Wilting & Dropping Leaves On Hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Elk Grove, CA
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Question by sae46
September 7, 2001
Approximately 4 weeks ago I bought your Pink Elf miniature
Hydragea it was a 5 gallson plant. It was a very full and lush. It is now dropping leaves along with wilting leaves. It only gets morning sun. I planted it in a large container
with a good mix of compost and planting mix. I am at a loss for the cause of the problem. Maybe it should be planted
in the ground instead? Thank you for any help.
Sandra Edwards

Answer from NGA
September 7, 2001
Most plants go through an adjustment period after being transplanted. This can include wilting, dropping or yellowing leaves, and dropping blossoms. The exposure is probably different that it was used to, and sometimes roots can be damaged during the process of being moved from one place to another. Your hydrangea should be happy growing in a container, as long as there are adequate drainage holes so the growing medium doesn't stay soggy after watering. Morning sunshine is fine your your plant. Give your new hydrangea regular water (allow the soil to barely dry out before watering again) and be sure to water thoroughly when you do water, making sure all the soil is saturated and water runs freely from the drainage holes. I suspect your plant is just going through a period of stress. Give it a little more time and it should perk up for you.

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