Freeze damage on hydrangeas

Asked April 21, 2016, 9:19 AM EDT

I have several mophead hydrangeas that were leafing out beautifully, before the hard freeze. The freeze turned all their leaves black and shriveled. The bushes still look awful, no new leaves seem to be growing except a few at the very bottom. Should I cut them to the ground or do something else? I need them to get growing and look decent as we are going to sell the house and they're in the front yard. Thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Everyone's hydrangeas got hammered in the harsh freezes. The roots are still alive. If you have new growth coming in at the base, go ahead and prune off the dead stalks. They should be fine.