The Q&A Archives: Roots and base only hydrangea

Question: I transplanted a hydrangea from the sunny back yard to the shady front. It had 2 stalks and one flower on it and they both broke off. I went ahead and put it in the ground and propped up the 2 broken stalks. Is this hopeless, or will the base with the roots grow up some more stalks? It was just wilting daily in the hot sun.

Answer: If the stalks are broken you may as well trim them off neatly, cut just above a leaf. The plant should regrow from the base. In a way, the breakage is not so bad because it helps compensate for any roots lost in the moving process and makes the transplanting a bit less stressful on the plant.

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