Hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

Mae, WA (Zone 5B)
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Question by chaplaintiel
May 8, 2006
We planted some very healthy Hydrangea plants. After 3 days [it has been winds of 10-15mph], although we have watered them once a day, they are now wilted. What caused it? Are these plants just going through shock from being transplanted? Will they naturally bounce back?

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2006
Newly planted hydrangeas naturally go through a little transplant shock and wilting leaves are a common occurance. Couple the stress of transplant with some windy conditions and your plant is sure to look sad for a few weeks. Hydrangeas tend to look wilty (inspite of having plenty of soil moisture) when hot afternoon sunshine hits them. The plants generally recover over night and look fine in the morning. At this point I'd wait and watch the plant. If it continues to wilt, especially in hot afternoon sunshine, you may want to move it to a more protected site this winter when it is dormant. Moving it during dormancy is the least stressful approach. When it wakes up in the spring, the root system will already be established and the plant will be ready to grow. Best of luck with your new plant!

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