Floppy Hydrangea Limelight
I planted a Hydrangea Limelight a few weeks ago. It came with bamboo supports, which I foolishly thought were just for security while transporting it, since all the hydrangeas I have, including the many I have grown myself from cuttings, have been solid and hefty enough to support themselves. It was in flower and has five or six large flowerheads. Tonight I had to dash out in the rain and stake it up again because the torrential thunderstorms had dashed it completely to the ground. None of the stems were broken and it's securely fastened up now, but I'm wondering if this is how it will always be, or whether it will harden up and be self-supporting. I know that growers force plants into flower early and I wondered if it was just too young a plant to support so many flowers. If so, will the stems harden up for next year? Should I prune it in March to get new growth? If I don't, will the current stems just get longer and remain floppy? Please advise. I don't usually have problems with hydrangeas.