much!!

I have a HUGE hydrangea that

By Kathy VonIns

I have a HUGE hydrangea that needs to be divided. I see that fall is the best time to move them, but is it also the best time to divide them? It also needs to be cut back before & I understand that I may not get blooms next year if I do so, so is this a good time to do this while dividing & transplanting?

You can transplant or move

By Almanac Staff

You can transplant or move hydrangeas anytime that the plant has gone dormant--so fall or early spring before new growth has emerged. All the leaves should be off before attempting to move your plants. If you are doing all this work with dividing, perhaps early spring is better as you have less risk of winter damage.

I have three hydrangeas that

By Natejte

I have three hydrangeas that I planted in the spring...and they have struggles the entire summer season. They have brown edges and the leaves are the color of mint spearmint gum. What am I doing wrong? They did not bloom at all. Thanks

In terms of brown edges, you

By Almanac Staff

In terms of brown edges, you might want to check your hydrangeas for spider mites. Look under the leaves for tiny specks that move and treat with insecticidal soap. In terms of best growth, consult this page. They like moist soil that also drains well. They do not like dry conditions; it's best to amend your soil with organic compost and also mulch to keep the soil cool. Be sure to mulch and protect them if you live in a cold-weather place for winter.
In terms of blooming: lack of flowering is often due to pruning at the wrong time or over-feeding with fertiliser too high in nitrogen or a late spring freeze.

I have hydrangeas that have

By Larry Myers

I have hydrangeas that have black spots on the leaves in late summer.what causes this.

This is usually a bacterial

By Almanac Staff

This is usually a bacterial leaf spot. Remove infected leaves. Water your plants at the soil line and avoid getting their leaves set. Ensure good plant spacing for air circulation. Apply copper-based fungicides in late spring to help limit disease spread.

Hello, I'm in Michigan and

By Tracks

Hello, I'm in Michigan and have several Big Leaf Hydrangeas. I'd like some white mophead/big leaf. It seems Annabelle are common, bu grow on new growth so they're floppy with the rain. Is there a white Big Leaf Mophead hydrangea that will tolerate Michigan that grows on old growth? I've read Incrediball can be hit and miss with blooming. Thank you.

As a general rule,  Mopheads

By Almanac Staff

As a general rule,  Mopheads bloom on old wood. However,  'Bailmer' (trademarked as Endless Summer) flowers on old and new growth. There is a white version called Blushing Bride that blooms on new growth.

I planted two hydrangeas 3

By Helen Shaw

I planted two hydrangeas 3 weeks ago from my local nursery, they were over crowded in the pots and some leaves were spotty, they each had two blooms. I dug the holes and added compost, set the plants in, leaving the top of the dirt slightly above the ground level as instructed. The leaves are shriveling and I am pulling them off, there are signs of new growth, but some of the new growth is shriveling as well. I am watering them every two days, they get morning shade and some morning sun, with more afternoon sun, but are planted on the left of a japanese maple, so are getting shaded from the strongest afternoon sun. Why are they continuing to lose their leaves?

It may be a nitrogen

By Almanac Staff

It may be a nitrogen deficiency. Try using a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, but make sure it does not include phosphorus.

When is the best time to

By stella schinnour

When is the best time to transplant hydrangeas?

Transplant your hydrangea in

By Almanac Staff

Transplant your hydrangea in late fall when most of its leaves have fallen off.

Hi. I purchased a hydrangea

By Liezl

Hi. I purchased a hydrangea last May during a trade fair. It was in a pot and was in full bloom. The color of the flower is white/yellowish. I transplanted it immediately when I get home. I noticed some of the flowers started to wilt until nothing is left. But fior the first two months,it started to have some growth so I was glad and thought it will live. It's located under a tree but has full sun when it's a sunny day. But since august, it's been raining almost everyday and then the leaves started to turn yellow. What should I do? We have clay soil.I don't want it to die.. It's too beautiful when I bought it.

The rain may be the culprit.

By Almanac Staff

The rain may be the culprit. Hydrangeas do not like to be overwatered. You should amend your soil with coarse sand, compost, and peat moss.
http://www.almanac.com/content/preparing-soil-planting

My hydrangea plants are now

By June Packard

My hydrangea plants are now on their second year. Both have successfully bloomed, However, now the leaves on the stalks are turning yellow and falling off. I live in Vermont. My plants get full sun.

It is possible to overwater

By Almanac Staff

It is possible to overwater hydrangeas. If that isn't the case, it may be a nitrogen deficiency. Try using a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, but make sure it does not include phosphorus.

I have two hydrangeas in two

By Kim Bamford Duane

I have two hydrangeas in two different areas of my yard. This is my second season with them and I'm disappointed they haven't bloomed. We thought they were in the perfect home. They have 6 full hours of direct morning sun and are in full shade from about 2pm on. We want to change the soil but I don't want to remove the plant, change the soil and re-plant because I don't want to shock them. Can we change the soil all around it or is it best to remove it, root and all and then re-plant it?

Dig down a little around the

By Almanac Staff

Dig down a little around the plants without hurting the roots and add some compost or aged manure. Mix it into the existing soil. Water well and see if you can get some flowers next year. If not transplant next fall.

I have a panicle hydrangea

By Robyn P

I have a panicle hydrangea that blooms in August until mid October. I'm wondering if it's possible to divide it and transplant half to a separate location. Not sure when would be the best time and what the steps are to go about doing it.

Best time to divide is when

By Almanac Staff

Best time to divide is when the bush is dormant in late fall or early spring. Carefully dig up the plant trying to get the entire rootball. Find a good spot in the middle of the root ball to cut into. Use a spade and/or a pitch fork to cut into the roots and carefully seperate the two sections. Plant and water.

I received a hydrangea for

By cheryl lynn donaldson

I received a hydrangea for easter. I transplanted in my flower bed, but pruned off the flowers because they were turning brown and thought I should. I have healthy leaves, but no more blooms have sprouted. Have I ruined the plant forever or will it bloom next year? I didn't do my research before I pruned. thanks fory our help.

You did everything right.

By Almanac Staff

You did everything right. It's OK to prune if there are some brown petals. As you said this was a "gift" hydrangea, our suspicious is simply that this type is different than the nursery container. The foil wrapped hydrangea has usually been grown for a one-time, spectacular show. It's fed just for a big bloom and no thought has been given to its long-term health. It is often grown in a greenhouse and just not hearty enough for the "wild."

I have a blue hydrangea and

By betty swain

I have a blue hydrangea and the leaves are curling and blooms are turning brown and thanks for ansering my first letter

Check under the leaves for

By Almanac Staff

Check under the leaves for spider mites. They are tiny specks of brown and red and move when you touch them. Blast off with water. Then spray an insecticidal soap or horticultural oil to all leaf surfaces early in the morning, following label directions.

We recently had work done at

By RobYnWithaY

We recently had work done at our home, and our hydrangeas had to be moved for about 5 days..they had been in that particular spot for at least 7 years. I was told once they put them back,in the same location in new sod and mulch to water them every day. I have been doing that, however one of my hydrangeas is wilting and the leaves and flowers are turning brown... what am I doing wrong? I do not want to lose it is one of my favorites.. a beautifule purple!! I live just out side of boston .. not sure what zone that is.. thank you

Your hydrangea is suffering

By Almanac Staff

Your hydrangea is suffering from transplant shock. Late fall and early spring are much better times to move and transplant hydrangeas. Keep watering and don't prune any branches until spring. Hopefully your hydrangea will have some new growth next year and you can cut back the dead branches.

I live in Phoenix, AZ where

By Paul Gray

I live in Phoenix, AZ where it gets VERY hot in the summer(daytime temperatures of 115 degrees are not rare). Can I grow hydrangea trees (or bushes) in this type of atmosphere. They would get sun all day.

Hydrangeas are really meant

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas are really meant for cooler climates than Arizona. That said, some readers have tried to grow them. H.quercifolia can tolerate heat. H. macrophylla is adaptable. You will need rich, porous soil (not clay) and may need to add acid to the soil, too. We're not sure it's all worth the effort, but let us know how it goes! There are some gorgeous flowering bushes in Arizona (Bougainvillea is a favorite) and we always advise a more native plant.

I moved about a year ago, and

By Patti Seugling

I moved about a year ago, and inherited tons of hydrangeas. I prune away the dead stems to the first sign of life on them, and cut out any completely dead ones. My hydrangeas bloom fully, and without problem. However, once they have bloomed, I'm not sure what to do with them. Should I cut off blooms to make way for new growth? Should I cut them as they start to wilt? If I leave them be, as I did last year, they turn colors and right now they are more of the antique hydrangea color of white/pink/green blooms... is this a good thing/normal or are they dead blooms that I should be cutting off? Confused. (they are the droopy kind, not the ones that are compact and stay in a neat little ball)

It is important to understand

By Almanac Staff

It is important to understand which type of hydrangea you own. There are many varieties and they have different plant care guidelines. Take a sample to a nearby nursery.
Based on your description, you probably do NOT have Hydrangea macrophylla which are the bulby type.
The most common type is Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' -- Pee Gee Hydrangea; you can remove the dead flowers if they bother you, but it is not necessary, For pruning: Thin and/or cut back the previous season's growth in early spring before growth; flower clusters occur on newly developing branches. You do want to prune annual so that you don't get an overgrown hydrangea.
See more on pruning above on our hydrangea page.

I have three hydrangeas-good

By Ashok Kapur

I have three hydrangeas-good bloom, leaves look good but the stems are weak and the bloom tilts. What can I do to strengthen the stems? I usually prune them in late fall. I am in Canada so the winter is cold and long. Thanks.

When it's pruning time, you

By Almanac Staff

When it's pruning time, you could remove the canes that are at angle of less than 45 degrees to the ground level. Also, remove all old canes from the center to give way to stronger vertical canes growing from the center.

I have a blue hydrangea that

By betty swain

I have a blue hydrangea that has a new plant coming out of the root and. need to know how to begin a new plant. thank you

I also have a pink hydrangea,

By betty swain

I also have a pink hydrangea, but all the blooms died off and I removed them and now all the leaves have curled up and I removed them also. will it bloom again from the stem or is it gone ??

To replant a hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

To replant a hydrangea sucker, first you need to slice betwen the sucker and the plant and gently dig it up. If you can get enough of the roots attached, you can simply replant in someplace else. Following our planting advice on this page. Water in well.

I planted two hydrangeas

By Greta

I planted two hydrangeas about six years ago. They bloomed and were beautiful the first year but haven't bloomed since. They get sun in the morning and are watered as needed.
The plants are growing really well and look really healthy but no blooms. Help!

"Why doesn't my hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

"Why doesn't my hydrangea bloom?" is a very common question and you are not along. The 3 most common answers here are: Excessive nitrogen fertilizer, too much shade (they can tolerate some shade but still need 6 hours of direct sunlight a day), and bad pruning (some hydrangea buds on old wood and gardeners prune off the buds -- see this page for more detail on how to prune to keep your blooms).

I just moved in and have two

By Donna50

I just moved in and have two old hydrangea and they are beautiful. But the flowers flop to the ground. How do I get the to stay up off the dirt. I live in zone 7 or 8 and I have seen others that don't. Are they being trimmed to low? I would like them to stand up more like a bush.

When it's pruning time, you

By Almanac Staff

When it's pruning time, you could remove the canes that are at angle of less than 45 degrees to the ground level. Also, remove all old canes from the center to give way to stronger vertical canes growing from the center.

Writing from Virginia.

By Ted Edwards

Writing from Virginia. Running behind schedule in late July, but can I still plant Hydrangea at this point or should I wait until Fall? The spot gets morning sun and then lots of shade. In the past the spot and still the ground have been deep in pine needles. Thanks!

Hi Ted, Morning sun and light

By Almanac Staff

Hi Ted, Morning sun and light afternoon shade is ideal for hydrangea. They love well-drained soil so pine bark mulch is perfect. You want to plant hydrangea when it is dormant and has lost all of its leaves. Late fall is the perfect time. You're welcome!

My hydrangea plant leaves are

By Dot12

My hydrangea plant leaves are been eaten but by what I don't know. There is hardly a leaf that has not been chewed on, any idea's what it might be. I can't see anything when I look at it to indicate what might be eating it. (I live in the Pacific Northwest. Port Angeles)

There are a variety of pests:

By Almanac Staff

There are a variety of pests: deer, slugs, Japanese beetles, and earwigs. We usually put slug and snail bait around our hydrangea--plus broken eggshells around the base of the plant. You may want to bring a chewed-up leaf to your garden center to get it IDed and the right solution.

I need some advice. I

By Karen in Virginia Zone 6

I need some advice. I recently purchase 2 mophead endless summer hydrangea one is blue the other pink. We recently completed a flower bed border adjacent to my back porch. I planted each one on opposite ends of the flower bed. They were doing great til the last week or so. The blooms are wilting and turning brown on the blue one and the same for the pink except the pink’s leave are brown too. I make sure to water them every evening. They get morning sun and afternoon shade. I am so sick with worry because I don’t want to lose them. They were so beautiful. I was thinking about deadheading the wilting flowers. Please advise. Thanks

Our first guess is that you

By Almanac Staff

Our first guess is that you are overwatering. On doing further reasearch, it seems a strong possibility: One source suggests that this plant tolerates full sun when/if the soil is consistently moist. It sounds like, with your making sure to water every evening, in a setting that has morning sun (which is not the hottest sun of the day), followed by shade, your plant is just too wet. Leave it go for a while—say, until the soil dries out. And then water only occasionally. As for deadheading, this plant benefits from deadheading. That is, it wil continue to produce blooms (until the first frost). We hope this helps.

I have 4 Hydrangeas ( White)

By Judy Krause

I have 4 Hydrangeas ( White) that I planted this spring and have had beautiful large blooms thru the summer. I noticed that now there are still many new blooms but they are green and not turning white. What is going on?

It depends on your variety of

By Almanac Staff

It depends on your variety of hydrangea. For example, Annabelle hydrangeas, which bloom white, always turn green when they have been in bloom about two weeks (sometimes they stay white a little longer). In general, it is common for many varieties of hydrangeas to turn is green as they age, especially in climates where it gets hot and humid.

my plant is planted on the

By mary jungwirth

my plant is planted on the side of the house where the it is sunny in the afternoon. would this be to much sunny and cause plant to turn brown or do I need to water more! ideas please

my plant is planted on the

By mary jungwirth

my plant is planted on the side of the house where the it is sunny in the afternoon. would this be to much sunny and cause plant to turn brown or do I need to water more! ideas please

my 2 yr old pinkie winkie

By ann parrott

my 2 yr old pinkie winkie hydrangeas bloomed beautifully last year,but so far this yr. nothing.suggestions anyone?thanks,ann

Did you have a late frost

By Almanac Staff

Did you have a late frost this spring that could have hurt the buds? Did you prune the bush at the wrong time? See pruning tips above.

I live in north central Texas

By Leann Coleman

I live in north central Texas with sweltering summers. I want to plant hydrangea but would like recommendations on specific ones that would do well in my area.

Oakleaf hydrangea can do well

By Almanac Staff

Oakleaf hydrangea can do well in Texas. You must have acidic soil (pH 5-6 minimum) and a shady or partly shaded site. Morning or late evening sun is ideal. Contact your county cooperative extension--they'll have the best local advice.

I had two hydrangeas that

By Tim Bradley 2

I had two hydrangeas that bloomed well for years then less well or not at all. I divided and transplanted. Now I have thriving plants and few to no blossoms. I am ready to dig them up and replace with new. How can I get them to bloom? Please help. Zone 4. Morning sun. Afternoon partial shade.

I have a hydrangea (pink) but

By Elizabeth De La Paz

I have a hydrangea (pink) but I planted on a spot where the sunlight was hitting it but it burn the flower and only a little bit of the leaves so I took it and planted on a pot what do I do to it so it could get nice and beautiful again

I have had 2 hydrangea

By Heidi Steinhebel

I have had 2 hydrangea plants: both quite large when I moved in. I am trying to figure out if I need to cut down the long stems in the fall or spring? I didn't last year and all the green came back but I have had limited flowers, sometime none- so should I cut those things down each year or leave them?

See our pruning advice above.

By Almanac Staff

See our pruning advice above. You need to find out if your hydrangea blooms on old or new wood before pruning.

I want to transplant my

By Pam Taylor

I want to transplant my beautiful pink hydrangea to a larger pot. Will it stand the transplant at this time of year.? It is about 1 1/2 yrs What do you recommend?

The best time to transplant

By Almanac Staff

The best time to transplant is in the fall after the leaves have fallen off.

I am thinking of adding a

By Karen P.

I am thinking of adding a hydrangea to my back garden which gets both sun and shade. However, I also have a family of deer who like to stop by on their way across the neighborhood. I am wondering if they like hydrangea and if my attempt to plant them is a lost cause. Thanks.

Hydrangeas are often

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas are often preferred by deer. If you have deer in your neighborhood they should be planted with additional protection such as fencing or repellents.

my hydrangea is about four

By arlene donahue

my hydrangea is about four years old and bloomed early this year,the flowers have turned brown,i'm wondering if they should be pruned and how i can stop this from happening

June 2013 was so interesting

By Mrs H.

June 2013 was so interesting for my 3 yr old macro, the normally all peri blues came up w/ lavender and pale green centers, and now July 2-4 all pale pinks! I had about 10 smaller pale blues hiding in the leaves. Farmer, was it the odd weather this spring, cooler longer than normal and no rain in April? My neighbors older hydrangea, same specie, did the same thing! We both said last year they were bluer, and we didn't touch the soil. Mine looks so healthy, gets morn sun, pm shade, and I want to plant more since this one is happy. I did read coffee grounds worked on encouraging blues, is that true Sir? I had them mulched early this spring. I am in PA. I find the irridescence of the pale colors absolutely mesmorizing. :)

I have a hydrangea (mophead)

By Sundari

I have a hydrangea (mophead) that receives sun till 3-4pm (San Jose, CA) -- blooming well (about 7 or so) -- but has brown/curled up leaves; receives plenty of water (daily and sometimes twice during hot days). Right now the shrub is about 2x2 feet.

Not sure if I should move it or let it stay. Don't have another location except one that gets dappled sun only with 1 hr of afternoon sun.

I would suggest that, if you

By Lindasongs

I would suggest that, if you don't have a location where it could only get direct sun in the morning, then shade in the afternoon, the spot with dappled shade might be better for your hydrangea. Good luck!

I grow mine in shade (no

By Nick Savoiu

I grow mine in shade (no direct sunlight) in San Jose and they are happy as lark. Nick

Our hydrangeas have old tall

By Aneita

Our hydrangeas have old tall woody stems with no leaves among the healthy plants. Is it ok to prune the old woody stems?

Yes, it is fine to remove the

By Almanac Staff

Yes, it is fine to remove the old woody stems.

I have two pots of pink

By Beth Fields

I have two pots of pink hydrangeas on my front porch. They've been there about 6 weeks and have stayed a gorgeous, brilliant pink in color. After the past few days, the petals are starting to turn a dingy brown. This is my first time to have hydrangeas, what am I doing wrong? I should note that I live in Alaska, and we have lots of sunshine right now. The porch gets plenty of mostly indirect sunlight. Many thanks.

Hydrangea flowers do fade

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangea flowers do fade after a period of bloom. You can deadhead (remove) the spent flowers by cutting close to the bloom. Most woody plants do not rebloom after you remove the old flowers. There are a few varieties that do rebloom, 'Endless Summer' is one.

My hydrangea was severely

By edward black

My hydrangea was severely stressed during a recent hot spell. The blooms, which were just opening wilted and are now dry; the inner part of the bloom is seems to be recuperating. Will new flowers develop if the damaged flowers are pruned? What should I do?

Most woody plants don't

By Almanac Staff

Most woody plants don't rebloom after you remove the spent flowers. Deadhead by pruning the stem above the first set of large leaves close to the flower.

I have several endless summer

By Carlene

I have several endless summer varieties and love to use them in bouquets. Sometimes the cut flowers last a long time, however, sometimes the flowers wilt immediately. Why?

Yes, hydrangea will often

By Almanac Staff

Yes, hydrangea will often wilt. The solution is to 1) pick in morning once flowers are in full bloom, 2) immediately plunge in cold water, 3) have some boiling water on the stove. Let it cool a bit, and then put the stems in the hot water to sear them and then back to cold water. Some readers sear the stems with a flame.

After replanting our

By paulette firestone

After replanting our hydrageas last year we did not get flowers.We knew this would happen.My gardener planted other flowers around them...daisies, daylilies, hibiscus, etc. so that we had flowers last summer. This summer our hydrageas are almost hidden by all these flowers. Gardener says this is good for the hydrageas...I think they are being overcrowded. Can hardly see them...Should hydrageas be neslted within other flowers or be completely on their own with no other plants.

Hydrangeas don't like to be

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas don't like to be crowded. Plant them in a spot 6 to 8 feet wide where they can spread. Plant them as a backdrop with shorter perennials or annuals in front or plant them at the edge of a garden.

When I want to cut flower for

By Frank Kobertz

When I want to cut flower for inside the home how much of the stem can I cut

Cut as much stem as you wish

By Almanac Staff

Cut as much stem as you wish but just make sure you cut early in the morning and only blooms that are fully open. Put in cool water asap.
To avoid wilting, here is a tip that we read about:
--Put cut ends in almost-boiling water for 30 seconds, then plunge into cool water.

MY HYDRANGEA LEAVES ON TWO

By TERRI SAPORITA

MY HYDRANGEA LEAVES ON TWO SMALL BUSHES ARE LIGHT GREEN, ALMOST YELLOW. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?

First, monitor the moisture

By El Brant

First, monitor the moisture level and try to make sure that the plants are not being 'over watered'. The other possible culprit is soil ph levels. Take a sample of your soil near the plant to the local arboretum (county extension office). They may offer soil testing - which will tell you what you need to do to correct the soil ph. Either way, this is going to be a relatively easy fix.
I hope you have plenty of blooms!

I have 2 hydrangas, but do

By William Robert

I have 2 hydrangas, but do not know the variety, but they are "old". They receive morning sun and some shade in the afternoon. They only produce a few flowers each.Planted in beds that support others shrubs without problem. What can be done to help these plants bloom? I have not added any fertilizers.

Add compost to enrich the

By Almanac Staff

Add compost to enrich the soil. Do a little research to find out what type of hydrangea you have and then prune some of the older branches in the fall or spring. See our pruning advice above.

I just planted my hydrangea 3

By Shelli

I just planted my hydrangea 3 days ago. I have watered it every day. The leaves are beginning to wilt and turn brown. What should I do..

Look under the hydrangea

By Almanac Staff

Look under the hydrangea leaves and see if there are tiny spider mites. They suck the juice from the leaves. If you've got mites, spray all leaf surfaces with insecticidal soap. If you're not sure of this diagnosis, bring a sample back to the nursery!

Hi this may sound of the wall

By Diane mal

Hi this may sound of the wall but my daughter has a puppy and she was peeing in the flower bed plus I was putting morning coffee grinds on some off the flowers and they are just beautiful this year and I live at the Jersey shore so we do not have the greatest of soil but this is what worked for me both things have different acids !

Can Hydrangeas receive too

By martydean

Can Hydrangeas receive too much water? Have 3 that have died in a new bed that received heavy run off in Late winter/early spring. Replaced and it is hot July and they are wilting again. What could be wrong?

Hydrangeas need well draining

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangeas need well draining soil and don't like wet feet. Add compost to the soil and put some mulch around the plants to keep the soil moist. Supply some shade if the sun is too hot.

My hydrangea bloomed the

By Joan DiTondo

My hydrangea bloomed the first year with huge dark pink flowers. Every year after the blooms get smaller and numerous. It is very healthy. I live in south jersey have sand soil and fertilize with Miracle gro.

I have a hydrangea (not sure

By BonnieN

I have a hydrangea (not sure what type) that I planted three years ago. When I planted it, it had full, beautiful blooms. The first year it didn't bloom at all, which I expected. Last year and this year it has big blooms, but they only open around the edges. What can I do to get the blooms to be fuller again, like they were when I bought the plant?

I got a plant for Mothers

By Jamielynn wallace

I got a plant for Mothers Day, since then it's lost almost all of its leaves and all the blooms died. It was poted in a larger pot in good soil and watered 2-3 times per week. Why is it in so much distress? I do see new growth on it now, but not sure what else to do for it. Can you help?

Florist hydrangeas (the kind

By La

Florist hydrangeas (the kind they sell for mother's day) are much more delicate than shrubs you would buy at a garden center. They are really bred for short-term beauty and most people throw them out when they wilt. If you water it well (not soggy, but don't let it dry out) and keep it in a partly sunny spot (not too hot, protect from full afternoon sun) you might be able to keep it alive and next year get more flowers. Eventually you should plant it in the ground.

I have a hydrangea that is 13

By Shelia Jones-McPherson

I have a hydrangea that is 13 - 14 years old. My bush has never flowared. It is in 3/4 shade, red clay mixed with potting soil, and I have added lime two years ago. What else can I do?

Too much shade reduces

By Almanac Staff

Too much shade reduces blooms. You may need to transplant your hydrangea to a sunnier spot. Morning sun is best. Add compost to the soil and add mulch around the plant to keep the soil moist.

I have lacecap hygrangea and

By Marge Q.

I have lacecap hygrangea and they produce large buds, but they turn brown before the buds open. Why?

Hydrangea flower buds and

By Almanac Staff

Hydrangea flower buds and blossoms turn brown if the plant becomes stressed. It can be caused by not enough water or too much sun. If the buds are exposed to full sun for many hours, the plant cannot provide enough moisture to the buds and they dry out. About 4 hours of morning sun is perfect.

I have (2) endless summer

By Melissa Dempsey

I have (2) endless summer hydrangeas, which were just planted March 2013. I live in zone 8. Both are nearing the end of their first flowering. Should I deadhead these? I've read mixed things about deadheading the first growing season.

Also, I have a Nantucket Blue hydrangea, planted the same time as the endless summers. Do I deadhead this one as well? Some of the leaves are brown; should I cut these off? What could be the cause of this?

Thank you!

Do deadhead the spent

By Almanac Staff

Do deadhead the spent flowers. It will encourage new blooms. Don't prune the stems or branches this year. Let the plants get bigger and more established first.
Brown leaves is a sign that the plant isn't getting enough water. Hydrangeas need lots of water. Add some mulch around your plants to keep the moisture in the soil. It's OK to remove the brown leaves.

I was given a Hydrangea in a

By Laureen

I was given a Hydrangea in a pot for mothers day, as I didn't know anything about the plant I looked it up online and discovered it's a shrub. I live in an apartment with a balcony, how do I take care of this plant???

Many hydrangeas will grow

By Almanac Staff

Many hydrangeas will grow well in pots. Choose a pot that is about 2 to 4 inches bigger than the pot the plant came in. Follow the planting advice above and put the container in a sunny or semi-sunny spot on your balcony. Depending on where you live you need to protect it with mulch or other coverings over the winter months.

I do so much appreciate this

By Verbie

I do so much appreciate this page i have learned the things that i needed to know for my plant thank you so much

I planted a hydrangea in my

By tina g

I planted a hydrangea in my backyard. it gets morning sun and afternoon shade. it had blooms on it when i bought it. they are gone now. will it bloom again this year?

Most hydrangea varieties will

By Almanac Staff

Most hydrangea varieties will not rebloom. Endless Summer is a new collection of hydrangeas that will rebloom.

I bought a Blue Heaven

By patricia leible

I bought a Blue Heaven Hydrangea. I planted it with moisture retention soil from Miracle Grow. The plant get some shade but mostly sun. I watered the plant with aqua feed from miracle grow. Now, the plant has some dark spots on its leaves. I also sprayed it with some pesticide that they recommended at Lowes. The dark tiny spots appeared later. Does anyone have an idea what could it be?

My hydrangeas bloomed

By julia donahue

My hydrangeas bloomed fruitfully for countless years then just stopped blooming, but produced a very large healthy bush--without flowers. I live in NJ (not sure what zone)...after 4 years with no blooms I saw ONE flower this year :( about to give up and dig it up...any ideas?? We are well watered and it is in the perfect sun exposure....Just noticed my smaller bushes that bloomed for 3 yrs. have ZERO buds now too--but also have a very healthy bush growing...very frustrating....

It looks your plant needs to

By Fiona Jones

It looks your plant needs to treated with Holly Tone. You should feed the plant with Holly tone in spring and fall, then you will see the plant bloom. You can buy it at Home Depot or Lowes

I live in zone 7 and every

By Dawn Mcentire

I live in zone 7 and every year my plants get such a beautiful deep green color on the leaves and they are really full... but they never bloom. I do not understand why they are not blooming. I have had them about five years and last year there was one bloom and quickly faded away. I make sure they have plenty of water and they only have morning sun and then in the afternoon they have lots of shade. Any ideas???

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