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Lack Luster Hydrangea

Planted these around 2 months ago, though the last week or so they've started to wilt and lose their colour... any advice?imageimage


  • Will do, thanks.

    I didn't soak and loosen roots. I'm new to gardening - so I don't have a routine. I water once a day and have just bought some fish blood & bone to put around them. 

    Last edited: 10 August 2016 20:50:17

  • oh, crap. I do tease them out, but not much as im scared of breaking them. How long are you meant to soak them for?

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,025

    If you put a plant, in its pot, in a bucket of water and it floats, you know it's dry.  You can't tell by the surface of the compost, which may be damp even though the roots and compost in the middle are completely dry.  So before you plant anything out of a pot, it's advisable to put it in a bucket of water, weighing the pot down with a brick or something if it floats, and wait until no more bubbles of air emerge from the compost.  You can leave it for an hour or two in the bucket and it won't come to any harm.  (The water should be deep enough to submerge the pot, but preferably not the plant as well!)

    I think I'd carefully dig up the one in the photo and soak it in a bucket of water before replanting.  If it turns out it was already soggy you'll know that wasn't the problem...

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,025

    You could be right, Verdun, that they just need a good water - a closer look suggests the leaves aren't wilting, just the flowers.  image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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