Asked on Oct 17, 2019

Will my oak leaf hydrangea come back next year?

OlivaChloe CrabtreeAdrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome


While I was at my summer home in NY, the deer stripped every leaf off my ruby slipper hydrangeas in NC. Nothing is left but the bare branches! Will they come back. Next year?

4 answers
  • Peggy Burnette
    on Oct 17, 2019

    Hi Louise, sorry the dear are eating your hydrangea. I hope this information helps you. Are Hydrangeas Deer Resistant? | Plant Addicts

    1. › are-hydrangeas-deer-resistant

    The truth is, NO plants are deer resistant. If hungry enough, deer will eat just about any plant. ... In winter months, the exposed stems sticking out are what attract deer the most. Making hydrangeas that bloom on old wood especially susceptible to deer damage, as it could ruin the following year's blooms.

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    How can I keep deer from eating my hydrangeas?

    You can also buy deer repellent spray to apply on the leaves and branches of hydrangeas. Typically you need to apply every 30 days to maintain protection. This is the easiest way to prevent deer from eating your hydrangeas. In general, hydrangeas are definitely not a favorite for deer.

    Are Hydrangeas Deer Resistant? | Plant Addicts › are-hydrangeas-deer-resistant

  • Most likely. It could take a couple of years. Here is more info:

  • Chloe Crabtree
    on Oct 17, 2019

    It should come back, but you will want to protect it with a deer deterrent next summer.

  • Oliva
    on Oct 17, 2019

    You'll need to regularly spray this hydrangea with "Deer Away" or "Liquid Fence".

    Start now, because once deer have developed a taste for it, they'll be back, en masse. Strictly follow directions and spray both top and bottom surfaces, as well as the ground area, in a three foot perimeter.

    Oak leaf hydrangeas are like cavier to deer...

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