Tips from Olle Garden Bed: How to Maintain Hydrangea In Winter

Winter is a tough season for hydrangea. On the one hand, you should ensure that they are well taken care of and will not freeze; On the other hand, you don't want to do anything that will encourage them to blossom early. The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

So if you are lucky enough to have hydrangeas in your garden, you need to make sure you know how to take care of them in winter. Although hydrangeas are hardy plants and can survive in cold temperatures, you can do something to help them stay healthy and look good. Follow these tips and your hydrangea will thrive throughout the winter!

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When do I need winter care

Hydrangea is a beautiful plant, adding a touch of elegance to any garden. However, when the temperature drops and winter comes, it is difficult to keep hydrangea healthy in cold months. As a general rule, it is best to cover or carry hydrangeas before the first frost. Almost all hydrangeas will benefit from overwintering. However, in some cases, overwintering is necessary for the health of hydrangeas.

Hydrangea lobata

Although hydrangea is usually easy to care for and maintain, at least one hydrangea may require special care in winter. That is, Hydrangea lobata. This is because they bloom on old wood and their buds have been developing since late summer. These are the buds you need to protect against cold.

In the coldest months, it is important to protect these flowers from extreme temperatures. This helps prevent damage to leaves and stems. One method is to build a cage with chicken shreds, and then wrap them with burlap. Make sure that the chicken shreds can keep the cover on the leaves of the plant to prevent cold damage. Or, you can use plastic to cover large leaves - this is not the most popular, because any plastic you use may have moisture, and heavy snow can crush your plants.

For additional protection, consider adding polystyrene foam or bubble film under the burlap. This will provide additional insulation for your hydrangea and prevent burlap from touching plants.

Potted hydrangea

Looking for a simple way to care for potted hydrangea in winter? Stop watching! In cold months, you can keep potted plants healthy by following two methods.

In cold months, put potted hydrangea in the antifreeze space. This could be an unheated greenhouse, a cellar, or a garage facing north or east, with a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to keep your plants away from any source of airflow. If you bring potted plants indoors, please avoid putting them on windows facing south or west, because the sun may cause the bud to open prematurely.

Or, cover them with several layers of bubble film and a piece of jute fabric. Then tie them with a rope, but make sure to leave 4 inches above the edge of the pan. Now, cover or cover the surface with fallen leaves. This will help protect your plants from the cold outside temperatures and ensure they stay healthy during the next growing season.

Severe winter

In order to take care of all hydrangeas in cold winter areas, you need to provide them with sufficient leaves to protect them. This can be done by layering leaves around plants and covering them with fir branches or garden wool. This is especially important during particularly cold days or nights, as they are more vulnerable to frost or freezing temperatures.

If properly maintained, your hydrangea plants should survive throughout the winter dormancy season.

Tips for Hydrangea Winter Care

First of all, when protecting your hydrangea from frost or freezing, it is important to remember that these plants are native to warm climates and may not be able to handle the freezing temperature well. As mentioned above, in order to prevent any damage from occurring first, try to cover your plants before cold weather comes. This will help insulate the plants and keep them warm throughout the winter, helping your hydrangeas stay healthy.

Another key tip is to choose hydrangea with a winter hardy area suitable for your region. If your hydrangea is containerized, which means that the root is more exposed, you need to store it in an area that is one to two times colder than the actual area.

In addition, please make sure not to trim hydrangeas before winter. This will encourage new growth that is unlikely to survive in the winter. And, although the summer heat has been completed, do not stop watering the plants!

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Simple and easy

Hydrangea is very easy to maintain. All you need is a little sunshine and plenty of water to keep plants healthy and happy. They don't need too much pruning or special attention, which makes them very suitable for beginner gardeners who may not be familiar with their own flowers.

Whether you are just starting flower gardening or want to add some new hydrangeas to your existing garden, these facts about this beautiful flower will definitely inspire you.

Hydrangea wins!

Winter seems to be a difficult time to take care of hydrangea, but as you can see, with a little expertise and some TLC, they will stay healthy and happy throughout the season.