TOO MUCH HYDRANGEA?? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pkimball
July 1, 2010
I have a hydrangea that is in relatively full sun. Bloomed beautifully in May but now flowers are brown inspite of frequent watering. Will it help to try and provide shade? I've heard they prefre shade but have seen some that flourish in sun, too. Thanks

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
Hydrangeas can take full sunshine but the leaves can wilt in the hot afternoon sun and the flowers can age prematurely. If you transplant your hydrangea to a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade you'll cure both problems. However, it might be easier to allow your hydrangea to remain where it is and enjoy the flowers early in the season before they turn brown. You can clip those spent flowers off your shrub when you're tired of looking at them.

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