Make sure hydrangeas have enough sun
Greetings all, I want to remind you that in late May and early June, bagworm eggs will begin to hatch. For more information on the life cycle and habits of bagworms, in addition to methods on how to eliminate them, please visit cecildaily.com and search for my column on the subject from April 25, 2014.
As promised, I continue to follow the progress of the Maryland Senate Bill 778 that would require the labeling of foods containing GMOs. The bill’s mandate was July 1, 2015. That has yet to happen. I continue to research it, but I keep hitting dead ends. If any of my readers have any updates on the progress of the bill, please email me so I can share it with other readers.
*** Hi Mr. Fischer, You mentioned in your last article that the crepe myrtle is one of your favorites. If it is one of your favorites why don’t you have any? Hi no name, The weeping willow is also one of my favorites, but I do not have any of those either. My current landscape does not afford a place to put them that would look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Thanks, Ken
*** Hi Ken, We have old hydrangeas, some barely blooming and stalky, and a couple of limelight variety, extremely tall with blooms only on the tops. What do we do with them? Same problem with Nandinas. Tall and leggy with lots of off shoots all around. Can we save any of those and what to do with the big one? TY Hi, The first thought that comes to mind is the lack of sun. Hydrangeas prefer morning sun. When de- prived of sun, the plants reach out for it, causing them to become leggy. If the lack of sun is the issue, try moving them if possible. You can also try pruning the plant. There are different methods of pruning, depending on the types of hydrangea you have. Here is a link to a site that will tell you how to precede pruning: http:// www. hydrangeashydran geas.com/pruning.html.
You will also want to fertilize the plants by spreading a layer of compost/manure around the base of the plant, being careful to avoid any shoots.
Speaking of lack of sun, be sure to read my column next week for the chance to win a free 3-in-1 function, moisture, pH and sunlight meter.
The Cecil County Master Gardeners and I thank you for helping create a healthy environment that will last for years to come. Happy gardening, Ken Fischer Please submit all your gardening questions and available photos to kfischermaster email@example.com.