potted hydrangeas wilt and die - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by carolhunt102
July 4, 2010
What special instructions do you have for planting and growing hydrangeas in a pot? I have never been able to keep one alive for a whole summer.This year mine wilted and died almost overnight after looking good for over a month.

Answer from NGA
July 4, 2010
Overwatering can cause root rot and there are no symptoms until the vascular system collapses and the leaves wilt. Make sure your container has lots of drainage holes in the bottom and use potting soil as the growing media. After planting, water well and then allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. It's important for the soil to become just barely damp between waterings. This allows oxygen to reach the roots so they remain healthy. I hope this information helps.

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