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MrUPS
03-19-2012, 01:41 AM
I have two big hydrangea that have overgrown the area that they r in.... Can i cut them in half and move them? Can i do this, this spring? Or should i wait and do it at another time?
Thanks in advance

MrUPS
03-19-2012, 01:53 AM
Also i live in southern NH

cgaengineer
03-19-2012, 07:40 AM
It would be best to move them in the fall. I've moved them in spring and they did ok but the didn't bloom until the following season. I also had to water the heck out of them to keep em alive.
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White Gardens
03-19-2012, 09:30 AM
It would be best to move them in the fall. I've moved them in spring and they did ok but the didn't bloom until the following season. I also had to water the heck out of them to keep em alive.
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Ditto.

Hydrangea's can be one of the hardest shrubs to transplant.

Weigh your options. Either try to transplant them and take all the extra time and effort to keep them alive, or dig them out and go buy new ones to plant.

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MrUPS
03-20-2012, 01:05 AM
Thanks guys...I might just wait till fall...these can be cut in half right??
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Smallaxe
03-20-2012, 08:47 AM
I divide hydrangeas all the time... I started a whole bunch of hydrangeas from some roots caught in fabric, that came from a cleanup job in midsummer... so that should give you an idea about how easily they can be moved...

The most important thing for hydrangeas is to keep them OUT of the hot afternoon sun...

White Gardens
03-20-2012, 09:28 AM
The most important thing for hydrangeas is to keep them OUT of the hot afternoon sun...

Funny you mentioned that. Most Hydrangeas are classified as a full sun plant, but you hit days over 85* and in the blazing sun, and they'll get some nasty heat stress.

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Smallaxe
03-20-2012, 10:03 AM
White, you noticed the conflicting information as well... :)

They typically do great in the first 6-8 hrs of the day, but,, by 1 pm. it is very likely they will be wilting down in the direct sun...

cgaengineer
03-20-2012, 10:07 AM
White, you noticed the conflicting information as well... :)

They typically do great in the first 6-8 hrs of the day, but,, by 1 pm. it is very likely they will be wilting down in the direct sun...

Around here they do ok in almost full sun if established and irrigated but like you said...the hot afternoon sun does them in...they perk up quickly once watered.

Like axe said, they are easy to propagate...a cutting in water with root hormone will get you there.
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White Gardens
03-20-2012, 08:34 PM
White, you noticed the conflicting information as well... :)

They typically do great in the first 6-8 hrs of the day, but,, by 1 pm. it is very likely they will be wilting down in the direct sun...

I'm an observant little monkey......


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White Gardens
03-20-2012, 08:35 PM
Around here they do ok in almost full sun if established and irrigated but like you said...the hot afternoon sun does them in...they perk up quickly once watered.

Like axe said, they are easy to propagate...a cutting in water with root hormone will get you there.
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See, even when we have the issue with heat stress, it seems like water doesn't do much.

I've had customers water almost daily when this is going on and the soil is way over saturated, thus leaving potential for a host of other problems.

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Landrus2
03-20-2012, 08:46 PM
If they are still Dorman you can transplant now if you see buds don't move?
Those any one know how to change the color on them.

White Gardens
03-20-2012, 09:07 PM
If they are still Dorman you can transplant now if you see buds don't move?
Those any one know how to change the color on them.

As long as it's the right variety that you can mess with, you just need to add an acifier to the around the plant. Something like Miracid from Miracle grow.

You can also add massive amounts of peat moss when planting them. That will help jack up the acidity to turn them the Violet/Blue color.

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DA Quality Lawn & YS
03-20-2012, 11:27 PM
Funny you mentioned that. Most Hydrangeas are classified as a full sun plant, but you hit days over 85* and in the blazing sun, and they'll get some nasty heat stress.

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Esp Endless Summer Hydrangeas and similar. Man they look bad in hot, full sun.

cgaengineer
03-20-2012, 11:44 PM
If they are still Dorman you can transplant now if you see buds don't move?
Those any one know how to change the color on them.

Acid makes them blue, lime makes them pink.
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cgaengineer
03-20-2012, 11:46 PM
See, even when we have the issue with heat stress, it seems like water doesn't do much.

I've had customers water almost daily when this is going on and the soil is way over saturated, thus leaving potential for a host of other problems.

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Clay soils?
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White Gardens
03-21-2012, 08:05 AM
Clay soils?
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More than likely if I recall.

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Smallaxe
03-21-2012, 07:22 PM
... they are easy to propagate...a cutting in water with root hormone will get you there.
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I had heard that before and was going to try that last summer, but never did... I've always had stems with some roots on them that I soaked in the soil for several days...

Do you remember if it is done with 2 year old stems, or newly grown?

cgaengineer
03-21-2012, 09:03 PM
I had heard that before and was going to try that last summer, but never did... I've always had stems with some roots on them that I soaked in the soil for several days...

Do you remember if it is done with 2 year old stems, or newly grown?

You know I honestly do not know...I had success with just a single leaf cut at the node.
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