Hydrangeas (Link Included) - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jason73
November 13, 2010
I have 3 hydrangeas, all of which unfortunately have been somewhat neglected this summer. They got way too much sun, probably not enough water. I want to move these to better locations. Is the timing ok to move? We've had some warmer days lately and they still have some leaves on them. Thanks

Answer from NGA
November 13, 2010
Thanks for the photos - they are really helpful when trying to diagnose a plant problem. Your hydrangeas have developed Cercospora leaf spot. A fungicide will help. You can move your hydrangeas now. They generally like about 4 hours of morning sun but shade or filtered shade from hot afternoon sunshine. After transplanting, water them well to help settle the soil. I'd prune off the spent flowers but leave the stems and leaves alone until next spring. Your plants can be pruned back in the spring and healthy new growth will emerge. When the leaves are just unfurling, spray with a fungicide such as Daconil or Immunox to help protect them from fungal leaf spots. Best wishes with your hydrangeas.

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