Whether or not hydrangeas need protection depends on how cold the winter temperatures drop. If the air temperature doesn’t go below 0 degrees (zone 7) there is no need for winter protection. In colder climates, wrap or completely cover marginally hardy hydrangeas.
Can hydrangeas survive a frost?
Hydrangeas are frost resistant to a degree. Some hydrangeas will tolerate cold temperatures and frost better than others, but correctly prepping them for winter, will minimize the risk of any serious damage. Hydrangeas can bounce back from superficial winter damage, but not severe winter dehydration or root damage.
What temperature should I cover my hydrangeas?
Hydrangeas, unlike some winter flowers, require protection only in areas where temperatures drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit, says Wilkerson Mill Gardens, but late-spring cold snaps can damage hydrangeas in almost any climate.
How do you cover hydrangeas from frost?
A good way to start winterizing hydrangeas is to lay down a thick layer of mulch over their root area. Straw works well for this. For even greater protection, cover the shrub with a wire cage, or build a cage around it with strong stakes and chicken wire. Wrap burlap or insulation cloth around the cage.
What do you do for frostbitten hydrangeas?
Examine stems with frost damage looking for green wood and swelling buds. When your stem is mature enough for bark, scrape the bark below the frost damage with your fingernail, cutting the stem down to healthy wood with a green cambium layer under the bark. Buds below the cut that weren’t damaged will still bloom.
Will my hydrangeas come back after frost?
Even though it can be a big setback, your Hydrangea can almost always recover from damage caused by cold and frost. To treat damaged Hydrangeas, wait until the temperature has warmed up and prune back the affected growth. Your Hydrangea may still bloom this year and should be back to usual growing habits next spring.
How do you protect hydrangeas from frost UK?
Protect your in-ground hydrangea in winter by making a frame around the plant using stakes. Wrap chicken wire around the stakes to form a cage. Fill the cage with pine needles and/or leaves to fully insulate your plant. Oak leaves work well because they do not settle as easily as other materials.
What plants do I need to cover for hard freeze?
Peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and basil are a few plants that if protected from a freeze may continue to produce and grow. Other tender plants will need to be replanted in the spring.
Should I cover hydrangeas for spring freeze?
Oregon State University Extension Service recommends using bed sheets or frost cloth to protect hydrangea buds in winter. You can also use burlap or old blankets. Frost cloth and thicker fabric provide better insulation to keep the heat trapped around the plant.