The Q&A Archives: Pink Diamond Hydrangea

Question: I purchased 3 pink diamond hydrangeas this summer and planted them in late August. After about 2 weeks, all of the lower green leaves fell of, leaving just the stems and pink blooms at the top. Is this normal? Will I need to do something to get them to bloom next spring and summer. Two are planted on the west side and one is planted on the north.

Answer: It is not normal for all of the leaves to drop off newly transplanted hydrangeas (the stress of transplanting can cause a few leaves to drop and others to turn yellow, but it is not normal for the entire plant to lose all of its leaves). Your garden may have experienced a frost, which can cause a sudden loss of foliage, or you may not be watering enough (or too much). Try deeply soaking the plants once each week until fall rains take over for you. In the spring, the plants should leaf out and look healthy. You can remove the spent blossoms if you wish, but don't do any other pruning until next spring. Best wishes with your new hydrangeas!

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