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Hydrangeas in Containers

June 13th, 2018

Around here, the deer mow down the hydrangeas to nubs every winter. Which means they have to come up from the roots and often don’t bloom. If they do, they only have one or two blossoms. Last fall, I dug up two of my ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas to see how well they would do in containers. After overwintering them in the basement, I moved them out and BAM – they’re blooming already.

Since this worked so well, I have four or five other hydrangeas that I plan on digging up and keeping in containers. I’ll most likely place them on pavers in the perennial borders during the summer and fall.

They’re a little leggy and I’ve been considering planting something underneath them to fill out the container, but they’re most likely that way from being weak last year before I transplanted them. I’m thinking that this fall I’ll cut them back hard and let them grow up from the roots next year. They’ll be shorter, but should have larger blooms. This is all a grand experiment and I already am enjoying more blooms on them than I have seen in the past 5 years.

What measures have you taken in the past to ensure blooms from favorite plants?

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