How To Take Care Of Hydrangeas In Winter? [Full Guide]

Do you grow hydrangea? Or are you are seeking the best way to care for them during winter?

Learn how to care for your hydrangeas in this article.

One general characteristics of hydrangeas is that they bloom in various colors such as pink, lavender, rose, white, and clear blue. Their big bushels of flowers grant them a beauty unrivaled in the shrubbery world. Their charm is that they are wary of cultivating in almost any soil. However, the color of hydrangeas depends on the acidity of the soil. The color could be blue in soils with less than 5.5 pH, while soils with higher 5.5 acidic level produce pink color.

If you get white flowers, it indicates a hydrangea that is not affected by acidity.

Due to their size, hydrangeas are suitable for garden sites alongside borders. However, the smaller varieties can be placed in a pot, though these are significantly larger than most potted plants.

What Type of Plant are Hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas are woody shrubs with bright, beautiful heads of flowers. While they are hardy plants, they are susceptible to loss of moisture.

To prevent problems during winter, choosing the right type of hydrangea is essential.

  • Consider the amount of sunlight required.
  • Determine the type of soil you need. Would you need to compost more to provide it with the right level of acidity?
  • Consider the size and color and size of blooms you want to cultivate

The way hydrangeas bloom depends on their specie. They thrive in moist but not overly wet soils. Since sunlight is usually full sun in the morning with shade in the afternoon, it is best to plant them in the spring or fall when most areas enjoy partial sunlight. Regardless of the variety, all hydrangeas bloom while receiving constant morning sunlight and afternoon shade.

Common Types of Hydrangeas

The following are the common types of hydrangeas. They are defined by the type of flowers they grow and their blooming times:

  • Bigleaf: on old growth
  • Oakleaf: on old growth
  • Panicle: on new growth
  • Smooth: on new growth
  • Mountain: on old growth
  • Climbing: on old growth

The most common variety is the Bigleaf, the shrub that adorns many gardens. Their flower buds form in late summer and then bloom in the fall. This means that you need to avoid pruning a big leaf after August 1.

Hydrangeas at home or for decorating?

Despite the shrub nature of hydrangeas, you can use them in bouquets. The best way to place them in a bouquet is to cut around the stem region and place it in cold water to prevent it from wilting.  Once in the water, you can make it smaller by removing the lower leaves from the remaining stem; once in the vase, place it in an excellent spot.

There are several ways to decorate with hydrangeas:

  • Using the head of flowers, you can create wreaths for your front door or any other part of the house.
  • A combination of blooms, flowers, and buds can be used as centerpieces or table arrangements.
  • Potted hydrangeas can be placed in vintage crates in some corner of the house or on the porch to give your home improvement and a more farm-style look.

Hydrangea means water vessel. Ther its cup-shaped flowers reflect their need for regular watering. Keep this in mind when decorating your hydrangeas.

How To Care For Hydrangeas In Winter: What are their weaknesses?

Though beautiful, hydrangeas can be finicky, especially during winter. It would be best if you prepared them for a harsh winter. Otherwise, they will not bloom in the spring.

Here’s how to have winter care for hydrangeas :

  • Prune away any dead branches, but avoid cutting new ones. You can find dead branches at the base of the plant.
  • The next step is building a wood-stick frame around the plant.

Remember, all hydrangeas will lose their lives during the winter months. Do not panic! Your shrubs aren’t dying yet. It only indicates that the plants are entering a period of dormancy. Even during the winter months, you will need to water the roots. This is especially true if you live in an area with a dry winter without much rain or snow.

If you experience more rainy winter snow or winter without snow, the chipping will protect you from rodents and bunnies that will be foraging for food during the winter months. Additionally, it’d be best to keep the hydrangea base covered with wood chips, oak leaves, pine straw, or some other type if you get snow.

Mulching Hydrangeas in Winter

The benefits of mulching go beyond general protection. Mulching is essential for winter. The compost provides protection and environmental consistency if the compost is evenly laid. Mulching is also required for farming in regions where the temperature fluctuates between freezing and below freezing for weeks or even months during winter.

This fluctuation of low temperatures leads water molecules in the ground to freeze and de-freeze cyclically throughout the winter. This contracting and melting water around and inside the roots leads to heaving. The heaving of the roots disrupts the entire root system, causing the hydrangea’s death. The best material for protective winter mulch is pine straw, oak leaves, or wood mulch.

Once spring arrives, wait until the last frost date to remove the mulch. Ensure you remove the mulch after the last frost to void late spring damage.

If it is not removed, the increasing heat will create moisture around the stems, leading to rot resulting from a lack of air movement. Excessive heat with the mulch still covering the ground around the plant can lead to rots. You may want to consider a few factors if you grow your hydrangea outside its usual growing zone in wintertime.

If you are carrying or transporting your hydrangea in a pot from a warm climate to a colder one, it will need an extra layer of mulch for better protection. It might also help if you put a wire cage around the shrub and wrap burlap around the wire. While the beginning of the winter is the best time to mulch, if you have had a sudden cold spell and have not mulched yet, you are still in time.

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