The Q&A Archives: Hydrangeas

Question: I have 2 hydranges I recently moved. One is 2 years old and one I planted earlier this spring. A week or so after replanting them they looked great but, after the frost we just had they look awful. They look wilty. I don't remember last year during fall/winter that they were at all affected. Can you tell me what I can expect?

Answer: A newly transplanted or planted shrub will be more sensitive to stresses and may even be slightly stressed for water due to the new and developing root system, especially if they are not well hydrated as will happen if the soil has not been kept slightly moist into the fall. However, in my experience, the typical hydrangeas are deciduous and will normally wilt when hit by cold weather and frosts, and then the leaves will fall eventually.

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