Winterizing Hydrangea Plants: Tips On Preventing Winter Kill In Hydrangeas

The first thing to remember when it comes to protecting your hydrangeas is that they are not plants but rather trees. They have their own needs and if you don’t take care of them properly, they will die. You need to make sure that they get enough light during the day and at night so that they won’t freeze over or even burn themselves.

If you want to prevent freezing damage, then you need to keep them away from direct sunlight.

In addition, you must make sure that there is no wind blowing on the plant because they may freeze over due to lack of air circulation. Also, try to avoid letting the soil dry out completely since this could cause the roots to rot and kill the tree. Finally, make sure that your hydrangeas aren’t near any water source which might cause them to drown.

There are many ways to winterize hydrangeas. Some of these methods include using plastic bags, wrapping the leaves with newspaper, placing them in a freezer bag, or simply covering them with a tarp. These are all effective and you should use whatever method works best for your situation.

How To Protect Your Hybrids From Frost Damage During The Winter Season?

You must make sure that your hybrids don’t get too much snowfall during the winter season. If too much snow falls on them, the weight will definitely break or bend your branches and even snap them completely. You can prevent this from happening by simply raking up the leaves or any other debris that might cover your bushes before winter comes. Just make sure the protect them with a tarp if there is a chance that snow will fall.

Another way to protect your hydrangeas from frost is to wrap the leaves with newspaper. You should definitely do this before winter comes. Just be sure to replace the newspaper when it gets dirty or wet since soil will eventually seep through and stain it.

You can also place the bushes in a box with holes on the top and bottom, just make sure to keep the box covered with a tarp when winter comes so that too much snow doesn’t fall on top of it. Another way to shelter your bushes from the cold is to wrap the trunks with a material that will protect it from freezing wind such as burlap. You can also place some sort of shelter over your bushes to give them an extra barrier against the cold, such as a tarp.

Most importantly, you should NEVER place your bushes somewhere that will cause them to get too much sun such as near a draft from an open window or door. Sunlight on your bushes during winter can cause them to burn and freeze at the same time. Make sure the area they are in receives shade during the day and that it’s exposed to sunlight later in the day.

As you can see, there are several ways to protect your beautiful and hardy hydrangeas from frost damage during the winter. You just need to keep them in a shady area that isn’t exposed to sunlight so that they won’t burn and get too much snow on them to weigh them down.

If you follow these tips, your bushes should survive until next spring when you can place them in their original area again. Just make sure to keep an eye on them so you can immediately remove any dead or dying leaves that might appear.

Now that you know how to protect your hydrangeas from frost damage during the winter, you can enjoy their lovely blooms all over your home during the coldest months of the year.

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Which brings us to a discussion on the final type of tea. We call it Kiku Cha which means “chrysanthemum tea” in Japanese and is pronounced kee-koo-cha. Kiku is also the Japanese word for chrysanthemum.

In Japan, it is one of the most popular varieties of tea and is widely grown throughout the country.

Chrysanthemum tea is processed similarly to green tea in that it is steamed and then dried. The exception is that after drying, the flowers are roasted before they are ground into a fine powder. This gives the tea a yellowish brown color and also gives it a roasted nut flavor.

You can still find this tea in Asian markets or even online. If you have trouble finding it or would rather just make your own you can follow the instructions below.

Kiku Cha Recipe

You will need the following ingredients: 1 oz of dried chrysanthemum flowers, 3 tsp of loose black tea, a pot and kettle, a mug and strainer. The measurements are based on one serving so you will need to adjust accordingly.

1. Start by filling your kettle with water and putting it to heat on your stove.

2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, take the loose black tea and put in on a flat surface like a plate or tray.

3. Take your chrysanthemum flowers and spread them out evenly on the tray as well.

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You want a single layer of flowers with no overlap.

4. Once your kettle is ready, pour the water into the mug and then add the black tea.

Place the mug in the strainer to keep the tea leaves and flowers contained while steeping.

5. Let it steep for five minutes.

While you are waiting, take your tray of chrysanthemum flowers and place it on your stove top. Turn on the burner to medium heat and once the flowers start to change color take them off the heat.


Sources & references used in this article:

Tennessee & Kentucky Month-by-month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by AM Halpin – 2006 – Storey Publishing

Gardening Southern Style by J Lowe – 2014 –

Rain gardens: sustainable landscaping for a beautiful yard and a healthy world by F Rushing – 1987 –



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