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What's this plant called and how to water it?

Gn0meGn0me Posts: 82
Can anyone identify this plant please? It was given to me a couple of weeks ago.

I'm a bit confused about how much and often to water this plant.

As you should be able to see from the photo, it's a bit droopy and the leaves are getting yellow. I don't know if it's just the season, however, the droopiness goes after I've watered it.

Once identified, I'm sure there'll be plenty of advice online somewhere about how to look after it as long as it's based on one in a planter.

Thanks very much.


  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,306
    'The droopiness  goes after watering it' this is telling you not enough water. It is a Hydranga they like lots of water. Have you checked the roots ? If it has been in the pot a long time it could be pot bound. 
    Looking forward to my new garden with clay soil here in South Notts.

    Gardening is so exciting I wet my plants. 
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I agree. They were my thoughts as I read the post. They lose their leaves in the autumn so wouldn't worry about that too much but if it is pot bound then it needs more water. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Gn0meGn0me Posts: 82
    Thanks very much.
    Yes, it is pot bound.
    I'll look up Hydranga and read how to look after it.
    Thanks again.

  • Be careful.
    It will soon lose all the leaves.
    Then during winter it will not need watering as often as in the spring or summer.
    Looks a fine specimen but needs a bigger pot.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,306
    @Gn0me Agree with @Silversurfer. Pot feet or something to raise it off the ground over winter would be good. This allows excess water to run through. It will also help to protect the pot as air can circulate.
    Looking forward to my new garden with clay soil here in South Notts.

    Gardening is so exciting I wet my plants. 
  • Gn0meGn0me Posts: 82
    Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    They rather like Japanese woodlands, they have found it very difficult in the UK this year. If you plant it in a border it may change colour.
  • Gn0meGn0me Posts: 82
    That would make sense as the person who gave me this plant is originally from that side of the world. She also gave me a Japanese Acer/Maple tree but the leaves are shrivelled up, however, it was like that when I brought it home. She said the leaves went like that after she went on holiday for 3 weeks with no one to water it, it's also in a pot.

    I have watered it but I'm wondering if it's not enough. How often are you supposed to water them and how much? It's still all new to me really.
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,268
    The acer has probably been scorched in the heat .Not much to be done really .Just put it in a shady sheltered place .keep it watered, and next spring it’ll be good .The leaves will fall off and it will come again next spring .
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