French Hydrangea Leaves Changing To Reddish Yellow - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
Question by LOVE4ANGELS3
October 2, 2001
I HAVE A FRENCH HYDRANGEA IN A PLASTIC CONTAINER ON MY DECK THAT ITS LEAVES ARE TURNING A REDDISH YELLOW AND FALLING OFF, WHAT DO I DO? IT WAS FINE ALL SUMMER, BUT DID NOT BLOOM , IT JUST GOT LARGER IN SIZE.


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Answer from NGA
October 2, 2001

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Since it is October, this is probably a result of the weather with the plant beginning to change color prior to losing its leaves for the winter. You will need to protect the plant in some way this winter if you want it to survive, assuming it is a hardy variety. The roots will need to be insulated from the cold (you culd sink the pot in the ground or possibly heap a generous amount of mulch over it) and the plant should be kept in a sheltered location out of the wind. Many hydrangeas bloom on the previous year's growth, so it is important to minimize winter damage as well as to avoid pruning it before the next bloom season.

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