Hydrangea Care - Knowledgebase Question

Walkersville, Ma
Question by purpleconfet
April 20, 2010
My hydrangea plant wilts every day w/o water. What can I put at the base of this 8 year old plant to hold in the water and aid it in soaking into ground?


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Answer from NGA
April 20, 2010

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Hydrangeas grow best in morning sun and afternoon shade. If yours is in full sun it will wilt in the afternoon. It doesn't need water - it's just wilting because it is protecting itself from the hot sunshine. It will recover by the next morning and look just fine. Aside from moving it to a shadier site there's nothing you can do to keep it from wilting. Don't water on a daily basis. Instead water deeply once or twice a week. Soil that's too soggy can actually suffocate the roots by driving out all the oxygen from the soil. Best wishes with your hydrangea.

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