Hydrangea Leaves Wilting - Knowledgebase Question

Evans City, PA
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Question by DBrady2273
August 7, 1998
The tips of the hydrangea bush have wilted, turned brown and fallen off. New leaves appear but seem to be brown tipped also.

Answer from NGA
August 7, 1998
It sounds as though your hydrangea is suffering from stress. Hydrangeas really prefer a partial shade or morning sun situation in evenly moist soil well-enriched with organic matter. (A rule of thumb is about an inch of water a week from either the sky or the gardener, and it is best applied as a deep soaking rather than frequent light sprinklings.) They also appreciate a mulch.

It is possible that your shrub is receiving either too much sun or too little water or a combination of both. Newly planted shrubs are particularly prone to this type of stress because they have not yet developed a full root system. Good luck with your hydrangea.

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