How to overwinter a helleborus & hydrangea

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How to overwinter a helleborus & hydrangea

Post by kmcc54 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:44 am

I recently bought a blooming helleborus (gold collection, HGC Jacob) and a small 'shooting star' hydrangea (lacecap) that is also blooming. I would like to plant these outside in the spring. How can I overwinter them? Many thanks for your help. Leesburg, Va

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Re: How to overwinter a helleborus & hydrangea

Post by lorijones » Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:23 pm

A lot depends on where these plants came from and how big they are. I am assuming they are in pots. If they were growing outside at a local garden center or at a garden center that is in the same climate or colder than you are, the best thing to do is to plant them right now and mulch them heavily to keep them from heaving out of the ground. These plants will be hardened and should be fine outside in the ground. If they have been growing indoors in a greenhouse, they will be more tender and the wood will not be hardened and matured. You can still plant them outdoors but the stems my dieback. If they came from a warmer climate through mail order, you may have to try to overwinter them in a protected area such as a garage. If they are in smaller pots it will be a challenge to keep them watered through the winter. If this is the case, you could always pot them up into larger containers that would be easier to keep watered.

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