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Help,,,my blue hydrangea appears to be dying

d.coed.coe Posts: 15
Bought and planted recently in the garden, the hydrangea was in full bloom with a lovely show of blue flowers, however, more or less all of the mop heads have suddenly collapsed.... why? I have watered it lots. This is most upsetting and depressing, will it recover? What can I do if anything?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,821
    Can you show us a photo of the whole plant please 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    It may simply be a bit of transplant shock, as a lot of these are grown in quite cossetted conditions, and they struggle a little when faced with the real world of a garden  :)

    It could be too much sun, and the plant is unable to sustain the heavy top growth as it hasn't yet established, but a pic will help as @Dovefromabove says. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • d.coed.coe Posts: 15
    Thanks guys but I may have jumped the gun, as it seems to have recovered after watering...............its not that I have not watered it well since I planted it, so am still a little confused. I understand your comments but rest assured its not in full sunlight which I am trying to rectify and its been in the ground now for several weeks. Any change I'll restart conversation and try to load photo.....thanks for now :) 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    Watering is key - and often, people think they're watering enough when they really aren't  :)
    Even plants which like sun and free draining soil need well watered until established. An average sized hydrangea would need a canful of water every couple of days until cooler weather and more rain [autumn] is present. If you haven't given it that sort of amount, it won't have been enough, especially if you've had drier conditions.  :)
    Watering little and often is also worse, as it doesn't encourage roots to get down into the ground. They stay nearer the surface, which means they struggle to support plants in dry spells. 
    It'll take a while establish too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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