YOU ASK... Dear Diarmuid I [...].
YOU ASK... Dear Diarmuid I was given a small potted hydrangea plant for Mother's Day which was in full bloom way too early. In time, I would like to plant it in my garden. How should I do this and when? The flowers are pink.
Yours faithfully, Mrs Estella Walker Woodford Green, Essex Hi Estella, Your hydrangea was probably forced to flower early so its biological clock has been messed around with.
However, nature has an amazing way of putting things right somehow.
I would put the plant outdoors in a pot for a while during the day for the next couple of weeks, which will gently help it to acclimatise.
But if there is any forecast of possible frost, bring it in.
The risk is probably minimal and it'll do well eventually. It might be shook up for a while, but it will soon revert to the outdoor plant it always wanted to be. Good luck!