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Rabbits and hydrangeas

Can anyone tell me if rabbits eat hydrangeas? I currently have mine surrounded by chicken wire to protect them as they are out in the open and we have so many rabbits in our garden everything except rhododendrons seems to be at risk. Saying that, our neighbour has established shrubs leading up to their front door and the rabbits seem to have lef them alone as they are already large plants.

Also can anyone suggest the best time and method for taking cuttings as I have a fabulous electric blue lacecap that I would love more of. 

Many thanks in advance.


  • Don't know about the rabbits but as for the cuttings I personlly take hydranga cuttings whenever I see a nice plump shoot in the spring or summer.

  • helkemhelkem Posts: 3

    Thanks bridgey2016, hadn't expected such a quick response!

    I had taken some cuttings and wondered if I'd left it a bit late and your answer seemed to agree. Think I'll leave it till next year now to get the best cuttings in spring as long as I keep the rabbits off!

    Thanks again.

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,876

    Never had rabbits nibble hydrangeas, they like most other stuff though?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,991

    I'd agree with Lyn - they're usually ok with hydrangeas. They have a go at most stuff though, until it's established and sturdy enough to withstand the chewing.

    Emerging perennials are easy prey image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • helkemhelkem Posts: 3

    Thanks everyone, I might chance leaving one plant unprotected next year and see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed!

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