Perennials forum: Yellow leaves on my hydrangea

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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jun 30, 2014 2:20 PM CST
I planted a new to me hydrangea this year (Bobo), and the bottom leaves are turning yellow. I've planted it in a bed that has phlox and other perennials in it that get watered often. The bed gets sun from about 10 a m until early evening. Too much water or too much sun? Any advice would be appreciated. It's such a pretty little hydrangea that I'd hate to lose it from too much attention!

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virginiarose
Jul 12, 2014 5:35 AM CST
Sorry for a late response Rose. I always thought Hydrangeas liked some shade, not quite sure how much. Also it could be iron chlorosis. See if this article helps.

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/hydrangeafaq2.html#Why...
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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Jul 16, 2014 7:19 PM CST

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Bobo should be ok in the sun. Is it ok now?
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 17, 2014 4:11 AM CST
I still have some yellow leaves, but they seem to be slowing down. I've just been picking them off. Maybe it was just from the shock of replanting, but they didn't start until a while after planting... I'll leave it and see how it does through the heat of the summer. May have to move it next year to an area with a bit more shade. It is getting some blooms on it, so may be okay!
Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Jul 17, 2014 5:48 AM CST

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I don't think you'll have to move it. Mine did that when I planted it. These can even take full sun here.
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PollyK
Oct 3, 2014 10:03 AM CST
Mine do that when I plant them, also. I sell hydrangeas in my nursery, and they are right outside in pots inn full sun. Another nursery sells them under shade cloth, and mine actually look better.

We're actually zone 6a---not counting last winter, so yours should do fine.

Bobo is a hydrangea paniculata, and they are hardy as heck. I can't recommend a better shrub, unless maybe Limelight.

Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Oct 5, 2014 8:34 AM CST
Thanks Polly! Bobo has done very well this first season, after the shock of planting, and I'd recommend this one as a must have! Lots of blooms for such a young plant! I do have limelight on my list...

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Name: emily
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etl75
Jul 13, 2015 11:56 AM CST
hello my bobo is also experiencing the same problem , yellowing of leaves at the bottom of the plant. So, do i need to put iron in the soil
o I just need to wait and let the plant settled? Also, i want to ask how often do you water them now that the flowers already blooming?

Thanks a lot,
etl75 Thank You!
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 13, 2015 2:32 PM CST
Hi etl75 and welcome!

I kept mine watered daily until it quit wilting the first year I had it, but I live in sand and things dry out really fast. Mine is doing great after baby sitting with it the first year. Now I just water weekly if we haven't had rain.

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