The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea problems

Question: I recently purchased 3 hydrangea plants, all three are in the same location in my garden (complete shade) 2 have been planted in the soil about 1 week ago, the other is still in the pot. The one that is in the pot is looking terrific. The two that have been planted in the soil already, look awful, droopy, almost dead...any suggestions as to what i can do to help them?? I really want them to grow, I just can't figure out what is wrong.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!


Answer: It isn't unusual for newly transplanted shrubs to go through an adjustment period; wilting and looking pathetic is just part of the game. The should rebound in a few weeks, once the roots become established. Hydrangeas prefer to grow in morning sun and afternoon shade. If they are sitting in afternoon sun they will look terribly droopy, but will recover overnight. The best thing you can do for your hydrangeas is to water them deeply once each week. They should recover from the transplant in a week or two.

Best wishes with your new plants!

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