Kateandtheclay Posts: 6
Hi I'm new to this forum. I'm wondering if anyone can shed any light on why a fairly young climbing hydrangea that previously appeared happy may have suddenly died. It's in an ericaceous container with other acid loving plants, in a sheltered courtyard on a north facing wall. I planted the whole container last summer. The hydrangea appeared happy and was growing / climbing (with expected dormancy over winter) until about a month ago when it started to wilt, and it's now very much dead! Im assuming something has attacked the roots?? Everything around it remains happy. Is there any way of telling what has killed it when I take it out? I don't want to replace it for the same thing to just happen again. And advice would be gratefully received! Many thanks
I wouldn't have planted a Hydrangea petiolaris in a container - they grow into big hungry plants and need lots of nutrition and water. If I did put one in a container it would have to be a very large one containing John Innes No 3 loam based compost.
If you've used an ericaceous peat based or multi-purpose compost it's unlikely to be happy there for long. It is also the preferred home of vine-weevil grubs which will eat the roots of many plants.
When you take it out look for vine weevil grubs among the roots