Is it dead?

valtorrez(6b)August 1, 2012

I planted a forever hydrangea in June before heat wave. Since then the temps have stayed in the upper 90's with 10-plus days over 100. The plant is planted in full sun. I have been watering it but now all it's leaves are scorched adn the stems are now brown. They are not brittle but still brown. Do you think it is dead or should I move to another area come fall?

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Springwood_Gardens(6B Pittsburgh)

If you are afraid for its life then you could move it into a shaded area now, until mid-Sept or early Oct. I don't think we could decide if it's dead or not unless you have a picture of it, though...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 11:50AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

If it is already planted in the ground, then I suggest you rig up some kind of shade for it for now. Then you can move it in the fall or spring when the weather is more conducive to transplanting.

If nothing else, put a lawn chair over it for shade--but check every couple hours to see how the sun/shade pattern is changing--so you can calculate the direction the chair needs to be to angle shade over the plant.

And lots of water during this heat.

Kate

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 1:27PM
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hokierustywilliamsbu

full sun is too much-needs half day at most...

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 8:54PM
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