The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea Transplant

Question: I recently bought a couple of hydrangeas and planted them in a flower bed (sunny locale with some late afternoon shade. The leaves and flower buds went brown within days. I pruned off the dead vegetation just above new viable looking buds. It is still alive but I am wondering if there is any thing else I can do to revive these plants.


Mark Guthrie

Answer: Many plants go through an adjustment period after being transplanted. It isn't unusual for them to wilt, develop yellow leaves, and drop flower buds during the stressful few weeks after being transplanted. Hydrangea tends to droop in the afternoon sunshine, but usually recovers overnight. There's not much you can do to help your plants become established except to exercise some patience and make sure they get adequate water on a regular basis. Water your plants deeply once each week, applying water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. I'm sure your hydrangeas will perk up soon.

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