Some hydrangeas, especially those with huge leaves, need protection from the cold to survive the winter outdoors.
It’s important to remember not to prune hydrangea buds during the winter months as they are preparing to bloom in the spring. It’s also normal for hydrangeas to drop their leaves in the winter, making them look ugly, brown, and unhealthy. However, you can safely cut off old flower heads if desired.
Be aware that sub-zero temperatures can negatively affect hydrangeas, so if you have potted hydrangeas, it’s a good idea to bring them inside during freezing weather.
Young bushes need special care, like mulching and covering with materials that keep heat in. If you don’t do this, the plant will get sick and probably won’t bloom well.
How Do I Revive Hydrangea in The Spring?
Sometimes after a winter, Hydrangea looks so weak you wonder if it will make it. But don’t get too worked up; the shrub can still recover.
To help it, you should know that garden (large-leafed) varieties and young bushes should be slowly exposed.
Remove covers from tree and panicle species as soon as the warm weather remains stable, and there is no danger of night frosts.
Dry Hydrangea is a cause for concern, but you can fix it quickly. Here’s how:
- After the snow melts and the ground warms up, the plant needs access to oxygen and water. One bush needs 4 gallons of water in 7 days. Add manganese to the water to prevent diseases from infecting your Hydrangea.
- Feed hydrangeas mineral fertilizers like potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen in the spring. Apply fertilizer after watering, so the water doesn’t wash away the beneficial components.
- Loosening at a shallow depth will increase the root’s exposure to oxygen.
- Mulching not only aids in water conservation but also helps the grower out by reducing the time spent loosening the soil.
What Factors Affect Hydrangea Flower To Bloom?
The gardener’s primary goal is to start a growing cycle after winter to form buds and flowers. But what do you do if the branches at the ends have dried up?
Watering, fertilizing, and preventing diseases are just a few of the many tasks vital to the health of your hydrangeas.
However, timely shrub pruning is also crucial. Regular pruning is a further assurance of abundant blooming, which you must carry out following accepted practices.
- When tree-shaped varieties reach the age of 5-6 years, you can begin pruning them. The best time to prune is in the spring when you can get rid of any dead or dying branches and any that have flowered and are now too long by 8 inches.
- Prune Hydrangeas with prickly, serrated, and large leaves every 3-4 years.
- During any pruning process, you must not touch the flowers’ ovaries.
- To avoid infection, dust the wounds with activated charcoal or cinnamon powder after pruning.
Regular pruning will help the bush grow back quickly and bloom. If the Hydrangea doesn’t bloom in the spring, it might be time to give it a fresh start by pruning.
Preparing Your Hydrangea Adequately For The Winter
If you take good care of your hydrangeas in the fall, you won’t be let down by how they look in the spring.
- Protect the young plants and the cold-sensitive varieties by covering them up during the winter.
- Bring the plants in containers indoors and safeguard the shrubs in the open ground. Then make a frame around the bush like a tomato plant cage that goes all the way around the bush.
- Cover the Hydrangea’s roots with mulch, and pile a layer of dry leaves on top.
Cover the framework with a waterproof material, and your shrub will be safe from the cold and wind even when snow drifts.
Reviving Hydrangeas After The Winter
Even if the plant makes it through the winter without being adequately winterized, it will likely have a sickly appearance.
If your hydrangeas stop growing after the winter, go completely black, and develop spots on the leaves, it’s likely because the shrub has a cold bite or is attacked by pests or fungus.
It is possible to bring back a sick plant by using a variety of corrective measures.
- If there are signs of insects, you need to use insecticides to get rid of them. Bordeaux mixture (Mixture of copper sulfate, lime, and water) spray effectively against a wide range of fungi. Still, in the case of a severe infestation, it’s best to first remove the affected leaves before proceeding with a fungicide treatment.
- When Hydrangea doesn’t grow well or wakes up, you can take various steps to fix the problem. The nutrient recharge will help revive the plant, and the Hydrangea will again please with lush flowering next year.
- The cause could also be the soil’s composition. In one way or another, all hydrangeas prefer acidic soil, but they absorb the acidity over time. So, the earth will need to be more acidic, but you don’t have to use strong chemicals. You do the acidification with everyday household items, such as citric acid (or lemon juice), potassium nitrate, and electrolyte solution.
Avoid vinegar solutions of any kind, as they can kill colonies of good microorganisms in the soil and throw off the natural balance.
If you want a garden full of stunningly beautiful plants like Hydrangea, you can’t ignore the care they need.
Taking care of the Hydrangea, pruning it, and promptly protecting it from cold weather will help keep it blooming and healthy.