How to Care for Hydrangeas in Winter


Hydrangeas are shrubs that grow to be three to ten feet tall. The flowers come in many colors including purple, white, red, pink and blue. These flowers often resemble a cheerleader's pom-poms. If you live in a climate that is not warm all year round, taking care of your hydrangeas during the winter months is a skill that can be learned. This is well worth it to make sure your hydrangeas remain healthy.

Step 1

Bring your potted hydrangeas indoors just before the first frost occurs. This is the best way to care for your potted hydrangeas during the cold winter months.

Step 2

Examine your hydrangea shrub and use pruning shears to remove any wood or dead branches. This will get the healthy wood ready to produce new hydrangeas in the spring.

Step 3

Spread a layer of mulch three to four inches thick around the base of your hydrangea shrub. This will keep the roots insulated so that they are not affected by the harsh winter temperatures.

Step 4

Insulate the hydrangea plant by posting stakes around the plant and enclosing it in chicken wire. Rake your leaves and pine needles and set them inside of your homemade cage. This will insulate the hydrangea and protect it from the cold.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Gardening Know How: Hydrangea Winter Care
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