Anyone familiar with Endless Summer hydrangeas in Park Ridge?
26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:15 PM
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Anyone familiar with Endless Summer hydrangeas in Park Ridge? Wondering if this is how the plant should look or if it’s dead. Thanks!

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:16 PM

No you’re good give it time it will be beautiful

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:16 PM

Mine look like that and I’ve had them for 10 years. The Green leaves are the new growth for this season.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:16 PM

All good!

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:19 PM

Yep you’re good!

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:22 PM

Mine look like that when they die back after winter but don't always bloom in summer.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:22 PM

If you want to keep the flowers blooming blue there’s something you can add to the soil to keep the proper acidic balance. gave mine away to a friend and don’t remember what it’s called. look it up at a garden center 😊

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:25 PM

You can pull out any loose / broken dried out braches, but otherwise it looks great! I have several of these in my front yard. depending on the acidity level of your soil it will either bloom a shade of blue or pink.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:32 PM

Yep, just pull off (snip) all the dead stems

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:33 PM

Looks good. I would trim off the dead wood from last year.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:39 PM

It’s alive and well. Cut one of the dry sticks. If it’s green inside, leave the rest. If it’s brown and dead to the core, then prune away all the dry sticks.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:40 PM

Diana Kovalik-Lawriw looks like you can cut back the dead branches!

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:42 PM

Looks perfect! Our gardener leaves it just like that.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 12:44 PM

Wow, thanks everyone! Greatly appreciate all the help!

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 1:05 PM

It’s fine, I never cut the dead off, it will thrive ! I love hydrangeas

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 1:14 PM

You should pull some of the dead branches off. It will be perfect when it starts to bloom.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 1:19 PM

Looks perfect ! It is healthy

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 1:58 PM

I don't touch mine. One year I cut it down it never bloomed it was all 'bush' I say leave and see.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 1:59 PM

Not to hijack the post but do we need to protect these tonight? Or leave

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 2:13 PM

Yep with be full in the next month. You can trim if yo want but I don’t. It’ll cover and regenerate

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 2:19 PM

Looks fine to me

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 2:21 PM

Looks good. It will grow

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 2:53 PM

Yes your good. Just get rid of the dead stuff.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 3:02 PM

It looks fine. I have a bunch

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 3:11 PM

It looks ok . Will grow soon

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 3:19 PM

That’s perfectly fine. That’s a mix of old wood and new wood coming in. Next fall trim them down to about the height of this one (see pic). I would not trim too much now (just the really tall ones) because you can still get blooms on some of the old wood and if you trim down all the old wood now you’re killing future blooms for this summer. You may need to fertilize them to get them to keep blooming. When they come from the greenhouse they have grown in a high pH soil (making them blue). But in our alkaline soil in Chicagoland they end up turning pink after a year or two (and yes they will be light purple in the transition time). So if you want them to bloom heavily you’ll need to give them bloom food. If you want them blue you will also need to add an acidic fertilizer (or just some lesser volume of acidic fertilizer to try for light purple). All of these supplies are easy & inexpensive from your local nursery like Pesche’s or Lurvey’s. Also, be sure you give them a lot of water, they need it. (You can tell by their very name HYDRAngea they thrive on moisture. ) If we get really hot days this summer (100+) your blooms might scorch. I have a sheer black netting I throw over mine temporarily on days like that, in addition to the sufficient water.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 3:29 PM

After it has fully filled in, you trim out any bare old wood above new growth.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 3:46 PM

Don Schroeder

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 4:11 PM

It’s not dead. that is how they look! It’s all good.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 4:35 PM

Not dead it’s starting to bloom

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 4:38 PM

Be patient

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 4:58 PM

You need to trim the dead off in late fall. But that is completely normal, just trim the dead branches. Also make sure you fertilize it and use miracle grow on it too. I have had these plants for 24 yrs

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 4:59 PM

Its coming back just fine.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 8:52 PM

It’ll be fine. Leave it be.

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26 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 9:06 PM

Looks perfect

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25 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 9:10 PM

I’d cover it tonight; to be safe and ensure blooms - hard frost coming

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25 days ago on 05/08/2020 at 10:13 PM

Looks good

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25 days ago on 05/09/2020 at 5:02 AM

Trim down the “sticks so you get blooms

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25 days ago on 05/09/2020 at 7:24 AM

Looks like it’s coming in healthy

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25 days ago on 05/09/2020 at 11:00 AM

It’s how it should look! Once it starts growing as it is you can cut the dead ones off

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