The bad news, the trunk is probably damaged and the upper branches probably wont produce any leaves or blooms. Hold off on fertilizing the tree until you have good leaf expansion. If possible use organic mulch near the base of the hydrangea, but do not cover up any of the leaf buds you see.
Why is my hydrangea not producing leaves?
The primary reasons hydrangeas dont bloom are incorrect pruning, bud damage due to winter and/or early spring weather, location and too much fertilizer. Hydrangea varieties can be of the type that blooms on old wood, new wood or both. Nikkos produce blooms in the fall for next year.
How do you revive a hydrangea plant?
To revive hydrangeas water them generously, apply a mulch of compost and protect hydrangeas from direct sun and too much wind. Prune back any frost damaged or sun burnt growth to promote healthy growth.
Will a dead hydrangea come back?
that bloom reliably with little to fear from pests, disease or cold. In areas where temperatures annually stay below freezing for long stretches, hydrangeas die back every winter leaving a mound of dead stems to prune away in spring.
Should I cut the dead stems off my hydrangea?
First, its important to know that mophead hydrangeas do not have to be pruned back - ever - unless they are very old. Removing dead stems is the only pruning that must be done for the health of the plant, and these can be removed at any time. Dead blooms can also be removed at any time.
Should I remove dead hydrangea leaves?
When Cutting Back Hydrangeas Can Be Helpful: (1) All dead stems should be removed from hydrangeas every year. (2) After the plants are at least 5 years old, about 1/3 of the older (living) stems can be removed down to the ground each summer. This will revitalize the plant.