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I recently moved from Pittsburgh PA to Charleston SC. My neighbor dug up a Hydrangea from my old home and put the roots in a plastic bag and mailed it to me. I planted it in August and it took and got new leaves . I'm hoping it will bloom this summer. They must be hardy.
I found them to be hardy also. I was given a piece of root and it grew very well. I put it in a shady corner of the house and it's spreading. I appreciate the step by step, clear instructions in this article because I wasn't aware they will root from a stem. I enjoyed all three hydrangeas articles.
I've looked around and found it hard to determine which kind of hydrangeas are hardy in zone 5. I love the look of lacecaps, but from what I've read it seems that they may be hardy only in zone 6 and further south. Is my understanding correct? I believe I can grow panniculata in zone 5 with no problem. Could I possibly grow a lacecap in zone 5 if I planted it close to the house? Has anyone had any success with lacecaps in zone 5? Thanks!
I planted 3 annabelle hydrangeas in a semi-shady location in my yard along the fence. I was afraid to prune them or do anything to them because they grew so beautifully. I can't believe they held onto their dead flowers all winter long. My questions is: do I cut those flowers off this spring to get better blooms on the bushes or should I have cut them off in the fall? don't want to do anything to harm these beauties.
Also, mine are pink and I really would love them to be blue. Can I add something to the soil in the spring to change the color?
I have recently discovered Hydrangea propagation (july 09) and have moved my first starts from sand to a small container with potting mix.
My question is ... If I put them in the ground, say in August, keep them well watered, will they survive the winter in Zone 6A. I thought I would use your suggestion on covering with leaves to help protect them.
Or should I just keep them inside all winter in pots (not my favorite idea tho).