The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea

Question: I planned my hydrangea in the ground about a month ago. The leaves are turning brown, what's going on? Also do I need stakes to hold up my plant, it flopped when I put it in the ground.

Answer: Browning leaves and floppy stems aren't a good sign. In your region hydrangeas grow best in morning sun and filtered afternoon shade. If they get full afternoon sun they droop and wilt. Browing leaves can indicate sunburn, or over watering. Since your plant is not thriving in its current location you might want to dig it up, relocate it to a more protected site in your garden, mix some organic matter in with the soil and replant. Then water deeply once or twice a week until the roots become established. When they do you will see new growth and at that time you can prune away any dead or dying leaves and stems. Good luck with your hydrangea!

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