Roots and base only hydrangea - Knowledgebase Question

Des Moines Iowa, IA
Question by mmooree
June 20, 2006
I transplanted a hydrangea from the sunny back yard to the shady front. It had 2 stalks and one flower on it and they both broke off. I went ahead and put it in the ground and propped up the 2 broken stalks. Is this hopeless, or will the base with the roots grow up some more stalks? It was just wilting daily in the hot sun.

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2006


If the stalks are broken you may as well trim them off neatly, cut just above a leaf. The plant should regrow from the base. In a way, the breakage is not so bad because it helps compensate for any roots lost in the moving process and makes the transplanting a bit less stressful on the plant.

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