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Old 04-23-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs
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Hi Everyone,

I just dug up, today, a 40+ year old hydrangea (probably annabelle or peegee) from a neighbor's house who didn't want it anymore. To say the least, it was a task. It was either dig it up now and try to transplant in my yard or he would dig it up and toss it. So, I dug it up and it split into about 5 plants, 2 of which were bigger than the other three. There are little buds on some parts of the roots where it's trying to send up stalks. My question:

What do you think the success rate is of these taking hold in the spring in Minnesota? it's still relatively cool here but for the most part, things are certainly not dormant anymore. I know these prefer a late fall early winter transplant...so I'm curious what you experts out there think!

I planted them with plenty of peat moss and lots of water. 50/50 sun (morning to noon only). Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated! I sure hope they perform!

Thanks,
Sarah
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Sarah,

I think you'll be fine. They have all season to get settled in before winter comes. You may not get any blooms this year on them, but then again, you may. Keep them watered well until you see them putting out lots of new growth. Hydrangeas like lots of water anyway. I think you'll be fine.

Mindy
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs
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Thank you, Ggschmerl, for your response. I'll let you know how they do!
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I'm wishing you luck - hydrangeas are my favorites. I've had many but never attempted what you did - my gut says it will struggle to acclimate and then will be fine - don't give up!! I think our still cool nights (and most days) will be helpful.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Post Virginia creeper

I have been given cuttings of what may be Virginia creeper, would it completely die off in the winter? This has no leaves now, there is green wood though. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I looked up Virginia Creeper and it looks like all varieties are good to zone 3 which should take care of all of MT. SO - it would not die out during winter.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:36 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Thanks, that is what I have found also. I have valent grapes also and they look ready for the funeral but with fingers crossed maybe I will see some leaf buds soon. BTW we got a little snow yesterday.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was 85 here yesterday!!!!!!! Wonderful!! I'm seeing life in my garden.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:47 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I have been given cuttings of what may be Virginia creeper, would it completely die off in the winter? This has no leaves now, there is green wood though. Thanks in advance.
My apologies to the Moderator, must have had a sr moment when I posted this question, please feel free to move it or chuck it
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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My Hyrdrangeas have really spread and are just about to come to life. I wonder if I can dig up some newer growth around the edges now and transplant it else where as a cutting ? Not dig up the whole plant?
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