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Can ES hydragea tolerate full sun in Chicago area

Posted by vivian_2010 IL (My Page) on
Sun, May 23, 10 at 18:34

I live in the north sub area of Chicago. I planted 5 ES this spring. 2 of them got almost full day sun (morning to ~4 pm). We are having our first hot summer day (~90F)I noticed that they wilt. But after watering, they will recover. I do not have much shaded area to move these ES to. I am hoping that after the first year and after roots are established, they will be ok. Should I keep these ES or return them for something that is more tolerate of full sun?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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RE: Can ES hydragea tolerate full sun in Chicago area

Once they are established, they probably will survive the full sun. However, they probably will wilt on every hot day, and they might not flower as profusely as if they received some shade. If the wilting bothers you, you should return them. If not, then enjoy. :) I myself have about 10 ES in mostly sun. The ones that receive more shade have many more blooms, but those in the sun have some too.

RE: Can ES hydragea tolerate full sun in Chicago area

I just moved one this spring to a morning sun only location, since it never did well in it's fuller sun location. It's in it's fourth or fifth year, can't remember exactly. I've already noticed how much better it's doing with more shade...and it didn't wilt at all today!!! We hit mid 90's, too. I'm about 20 miles west of Chicago.

RE: Can ES hydragea tolerate full sun in Chicago area

Thanks for your comments. I will keep them where they are and see if they will be more tolerant of sun next year. If not, I may need to move these two ES to some place with more shade.

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