Annabelle Hydrangea Help!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Blmtlandscapes, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    hello.... I have a customer that has a lot of annabelle hydrangeas that are leaning over into the grass area. She has asked me to fix the problem and Im not sure what to do. Should I really stake each seperate flower or is there any simpler way to solve the problem..thanx
  2. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    why are they falling over? too heavy/big? maybe some selective pruning will alleviate the issue for the rest of the plant?
  3. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    How about two stakes on either side of the plant with some twine between them to hold up the mass.
  4. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    If they are wilting they will fall over. Probe the soil to check for moisture.
  5. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Im pretty sure they are falling over because the flower head is so big and heavy and the stem supporting it is thin and long, perhaps I should prune them all back cutting a decent amount?
  6. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    Do you have pics?
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    If the whole stem is leaning from fairly low in the plant, you can tie fishing line around the mass of stems so that they don't lean as low. You don't even need stakes and the line is pretty much invisible. Just go around the leaning stems, then tighten up enough to make them look as natual as you can, and tie it off.
  8. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    AGLA idea usually works well, I typically substitute jute for the fishing line as it won't tend to dig or cut into the stems. You can also deadhead the plants as individual flowers start to fade, alleviating some of the weight. Sounds like the beds should be bigger to allow the hydrangea to grow naturally and spread or droop as they should.

    Hydrangea is an excellent drought indicator and the leaves will wilt o curl very quickly if the plants get dry. Typically they will come back as strong or better with the right amount of moisture, but may not stand upright due to the weight of the flowers clusters.


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