The Q&A Archives: how do I care for Hydrangea

Question: How do you care for hydrangea plants. When I planted them they started to droop in the sunlight but the directions say full sun. They are a Japanese type. What should I do with the dead flowers? They are like a cluster. Do I pick them off or just leave them on? I am not very good with plants but bought three of these and would like to be able to keep them growing.

Answer: Although hydrangea plant tags say they will grow in full sunshine it has been my experience that they droop in hot afternoon sun. They recover overnight and look fine in the morning. If you can't stand to see them droop, wait until this fall or winter and move them to a site that will get morning sun and afternoon shade in the summertime. This will give them enough sun to bloom well but not so much that they wilt in the afternoon.

When the flowers die, cut them off the plant, along with some of the stem. Your shrub will then grow new stems at the site of the cut.

Enjoy your hydrangeas!

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