Multicolored hydrangea inflorescences create an atmosphere of dreaminess and romance in the garden landscape. But in order for this stunning plant to please with its flowering every year, it is necessary to provide it with good conditions even in frosts. Wintering hydrangeas in a pit helps to protect flower buds from freezing, because the ground cover is an excellent way to preserve hydrangeas in the open field.
Choosing a place for a prikop
Not every site is suitable for a prikop. The place is chosen on a hill in order to exclude flooding by groundwater. The site should be in the sun (you can use the vacated bed) and away from large-sized trees. The size of the trenches directly depends on the diameter of the pot to be buried. The container should fit easily into the ditch, and the palm should fit into the gap between the pot and the side wall of the trench. The southern side of the ditch is made at an angle of 45 degrees, on which containers with hydrangeas will be laid.
Only open ground is suitable for digging. Greenhouses and greenhouses are not a suitable place for these purposes, because during the day, in sunny weather, the temperature there can rise up to 10 degrees, and at night it is compared to the street temperature. Hydrangeas heat up during the day, and freeze at night – the plant dies, in addition, there is no snow cover in the protected ground.
Preparation and installation of hydrangeas in the pit
Make sure the pot is strong enough for wintering. Do not use terracotta or metal containers. In the first case, the pots burst, and in metal, the root system freezes.
Hydrangeas are installed in the trench after natural leaf fall, but before laying the pots, let the roots be well saturated with moisture. Immerse the plants directly in the container in a bucket of water for 30-60 minutes. Now you can start installing.
- Cover the bottom of the trench with pebbles, sand or expanded clay, this will prevent the accumulation of moisture at the bottom of the container.
- Place the pots with hydrangeas with their tops facing south, and tie the specimens with a branchy crown.
- Fill containers so that there are no voids between the pots, the shoots should remain open.
- Compact the soil under the branches so that there are no holes and hills, the stems should lie flat.
- Lay a dense non-woven fabric on top of the trench and cover with a mulch layer of at least 15 cm.
To ensure the safety of hydrangeas in severe winters, an air gap can be created. To do this, install frames or ordinary wooden boxes (upside down) on top of the trench, cover them with dry grass, foliage and earth.
Extracting hydrangeas from the pit
In the spring, when the snow begins to melt, remove the snow cover from the shelter. For several days the place should be warmed up by the sun, the earth should thaw. Do not remove the insulating shelter immediately, arrange for daytime ventilation in the first week. It will be possible to get the hydrangeas from the pit after the threat of return frosts has passed. But do not rush to put them in the garden, keep them in a greenhouse or greenhouse for 2-3 days to get used to the active sun.
There are several ways to preserve hydrangeas in the winter, the prikop is one of the most successful. With this method, flower buds are preserved, the risk of losing buds due to the vagaries of the weather is minimal. Take our advice and safely grow the most capricious varieties of hydrangeas on your site. And, yes – in this way, you can save even very young seedlings that have just been received from the online store in winter. Therefore, do not be afraid to buy hydrangeas in the fall, right now the choice is especially great, and prices are low.
Article author: Oksana Artemenko