Deadheading A Hydrangea: Removing Spent Blooms On Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are one of the most popular plants in gardens and they are easy to grow. They love full sun and moist soil conditions. Their leaves have many tiny leaflets with a long petiole (the part between the leaf blade and stem). These petioles curl up at their tips when they wilt or dry out, making them look like little umbrellas.
The flower buds are small and white, but once open they turn into beautiful yellow flowers. They bloom from late spring until early summer. When the flowers fade away, so do the blooming hydrangeas! That’s why it is important to remove dried-out blooms before they fall off completely. If you don’t, the whole plant will suffer because its water supply will decrease dramatically.
How To Remove Dead Hydrangea Flowers?
When you notice your hydrangeas’ blooms turning brown, there are several things that could be causing the problem. Some of these problems include:
Too much watering too soon after flowering. Too little water too soon after flowering. Overwatering during the winter months. Not enough moisture during the summer months. Excessive heat in the garden during hot weather periods such as July and August.
Removing spent blooms is very important when it comes to keeping your hydrangeas looking beautiful. They will have enough time to rest and replenish the soil around their roots. This will enable them to come back next year with an equally beautiful show of flowers.
The best way to remove dead blooms is to cut them off right above the leaf nodes (the little bumps on the stem where leaves grow from) using clean, sharp scissors.
Deadheading Hydrangeas Pots
Deer are a major problem wherever they wander. They can eat up your whole garden within a couple of days. Hydrangeas seem to be their favorite snack in the summer, so I grow mine in pots. This way, I can keep them in my shed during deer season and not worry about losing my plants to those hungry critters. The only thing I have to do, is make sure that my potted hydrangeas get enough water.
If you plan on keeping your potted hydrangeas inside during the winter months, keep them out of the sunniest spot in your yard. A lightly shaded area during the hottest part of the day will help keep the roots from cooking in the pot. Also, make sure you water them weekly and don’t let them dry out.
This is definitely not the preferred way to grow these beautiful shrubs. I prefer to have them in the ground, but sometimes the deer are just too plentiful in a certain area of my yard.
Other pages on hydrangeas:
Flower Garden – General planting tips for your flower garden including new plants and ideas.
Deadheading Hydrangeas Pots – Dealing with potted hydrangeas during the winter months.
Deadheading Hydrangeas- Dealing with hydrangeas in the ground during the off season.
Buckets & Tubs – One of many ways to protect your hydrangeas during the winter months, by keeping them in pots and buckets.
Pruning Hydrangeas- How and when to prune your hydrangeas for best results.
Hydrangeas – General information about those gorgeous blooms.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Hydrangea: A Southern Tradition by M Browne – walterreeves.com
Hydrangea plant named ‘Blue Heaven’ by AD Klaveren – US Patent App. 11/508,681, 2008 – Google Patents
Hydrangea plant named ‘White King’ by T Ichie – US Patent App. 12/383,749, 2010 – Google Patents
Hydrangea plant named ‘Fanfare’ by T Ichie – US Patent App. 12/386,151, 2010 – Google Patents
Hydrangea plant named ‘Dancing Snow’ by T Ichie – US Patent App. 12/383,999, 2010 – Google Patents