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Old 01-20-2008, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I potted a Hydrangea .....will it last
From what I've seen they prefer to be in the ground, but i'd like to know others experience w/ potted hydrangeas?


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Old 01-21-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: St Augustine
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It depends where in Florida....I didn't have luck in PBC but here in NE Fl they do better. I've had one I rec'd as a present from Publix that is dormant now but will produce some beautiful flowers in spring.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I had one in south Sarasota county that lived, but barely. It was not happy in the pot or in the ground. Didn't matter what I did for it.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Not to get off subject but I have a question regarding Hydrangeas...I live in NC and of course it has died back for the winter. I have never owned a Hydrangea before...do I trim it back? It has all these stick-looking dead-looking branches all over it. I have read where you have to be careful not to cut the still living branches. How do I know if they are alive still? Or do I just leave it and let it grow out next spring? I cut it all the way back when we moved here in April last year and then it had no blooms. Any ideas here???
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: St Augustine
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I believe the flowers bloom off those dead stalks, so don't cut them off.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Thank you so much. This is what I was wondering. I will just leave the stalks this year and see what happens. Again, thank you!
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Not to get off subject but I have a question regarding Hydrangeas...I live in NC and of course it has died back for the winter. I have never owned a Hydrangea before...do I trim it back? It has all these stick-looking dead-looking branches all over it. I have read where you have to be careful not to cut the still living branches. How do I know if they are alive still? Or do I just leave it and let it grow out next spring? I cut it all the way back when we moved here in April last year and then it had no blooms. Any ideas here???
cut off dead blooms from what I understand.

We are in the tampa bay area ....warmer weather.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: S.E. US
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DON'T cut those stalks! Whatever you do...don't cut, or you won't have any blooms this year. They bloom on previous year's new growth. If you need to cut it back (because it's too big for you) then do it as it blooms, or right after it blooms so that it can set its new growth for the following year.

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Old 01-22-2008, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Go to
Care of hydrangeas - Google Search
and you'll find several sites to answer your questions.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Not to get off subject but I have a question regarding Hydrangeas...I live in NC and of course it has died back for the winter. I have never owned a Hydrangea before...do I trim it back? It has all these stick-looking dead-looking branches all over it. I have read where you have to be careful not to cut the still living branches. How do I know if they are alive still? Or do I just leave it and let it grow out next spring? I cut it all the way back when we moved here in April last year and then it had no blooms. Any ideas here???
Some of the hydrangeas you can cut back (and they'll still bloom), some you can not. The most popular ones that you can buy today (i.e. Endless Summer) you can certainly cut back without a problem. But if you cut them last year and ended up with no blooms, well, history will probably repeat itself.
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