Make sure hy­drangeas have enough sun

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART -

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 gar­dener@ya­hoo.com.

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