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Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 27, 2017 2:10 PM CST
I had recently purchased two Hydrangea collection, and when they arrived the leaves were black and dried and falling off the stems.

I hurried and planted them, and watered them and today they do not seem to be doing that great, Should I removed the old leaves? If so, it will only be stems. Please see the pictures attached. Please help, I do not want to lose them. Thanks for your help.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 27, 2017 3:12 PM CST
Did you contact the seller and send them some photos? When plants you purchased online arrive in bad shape, its not your fault or your problem. You should always contact the seller and ask for either a refund or new, healthy plants that are in good shape.

The top plant doesn't look too bad. The leaves are green (except for the crispy edges) and the stem looks good. Leave it alone. Keep it watered.

The bottom plant is a little 'iffier'. It does have one green leaf so that is good. I can't really tell what its doing though.

If you haven't contacted the seller, do it now.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jun 27, 2017 3:19 PM CST
I agree You shouldn't accept plants that aren't healthy from any seller.

One other problem I'm seeing is it looks like your hydrangeas are in the sun. They like to grow in moist shade, hardly any sun (maybe early morning or evening). Those new plants need to be shaded and kept cool and moist.

Don't remove any leaves. They need whatever green they have to make more roots. Once they make roots, they'll put up new healthy leaves and then you can remove those ratty ones.

Forgot to say, if you bought these off eBay be sure to write a bad review of the seller. That's your only recourse, to let others know there were problems. Plus of course don't buy plants off eBay, but from reputable online nurseries instead. They're not much more expensive and usually much higher quality, and they will stand behind their plants.

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