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gailc
05-10-2006, 08:37 PM
I managed to salvage two four foot Oak Leaf Hydrangeas that were about to be bulldozed. The largest part of the root ball remained intact, and the shrubs were replanted. Now they are in severe shock. How far back should I cut these?

jameson
05-10-2006, 09:50 PM
I managed to salvage two four foot Oak Leaf Hydrangeas that were about to be bulldozed. The largest part of the root ball remained intact, and the shrubs were replanted. Now they are in severe shock. How far back should I cut these?

1/3 to 1/2 is what I would recommend to reduce shock; flowers will have to wait for next season (the plant will eventually dictate how low to prune; you MAY have to cut down to basal growth). Keep them moist and in shade. Bone meal is a exellent slow release phosphate fert. and helps w/transplant shock. If you are so inclined you can also use B-1 liquid, osmocote, seaweed, kelp...etc, just get them some nutrients!

James