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When is the best time to plant a Pee Gee Hydrangea?

by | Mar 29, 2010 | Ask Pahl's Market, Resources, Market News

I would love to plant a pee gee hydrangea tree. Can you tell me what time of year is best to purchase and plant this tree? Many thanks.

ellen�

Dear Ellen,

Pee Gee Hydrangeas make great additions to the landscape.  Their late summer blooms will last into fall and can be saved for dried floral arrangements.  Pee gee hydrangeas will do best with a little afternoon shade and lots of water.  Given the time of year, October, I would advise waiting until next spring to buy and plant your hydrangea.  Doing so will give your hydrangea plenty of time to establish a good sturdy root system before it begins to bloom.
If you decide you would like to plant one yet this fall, please make sure the hydrangea gets watered regularly until the ground freezes.  That generally occurs in late November, early December.  At that time I would insulate the base of the plant with several inches of mulch.  Main stems should be protected with tree wrap as many rodents find the bark tender and tasty in the dark of winter.  Best of luck with your hydrangea.

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