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#92445 Jul 18th, 2007 at 06:32 AM
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My Hydrangeas and Rudebekias have not done very well for the past 2 summers. Prior to that they flowered beautifully. I think that the trees and other surrounding shrubbery around them have gotten too large and are blocking out the sunlight.

I want to move them to a sunnier location. When would be the best time to do this? I live in zone 5 (Cleveland, Ohio).

Thank you,

Donna


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dcamp #92621 Jul 18th, 2007 at 10:27 AM
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The best time would be fall. You'll want to give them about 6 weeks to get rooted before your first frost. Hydrangeas actually prefer shade, but not full shade. They do best with a little morning sun or dappled sun throughout the day. They also prefer consistent moisture. The biggest problem with mophead hydrangeas is that the buds can be killed by late freezes, and they won't bloom. This is most common in the upper zones like yours. You might want to consider replacing it with the newer Endless Summer kind that blooms on old and new wood.


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