Hydrangeas forum→Is this normal? Black spots on all my Hydrangea stems.

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Apr 21, 2018 2:00 AM CST
I'm in zone 8a, and I planted my Hydrangea on April 5th. Yesterday I was looking at it, and noticed all the stems have black spots on them that get more pink as they get towards the top of the stems. I bought it from lowes, and I'm not sure if the spots were already there, or not. This is my first time attempting to garden Hurray! It seems healthy, and is blooming. Also, should I prune off the leaves that are to close to the ground that are getting wet? I've also noticed some of the leaves getting holes in them so I put "sluggo" around them to keep the slugs, and snails away.
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Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
Apr 21, 2018 4:27 PM CST
Yes, it is normal for some varieties to displays these dots. They come in several "colors". You can see them brown, reds, purples, almost blackish at times. Certain varieties actually have the whole stem colored in that shade: Nigra for example is dark purple to almost black and Lady In Red is reddish.

Feel free to cut the leaves or add Sluggo or see if you can capture the pest in action. Just make sure that the shrub is not planted deeply or that it has too much mulch close by.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Apr 21, 2018 8:59 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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Apr 22, 2018 5:43 PM CST
I did not know that, I will be looking more closely:)

Apr 24, 2018 3:24 AM CST
Thank you so much for your reply! I was worried that I was already killing my first plant Sticking tongue out

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