Help me save my hydrangea!

koms1016(9)January 24, 2013

As you can see from the attached picture, my endless hydrangea isn't doing so well. Any idea what's wrong with it? Should I prune it? Is this normal for winter? It gets water and sun, so not sure how to bring it back to life. I never got large blooms from it but would LOVE to have them.


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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Yes, this is perfectly normal albeit a little late in the season. Hydrangeas are deciduos so in the winter months, the leaves will turn colors and dry out (they are dry when the leaves brown out). As the leaves change colors, you will see areas where they develop fungal infections called leaf spots. These tend to be reddish, purplish, round.... colored areas other than green. These leaves can be tossed in the trash when they dry out so the spores will not spread. You can reduce this problem in future years by doing no overhead watering and keeping the area under the plant free of plant debris (you should only see the mulch).

    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:54PM
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Wow, I was going to ask the same question regarding my Merritt's Supreme" hydrangeas(Hydrangea macrophylla). I am so glad that you have answered this question. The leaves on mine are soft and moist. Is that a sign of overwatering? Should I cut them off now or let them dry out? Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 10:57AM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I would let the plants get whatever nourishment they want/need from the existing leaves and just forget about cutting the leaves. Eventually, they will dry out and "disintegrate". If a sudden cold spell comes by, that will accelerate the leaves' changes.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 6:25PM
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