Q: I rooted an oakleaf hydrangea from an outdoor plant. It is doing well: growing and throwing out new leaves. What care would you suggest for the winter?
A: You can plant it in a sunny spot outdoors but the stems need protection from winter wind. Get a cheap wire tomato cage and cut it in half in the middle, making two short cages with legs. Place one of them over your cutting and completely cover with cheesecloth or a piece of bedsheet. The cutting will get sunshine but won’t dry out on a cold windy day.