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How do you winterize hydrangeas in Zone 5?
Last Updated: 5th January, 2020
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Similarly, you may ask, how do you winterize hydrangeas?
A good way to start winterizing hydrangeas is to lay down a thick layer of mulch over their root area. Straw works well for this. For even greater protection, cover the shrub with a wire cage, or build a cage around it with strong stakes and chicken wire. Wrap burlap or insulation cloth around the cage.
Additionally, what do hydrangeas look like in the winter? Many hydrangea species display interesting bark that is most visible in the winter months. Oakleaf hydrangeas are one example. The peeling, shredding bark of older stems reveals rusty, cinnamon-colored twigs underneath. Smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) also have shredding bark.
Similarly, do you need to cut down hydrangeas for winter?
In late winter or early spring, these shrubs can be cut all the way back to the ground. Smooth hydrangeas will produce much larger blooms if pruned hard like this each year, but many gardeners opt for smaller blooms on sturdier stems.
Should hydrangeas be cut back in the fall?
It is easy to grow these hydrangeas because they bloom every year regardless of how they are cared for or treated. They can be pruned to the ground in the fall and they will emerge in the spring with bountiful blooms. However over a period of time this drastic pruning may cause the plant to slowly weaken.