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Hydrangea problems

megbryan says:

Hi everyone, I planted this hydrangea at the end of May in Rememberance of a baby that I miscarried and I am desperate for it to live. I'm not sure what is wrong with it, it has had three beautiful blooms which makes me think that it's not too unhealthy, but it is very droopy and sticks keep on drying up and dying, making them very easy to just pull off of the plant without any effort (this has happened to about 5 stalks). This makes me think that it needs more water, but that doesn't make any difference. I tried less water, and it is the same. This plant gets morning and evening sun. It is in a lower part of our yard so it gets quite a bit of water just due to the drainage. Can anyone please help. My heart aches thinking that this plant will not make it. 

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  • MrMahoniaMrMahonia Posts: 82

    im very sorry to hear your story. how much soil have you got under those stones. the area looks a little industrious. hydrangeos are very thirsty and this area looks dry and perhaps a little too well drained

  • megbryanmegbryan Posts: 3

    The soil in my area is very clay- like naturally, when I bought the plant the nursery sold me some soil that "breaks up clay", it looked like mulch to me. The soil did sink down when I watered it, I can add more on top. What type of soil should I use? 

  • Steve71Steve71 Posts: 7

    Hi, just wondered have you been feeding this plant? I never feed mine 'cos it causes stems to be floppy.  I just put on well rotted manure in the spring and thats all. Hope this helps.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I'm very sorry for your loss meg. 

    This'll bump the thread up and hopefully more people will see it and be able to make suggestions.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    That looks like Annabelle to me Meg. They can be a bit lax in habit. If you're on clay it should be perfectly happy. It's only been in a few months so it's establishing right now so don't expect too much from it this year. It looks pretty healthy. A bit of leaf loss and the odd problem is common. I do understand your loss been in that position myself many years ago now, but have 3 large tall boys now all much taller than me. So life will get better and so will your hydrangea.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    I'm sorry to. My ex and I went through what your experiancing.

    Bob is right they do flop over easily. It may be worth staking it.Those massive flower heads eventually will get damaged by rain and wind if not.

    When you see new growtb coming tbrough next year. Cut the old canes off at ground level.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Their perfectly fine in clay. Mine about 4ft tall and still evolving

  • MrMahoniaMrMahonia Posts: 82

    yes add a support or stake while it gets established but it will be fine image

  • megbryanmegbryan Posts: 3

    Thank you so much everyone! I will add some more soil at the base and a stake. You are all very reassuring and I feel so much better. 

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