Posts Tagged ‘hydrangeas’

Oakleaf Hydrangea – Wilt

Armillaria root rot is common in landscape plantings of oakleaf hydrangea. The initial symptom is wilting of one or more shoots that previously seemed healthy. Irrigation does no good and within a few weeks the rest of the branches wilt...

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Hydrangeas – Why They are Blue or Pink

We all know that life depends on chemistry. We may not understand the chemistry…but life goes on whether we understand it or not. If you want to go hard-core in understanding why hydrangeas are blue or pink, here is a...

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Hydrangeas – Pruning Late

Even though July is the preferred month to prune bigleaf hydrangeas, sometimes circumstances intervene to keep you from doing what should be done. If that is the case, don’t despair. Hydrangeas can still be pruned after August… but more carefully...

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Hydrangea – Changing Flower Colors

“Lime makes ‘em pink, sulfur makes ‘em blue,” or is it the other way around? Indeed, adding lime to the soil around the common French hydrangea will make the plant change flower color from blue to pink. The lime counteracts...

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Hydrangea ‘Lady in Red’

Few shrubs have caused the excitement engendered by ‘Lady in Red’ hydrangea. It is a patented selection of an Asian hydrangea which has maroon leaves, red stems and a red lace-cap flower. For more information see: ‘Lady in Red’...

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Peegee Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: I purchased a peegee shrub and need to know how and when to prune it. It had many blooms and now has a bad case of flopping downward. What to do? A: With a complicated name like Hydrangea paniculata...

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Lacecap Hydrangea – Identifying

Q: I have what I thought was a hydrangea but I don’t get the big flowers that others do. It starts off with a cluster of little buds but then only the outer fringe blossoms turn into real petals. The...

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Hanging Baskets – Evergreen

Q: I’m looking for a plant that will stay green all year long and flourish in a hanging pot on my porch. In years past we’ve just bought annuals. Is there a perennial that will work under these conditions? A:...

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – Problems

Q: I have lost three good-sized oak leaf hydrangeas that were in dappled sun but a fairly wet spot. The leaves wilted from top down over a two to four week period. They were well-mulched and fairly well-watered (on a...

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – Pink Flowers

Q: I have noticed pink oakleaf hydrangeas around town. Is this a new variety? A: You are simply seeing the fading hydrangea flowers, which gradually change from white to pink to brown. When we have lots of rain, the high...

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Butterfly Bush – Problems

Q: I have a problem with a butterfly bush that has been very healthy every season until now. One side of it is wilted with all the leaves shriveling. However, all the leaves are still green – none have turned...

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Hydrangea – Pruning Late in Season

Q: I didn’t have a chance to deadhead my French hydrangeas in July. What will happen if I do it now? Should I just leave them until next year? A: If by “deadhead” you mean removing the faded flowers, there...

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Walnut – Toxic to Apples

Q: I have ordered an English walnut cultivar for my back yard. The only available spot will place it within thirty feet of young crabapple and apple trees. Very recently I learned that English walnut cultivars are grafted to black...

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Hydrangea – Leaf Spot

Q: I planted two hydrangeas a year ago. The leave are now covered in round brown spots and they are not blooming. What should I do? A: Hydrangeas commonly get a leaf disease called Cercospora leaf spot. It usually infects...

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Hydrangea – Growing Florist Type

Q: I’ve had a florist hydrangea in a pot for a year. Should I keep it on the deck or can it join the other “ladies” in the garden? A: Hydrangeas grown for the florist trade are somewhat different from...

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Deer Control – Electric Fence

Q: Last week you mentioned that your cousin is using an electric fence to control deer. We live out in the country and the deer eat our hydrangeas, roses and althea like they are candy. No repellents seem to work....

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – Root Rot

Q: I planted ‘Snowflake’ oakleaf hydrangeas last December. They have done great this year. But about a week ago, I noticed that the leaves on two of the shrubs were wilting. I checked around the base and there was adequate...

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