Dried Out Hydrangea
I've got a wilted hydrangea...what have I done? We just bought a fully bloomed, five-headed hydrangea a week ago, but then it wilted after just 3 days. What can I do to let it live?
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Typically, in hydrangea, this is caused by a watering issue, though it could be a number of other things--over fertilizing, leaf scorch (if planted in too much sun), etc. Check the soil and make sure that it is damp, but not soaked. It should have drainage. Has it recently been planted? If newly planted, there may be gaps in the soil around the root ball that is drying out the roots. I would tamp down the soil around the plant. I would also recommend upping the watering. In addition, it could be suffering from shock. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm