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Question: 3 years ago I planted a Monrovia Pink Elf Miniature French Hydrangea.It says on the tag it should grow to 18 in tall and 24 in wide. A small shrub good for containers or borders. It is now about 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide and hides all my plants behind it. Beautiful plant but not good for the spot it is in so I would like to transplant it. Another problem I'm having with it is it is planted in full sun and seems to wilt drastically in the summer heat. Watering seems to revive it almost immediately but I find myself having to water it everyday. Should I find a shadier location for it. I think I have a good idea of what is needed and when by some of the answers you have given to others. Thank you

Answer: A shadier site would be better. Hydrangeas do well in morning sun or in bright dappled light all day long. That would certainly help with the afternoon wilting. You may also find that the wilting is temporary and due to heat stress -- sometimes the plants are well watered but will wilt late in the day, then perk up as the sun goes down. If it recovers without more water and is not wilted by the morning, then it was heat stress rather than lack of water. Pink Elf should be consistently small, so perhaps your plant was somehow mislabeled. I would suggest waiting to move it, this is the most stressful time to transplant. You could transplant in late fall or very early spring.

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