Hydrangea Issues...

arjo_reichJune 1, 2007

I planted four hydrangea from pots to my garden over the holiday weekend and I have one that appears to be doing fine, one that looks a little shocked from the process and two that look like they're quite simply not going to make it. The ones in question have all their leaves laying down completely on the soil and they just look horrible.

I might have "torn up" their root ball a little too much while scoring it but I did all four of them equally as brutally, so I don't know why they would be hurting why the other two seem fine, or at least recovering to their new homes. Since they're all planted in line, and in the same type of amended soil, I don't think there's a real variance there to consider, but I'm open for all suggestions / ideas.

This is my first time with the plant and I'm unfamilar to how sensitive it is to being planted / watering, etc.

Their location is a darker section of a semi-shaded area, but they all still receive the first four hours of morning sun and then screened light from the trees for the rest of the day.

The pH of the soil started off at 4.5 but I amended it up to closer to 6.0 to make things a little more hospitable for my hostas and coral bells... I'm really reaching here, if you couldn't tell...


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If this happened to me, which it has before, I would cut the plant back thinking that whatever roots are functioning cannot handle the whole plant and so I give it a smaller top to have to supply to. I would try to water daily, unless they are sitting in a poorly draining area (which I doubt becoz of the drought). If poorly drained then I would let it dry out some. I would mulch everything and hope for the best. You may have injured the roots some or you may have left the roots exposed while you were digging or adjusting your planting hole ( I am famous for this) and so the roots dried out. Likely this is shock and it will recover. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 10:51PM
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farmerbell(6b TN)

It might help if you could keep the sun off the ones that are having problems. A big box or even a big black pot placed over the hydrangea can sheild them and stop so much transpiration. Take the cover off once they are out of the sun. Cutting back some foliage will probably help as well. Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 11:33PM
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