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Downbeachdude
Aug 19, 2017 9:54 AM CST
I planted a 3 gal. oakleaf hydrangea alice in early July. I got it from a local nursery where it was kept in a shady spot and had already looked like it was going into its Fall mode. Here it is in late August and there is no new growth on it, has lost some leaves and looks droopy and has some Fall color on it. I`ve been keeping it watered throughout the summer since its in a sunny spot in zone 7b South Jersey coastal area. Should I just let it be as is and wait until next Spring to see how it grows? Any suggestions or ideas?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 19, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Hi Downbeachdud, maybe @plantrob can answer your question. Looks like he has this plant.
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Aug 19, 2017 11:11 PM CST
The hydrangea will do better in partial sun. Morning sun, afternoon shade will be fine. I doubt you will see new growth until next spring. It could very well be getting ready to go dormant so you definitely will not see new growth if that is the case. I ordered mine and it was the sorriest 3 twigs I've ever seen in my life last year. Those same three twigs turned into a 2 ft bush this year with much improved growth. Next year should see it hitting its 3 foot mark. Don't give up til next year. If you have no growth next year, then you have a problem. I'd move it to partial sun then wait for next year.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Aug 20, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Thank you Karen, great information.

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