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Hydrangea Care & Maintenance

Hydrangea plants usually enjoy a sunny morning and a shady afternoon, but some do well in part shade locations too.

monarch-butterfly-habitatHydrangea plants usually enjoy a sunny morning and a shady afternoon, but some do well in part shade locations too. When purchasing your hydrangea, always ask what the best variety is for your particular need.

  • Keep your hydrangeas hydrated the first two years after being planted. Don’t over-do it.
  • Depending on your planting zone, don’t prune until AFTER blooming.
  • It depends on the variety when you prune. Keep in mind that if you prune before the bloom in the fall, you may not have blossoms the following spring.
  • Have an older hydrangea? If you do, remove dead stems in the spring.
  • For example: oakleaf, panicle and smooth hydrangeas blossom on the current seasons’ wood so they should be pruned BEFORE bloom when the plant is dormant.
  • In the fall, cover plants to a depth of at least 18 inches with bark mulch, leaves, pine needles or straw. Cover the entire plant if possible.
  • Deer enjoy nibbling on hydrangea so if you have a larger deer population, you may want to reconsider planting hydrangea.
  • Other pests that may cause angst to your hydrangea include gray mold, slugs, powdery mildew, rust. Consult with your local nursery on the best treatment for your particular plant.